What inspired you to become a bartender?
Growing up as a sci-fi nerd I always kind of wanted to be a mad scientist, but my family had no money for college and I didn’t want to go into debt, so becoming a bartender seemed like the next best thing. turns out it was a great decision, because here I am almost 12 years later and I still love what I do!
Where do you tend bar now? What makes it unique? Distinctive drinks, décor, a certain vibe?
I’m at the newly opened Catahoula hotel bar. It’s a great spot with a little something for everyone. We’ve got a great program of pisco cocktails to go with our chef’s Peruvian small plates. There is also got a menu of more experimental drinks where we all get to really show our creativity with new techniques and fun presentations. On the roof there is also a blender and tiki bar which is more whimsical and lots of fun.
What is your favorite ingredient right now and why?
So many to choose from! I’m currently having a bit of a love affair with agave based spirits. I also love to travel and pull inspiration from the cuisines in countries I’ve been to, most recently Greece and India have been big inspirations.
Do you have any advice for novice/at home bartenders?
buy a good book on the classics and learn those. it will give you a great base to build upon when you’re experimenting with your own concoctions. also, don’t take yourself too seriously and have fun!