About Ted Wilson,
The Classic Mixer
I might not be able to call myself a bartender in the fullest sense of that fine profession. Despite all my fussing with ingredients, I reluctantly call myself a mixologist. I’m damn sure I’m not even close to a bar chef.
But I do mix drinks for a living. And I like to research and mix classic drinks. I love to mess around with classic recipes by adding a contemporary nudge or two to them.
So, when I really think about it, I’m a mixer. Thus, The Classic Mixer.
My resume - sort of ...
- I have spent a lifetime collecting product knowledge.
- While sitting at a bar, my dear bride, Ann, used to get really mad at me when I paid more attention to a bartender's ballet than I paid to her.
- Finally, back in aught three, I took that product knowledge to school and turned my attentions to a professional bartending class at a local community college.
- Then I set about starting a consulting business. Just to have a little cash flow, I put the bartending class to work by tending a bar or two here and there.
- I spent more time researching potential drinks than potential clients so I chucked the consultancy and declared bartending as my true calling.
- Not feeling totally up to snuff, I signed up for all sorts of online newsletters the most important one being bartender extraordinaire and cocktail guru Gaz Regan’s Ardent Spirits newsletters.
- The more I read – books, magazines, blogs, and email newsletters – the more I didn’t know so I attended the 2009 New York Bar Show. I went to as many of the seminars as possible, most of which were led by world-class barkeeps, mixologists, and various cocktail gurus. This was a major eye-opener: I had a lot of snuff to get up to.
- That's when I went all out and signed up for BarSmarts Wired. After four weeks of the most intense and challenging educational experiences I’ve ever gone through, I passed and got my suitable-for-framing certificate and a bunch of really cool bar tools of my very own. It got me up to snuff.
- I continue to continue my own continuing education.
- I “liked” Liquor.com and Imbibe Magazine on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter - @classicmixer.
- I have a subscription to Imbibe Magazine, for Pete’s sake.
- Among other oddities, I own bottles of Fernet Branca, Green Chartreuse, Benedictine, Luxardo Maraschino, and John Taylor’s Velvet Falernum and I’m not afraid to use them.
- I am now up to snuff and even a pinch above.