Fan them once and for all
As bartenders we like educating not only ourselves but our guests on different spirits, cocktails, beers, wine, ageing processes, distillation, fermentation etc. When it comes to basic cleanliness and keeping fruit flies out of our bars (and out of our drinks) we are certainly uneducated.
At least once a week . . .
A classic cocktail should be familiar like a pair of Chucks, brown loafers, or an always shined pair of black dress shoes. These are without a doubt staples that every guy should have in their closet. A modern cocktail, on the other hand, may or may not stand the test of time like the previously mentioned enduring footwear. I'll . . .
...but enough horsing around
In order to avoid the mad dash to post about juleps yesterday I decided to hold back. It was also a day that comes around every couple of years when Cinco de Mayo falls on Derby Day. Cinco de Mayo of course being a celebration of the day Mexico beat France at the Battle of Puebla (1862) and The Kentucky Derby is the first . . .
And I didn't know it until I got back
For the longest time, I have avoided the Chicago Cocktail. Mostly because I have never had a good one. It is one of those cocktails that you see on menus of newly opened places that have no soul. The new bar manager who was waiting tables a year before thought it was a good idea to dig this one out of his reprinted copy of . . .
The original cocktail of Logan Square
This drink is not mine. A good friend and one of the owners of the Whistler, Billy Helmkamp, came up with this smooth sipping winner about ten years ago. I mentioned him last week on the blog when I was talking about bars that keep their sidewalks clean. Billy has been at it for a long time in the Windy City. If you get . . .
Good service starts at the curb
The way the sidewalk in front of your establishment looks says a ton about how you do business inside.
It isn't easy to keep the sidewalk clean. The sidewalks here in Chicago are a doozy. On these gritty paths I have seen mattresses, diapers, red panties, chicken bones, and enough broken glass to encapsulate a high . . .
Using the bartender to push off-premise sales
I often get asked by new clients: "Luke, how do I get people to try/buy/like my product?"
The beverage world is a jungle. There are so many products new and old that are competing for space in the consumer's glass. My biggest tip for this question stems from how people order drinks these days.