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THL: What are your other gigs and interests?
I am a sworn gin slinger for Rob's Mtn Gin, hunting re-used bookstores, playing music at an egregious level in my car, and I REALLY like to eat candy.
THL: What is something that best represents your personality?
I like to peruse craigslist under "missed encounters" and laugh. (Ok, and maybe I've written one or two, just to be creepy)
THL: What is your bartending style?
I would like to hear how other people perceive it, because I try to cater my style to individual guests whenever possible.
THL: How do you find inspiration for new cocktails and recipes?
Watching my fellow 'tenders sling at competitions or behind their own bar. I often think up names before I create a drink then craft the drink around that. I also like to adapt to whatever I have on hand. Often using things you have in your own proverbial backyard is best.
THL: Besides bartending, what things do you do well?
Making people laugh at my expense...and impulse purchasing.
THL: Ever had any strange customer requests while bartending?
It is literally so gross a story I would never write it, and very rarely tell it aloud.
THL: What is your favorite after-shift drink?
I have found it to be hot green tea. Ha! Rye, neat. Old Overholt, usually. Unless of course, someone is being generous with Chartreuse V.E.P.
THL: What is the one thing you can’t live without from your home liquor cabinet?
Any digestif, they tend to be my favorite sipper at any time, and play well with others.
THL: What is the most underrated cocktail?
The Gimlet! But only in the way they drink it in my home state, Wisconsin. Vodka or gin, well chilled with a dash of Rose's Lime and a maraschino cherry. And no, not the Luxardo brand, the unnaturally red sort. Reminds me of Grandma.
THL: What is the test of a great bartender?
One who never forgets a name. Or better yet, a drink.