December 9th, 2007


Bartending...of a sort.

Last night was a surprise birthday party for a friend of ours' mother-in-law.  He requested that tmfiii and I run the bar, and so we did - even buying a number of additional things for it, such as additional liquor, cherries marinated in bourbon, vermouth, and bitters, amongst other things.

A quick anecdote.  A different friend of ours is a chef.  Once, at a party, he met the head chef of a restaurant which he liked.  He asked the head chef about all the cool dishes that he gets to make there.  "Sure, we have those on the menu," was the response, "but I'm still stuck always making burgers for people."

In other words - no matter how many cool drinks you know how to make, people always come back to the basics.  (Hopefully PX will be the exception - we have reservations there for next Saturday and I am, needless to say, very excited.)

What was the first drink someone asked me for last night?

A screwdriver.


And a number of rum and cokes - I did add lime to some of them, though I never did the "Cuba Libre with gin" despite my temptation.

I made a few Manhattans that were very well received, and Marshall made more than a couple Sazeracs and Virginia Autumns.  But, for the most part, it was pretty standard drinks.

I did have a ton of fun, though, and the best part about being behind the bar - everyone comes and talks to you!