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Opinions? Is bartending school/academy really needed anymore or is it better just to get started at a restaurant? Good money?

Reatards Unite, Saturday, 1 May 2010 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

imo just get started. i barbacked for a while first.

i made better money during college doing that than any "real" job I've ever had :-/

confederacy-themed bumper sticker enthusiast (will), Saturday, 1 May 2010 15:46 (thirteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

I may have a bartending gig starting this summer. Our town voted to go wet in December, and a couple of friends are opening a restaurant and want me to tend bar. The timing couldn't be worse obviously.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:15 (three years ago) link

Nice! I would take a p/t bartending job in a heartbeat right now just because I think it's fun. It's always been one of my favorite jobs.

Yerac, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:48 (three years ago) link

hey, it's something to look forward to.

a good resource for you might be this guy's blog--he has a good amount of material on his path (was a scientist, started barbacking at 41 and became a professional bartender):*essay

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:50 (three years ago) link

Nice! I've been to that site often for cocktail ideas but haven't looked at the essays, but I will now.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 14:08 (three years ago) link

i was a bartender in a london pub for a couple of months once and i fucking hated it.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 14:11 (three years ago) link

Ha, my first thought was 'i would start doing some squats and stretching now."

Yerac, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 14:12 (three years ago) link

why did you hate it Tracer? I bartended in London before, but the only thing I really hated was the smoke. I loved that they closed early.

Yerac, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 14:14 (three years ago) link

Yeah I need to start getting in shape now. I've lived a very sedentary life and this will kick my ass until I build up a little stamina. The city in its infinite wisdom decreed no liquor sales after 10pm, so that'll be nice.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 14:32 (three years ago) link

constantly on my feet. hated the regulars. i hated my boss. the pay was terrible. i got one 15 minute break per shift in which i was 'free' to heat up the chip fryer (which took 10 minutes) in order to fry some chips for myself (3 minutes) and burn my tongue eating them (2 minutes). or take one of the butter and ham sandwiches from the fridge.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 14:46 (three years ago) link

yeah, that sucks. I was lucky that the two places I worked in London had kitchens so they were good about staff meals and end of night snacks. But the pay was terrible.

Yerac, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 15:09 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

This bartending gig is getting real. Owners showed me around the place yesterday and asked me to give them an equipment/utensil list.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Monday, 18 May 2020 15:46 (three years ago) link

zinc and vitamin D tablets!

Yerac, Monday, 18 May 2020 15:54 (three years ago) link

what kind of restaurant/drinks program will it be?

Yerac, Monday, 18 May 2020 16:17 (three years ago) link

I don't have a clear sense of the kitchen menu except that it's a step up from a diner. They've been developing dishes the past few weeks and I know shrimp and grits is on there. Barwise, this will be the first place open in decades in this town where you can get a drink with your meal, so they really don't know if they'll be slinging more beer, wine or cocktails. There's a pretty basic drinks list -- whiskey sour, margarita, martini, old fashioned, pisco sour, bloody mary, pink pussycat of all things. That's not the full list. The owners want me to come up with a signature cocktail and I was thinking something with rhubarb syrup that would have a nice jewel tone -- the place is called The Gemstone.

I took a bin full of bottles and some rhubarb syrup down there and we just did some brainstorming. I'm going to be educating the owners as much as the customers. One of them said he usually has a rum and coke in the evening so I left him an ounce of Amaro di Angostura to stick in there and try on for size.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Monday, 18 May 2020 16:40 (three years ago) link

oh that's right! it was a dry town. That'll be interesting.

Yerac, Monday, 18 May 2020 16:49 (three years ago) link

zinc and vitamin D tablets!

― Yerac, Monday, May 18, 2020

you lost me there

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Monday, 18 May 2020 16:49 (three years ago) link

oh just that i remember when I bartended, I felt like I was constantly fighting some cold.

Yerac, Monday, 18 May 2020 16:51 (three years ago) link

ah, gotcha

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Monday, 18 May 2020 16:54 (three years ago) link

this sounds so fun -- sounds like they want to keep it accessible and also respect your opinion
what a nice outlet for creativity in such SHITTTY TIMES

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 18 May 2020 16:55 (three years ago) link

otm -- this is exciting and scary.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Monday, 18 May 2020 18:15 (three years ago) link

if your area currently does or will allow to-go cocktails in closed containers as is the case in parts of the country, it might be worth looking into a drink or two where that'd work well and maybe ordering some bottles/containers

I'm not sure what the dining out/bar drinking scene will look like for the near future

mh, Monday, 18 May 2020 18:25 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I want to develop a watermelon cocktail because what could be more Mississippi, but I'm allergic to melon and so others will have to try them and give me tasting notes. I'm definitely part of the team, had a meeting with the owners last weekend. The liquor situation in Mississippi is even more dire than I thought, now that I've seen the state ABC price list. No pisco, so no pisco sour even though one owner wants it on the menu. I know I've seen a lot of bottles in better liquor stores and at finer restaurants that aren't on the state list, so i have to know how to get that stuff and not get the restaurant in trouble.

