Duane Fernandez Jr.
New York, New York
Tends Bar AtACME
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THL: What are your other gigs and interests?
I'm immersed in the world of USBG NY (United States Bartenders Guild). I work with numerous brands, and bring them to life on television, radio and print media. Other than that, I enjoy hanging out with friends wearing the best threads I can find at stores. Always looking fly!
THL: What is something that best represents your personality?
I can give you glamour and hood at the same time...all while having fun and, of course, drinking. Here is a YouTube clip from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. I'm the Spanish bald guy shaking and drinking...haha.
THL: What is your bartending style?
I love to be the star of the show. I'm the entertainment for you, while serving you the best cocktails I have to offer. It's part of my theater act.
THL: How do you find inspiration for new cocktails and recipes?
From my bartender peers across the world. I read all the publications that this industry has to offer. I also go to the local farmers market and see what is season.
THL: Besides bartending, what things do you do well?
I'm very organized...I always need things in order. Especially my bar! Everything has its place so I can delivery the cocktails in a timely manner.
I also take great pictures!
Eating is my second hobby, I hope to find a partner who is a chef that can cook for me while I make them cocktails.
THL: Ever had any strange customer requests while bartending?
Every request is strange in my opinion.
THL: What is your favorite after-shift drink?
Bourbon neat, rocks, or Manhattan. Nothing like an after work brown American spirit.
THL: What is the one thing you can’t live without from your home liquor cabinet?
Berheim Winter Wheat Whiskey. Just so pleasing to the palate while at home...also, a bottle of vodka in the freezer.
THL: What is the most underrated cocktail?
The classic Corpse Reviver...one of those old cocktails that has citrus and absinthe. Yum, yum, yum.
THL: What is the test of a great bartender?
Being able to multi-task, make cocktails for guests and staff at the same time. All the while greeting, listening, and talking with guests.
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