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THL: What are your other gigs and interests?
Traveling & drinking. Cooking & eating. Sleeping & fighting.
THL: What is something that best represents your personality?
Definitely Leo Sayer!
THL: What is your bartending style?
Quick, OCD. I like to play efficiency games in my head. I'm also a fan of the night guiding itself. You never know. I like to start a shift working behind a bar and finish across town, drinking a snack-quiri with friends.
THL: How do you find inspiration for new cocktails and recipes?
I'm inspired by my peers, and ingredients. I love tasting something I've never had before. When someone creates a unique flavor, I become obsessed for a while! Everyone has their own palate, I like to explore other people's, and try to refine my own.
THL: Besides bartending, what things do you do well?
Really well? I buy things on eBay while drunk. I'm excellent at being bashful. Soup.
THL: Ever had any strange customer requests while bartending?
Nothing is that strange after a certain hour. Marriage proposals, settling bets, misguided beverage requests...the usual.
THL: What is your favorite after-shift drink?
It depends. Something I can throw over a rock after all the citrus is tossed for the night. Usually a Negroni. With a splash of Champagne if there's an open bottle.
THL: What is the one thing you can’t live without from your home liquor cabinet?
Bitters. Bitters makes it better. I can bake, cook and make drinks with them.
THL: What is the most underrated cocktail?
Three-ingredient cocktails are ofter overlooked and often (when made well) excellent. Daiquiri, Old Fashioned, Fix. They're just perfect.
THL: What is the test of a great bartender?
That's a tough one. Keeping your cool, it has to be. Whether it's a million tickets, a table of 8 who orders one drink at a time every 7 minutes, a megalomaniacal fuckwit who's cussing up a storm and making you uncomfortable, drunks girls who can't pronounce "vodka" (there's a D in there, idiot!). Grace under pressure is key. If you can diffuse any argument, let stupidity roll off your back and imperceptibly pick up the pace when needed, you're doing okay.
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