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Barside Astrology: aries

by Ori,

If you’ve met with me over the last few months, there’s a pretty good chance Astrology has come up in conversation.  With most of the people I meet, I ask them what kind of bar would make them the most happy to work in when they graduate, and a lot of them aren’t sure.  I’ve been getting into Astrology lately, and I’ve found-strangely enough-that it’s been a pretty…

The Souped Up Screwdriver

The idea for the Souped Up Screwdriver came when my best friend Ari bought a Mustang to work on and eventually race.  He named her ratchet, because, well, she needs a lot of work.  We don’t know all that much about cars, but fortunately, Ari is an engineer for the Navy, and at the shop at the Naval base there are a few guys there who love working on cars.  We’re learning a lot as…

The Shot in the Dark

“She has a beautiful little body, hasn’t she?”

“Uh-huh.”

She leaned a little towards me.  ”You ought to see mine,” she said gravely.

“Can it be arranged?”

She laughed suddenly and sharply and went halfway through the door, then turned her head to say coolly: “You’re as cold-blooded a beast as I ever met, Marlowe.  Or can I call you…

Kraken’s Blood

Maybe I’m a romantic who read Treasure Island too young, but I think Rum should taste like Rum.  I think light rum should be smooth, clear, and fresh, and I think dark rum should be black, spiced, sweet, and strong.  It should taste like something made from sugar, it should taste a little exotic.

A few weeks ago, this mysterious-and cheap-rum appeared at the liquor store:

I bought…

French Fireflower Tea

So the core of this drink came from the combination of Domaine de Canton and St. Germain.  I’d taken to drinking these two together with Fiji Water for a while, just to appreciate how good they tasted.  I wanted to make a drink to showcase that.
We used Pomegranate green tea as a filler, because it was mellow enough not to get in the way, like a liquor would, but distinctive enough to add…

Burnt Cider

The ACME near my apartment closes at midnight.  After 10, they close all the entrances but one, and after 11:30, there’s about 5 people in the place.  Four of them are usually the worn out staff, one of them is usually me.  Without any distractions, it’s easy to see when new products come in.  I’m walking through the juice section and I see that Naked has a new offering for the fa…

St. Germain and Domaine De Canton, A Love Story

It was my friend’s first night bartending, and we decided to crash it and help her celebrate.  I’d been experimenting with St. Germain before, and I’d had an amazing cocktail with it at APO, but I had a hunch that mixing it with Domaine De Canton would be a good idea…It was!  On impulse we mixed them up with a splash of pomegranate and made the prototype for what would later become t…

Elements of Bartending: How to Become the Mixologist

In a presentation on Mindful Bartending by industry luminaries Aisha Sharpe and Dushan Zaric, they identified three elements of the complete Bartender: The Mixologist, The Sage, and The Rockstar.  This article is about the Mixologist.

What is a “Mixologist?”

“First you learn your instrument.  Then you practice, practice, practice.  And then, when you finally get up on that…

Elements of Bartending: How to Become the Rockstar

In a presentation on Mindful Bartending by industry luminaries Aisha Sharpe and Dushan Zaric, they identified three elements of the complete Bartender: The Mixologist, The Sage, and The Rockstar.  This article is about the Rockstar.

What is a “Rockstar?”

What is it about her?  Is it what she’s wearing?  Is it his smile?  Is because he suggested the perfect rooftop bar?  Is it t…

Elements of Bartending: How to Become the Sage

In a presentation on Mindful Bartending by industry luminaries Aisha Sharpe and Dushan Zaric, they identified three elements of the complete Bartender: The Mixologist, The Sage, and The Rockstar.  This article is about the Sage.

What is a “Sage?”

Everything changes, but the Sage has a constant awareness and relaxation that carries him through the present moment, and the gifts and…