I started creating a bar bible for myself with a half-size ring binder. Created some page templates for drink recipes, large type and including clip art of the correct glassware for each, and I'm printing the pages onto cardstock and putting a stripe of clear packing tape along the right side so I can turn pages with wet hands. Showed it to the owners and they were like YEAH! and I said this is mine and you can't have it, but I'll make another one for you that stays behind the bar.

Irritable Baal (WmC), Friday, 5 June 2020 13:18 (three years ago) link

would try

calstars, Friday, 5 June 2020 13:22 (three years ago) link

Eating watermelon with salt is SOP down here, so a watermelon margarita with a salted rim seems like a natural.

Irritable Baal (WmC), Friday, 5 June 2020 13:25 (three years ago) link

does the abc have a special order option to get stuff that isn't on their regular list?

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 June 2020 13:29 (three years ago) link

The guidebook for permit holders says no, but I bought Amaro Montenegro in Tupelo in March and have seen a dozen similar situations at better liquor stores and at John Currence's restaurants, so people are skirting the rules like crazy.

Irritable Baal (WmC), Friday, 5 June 2020 13:35 (three years ago) link

yeah, the US has the bonkers 3 tier system for alcohol, but when I worked in a bar in ny we totally got a lot of stuff on our own through non-vendors for various reasons. I don't know about enforcement anywhere really though.

Yerac, Friday, 5 June 2020 14:25 (three years ago) link

watermelon mezcalrita!! but that's just me talking because i love mezcal

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 5 June 2020 17:51 (three years ago) link

also i made one once when trader joe's used to sell carbonated watermelon juice. it was SO GOOD

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 5 June 2020 17:51 (three years ago) link

maybe it was just canned and not carbonated. i don't remember tbh but i do know it was good and then they discontinued the juice and i never drank one again! :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 5 June 2020 17:52 (three years ago) link

I'm sure it would be insanely popular around here.

The owners want me to put together the initial liquor order and it's stressing me out. What brands to put on the rail?!?!

Irritable Baal (WmC), Friday, 5 June 2020 18:10 (three years ago) link

I made up a couple of melon-based cocktails over quarantine, either of which should be easily adaptable to watermelon:

the cantaloupe one:

2 oz gin
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz dry vermouth
cantaloupe chunks

Muddle cantaloupe in a shaker. Add other ingredients and ice; shake to combine. Serve in a chilled martini glass with a cantaloupe garnish.

the honeydew one:

2.5 oz white rum
.5 oz dry curacao
.25 oz blue agave syrup
honeydew chunks

Muddle honeydew in a shaker. Add other ingredients and ice, then shake. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass (martini or coupe) with melon garnish.

shout-out to his family (DJP), Friday, 5 June 2020 18:15 (three years ago) link

I've stocked my home bar with the following:

vodkas: Absolute, Grey Goose
gins: Hendricks, Bombay Dry, Bully Boy (Boston area distillery)
tequila: Lunazul
rums: Don Q white, Diplomatico
brandy: Hennessey
bourbon: Evan Wilder
scotch: Talisker
vermouth: Lillet, Antica Formula
orange liqueurs: Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Campari, Ferrer Dry Curacao
other liqueurs: Disaranno amaretto, Frangelico, Luxardo maraschino, St. Elder, Rothman & Wilder creme de violette

shout-out to his family (DJP), Friday, 5 June 2020 18:21 (three years ago) link

gah wtf "Absolute"

shout-out to his family (DJP), Friday, 5 June 2020 18:21 (three years ago) link

have you done all the cost analysis stuff for the drinks that will be on the menu?

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 June 2020 18:26 (three years ago) link

(xp to WmC)

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 June 2020 18:26 (three years ago) link

yeah for your speedrail/well drinks you should have a talk about what the cost will be first. I remember Evan Williams was a decent rail whiskey or people go with jack. I feel like the vodka is always just whatever you can get a deal in and the rest is some version of bacardi, cuervo, seagrams/gordons.

Yerac, Friday, 5 June 2020 18:52 (three years ago) link

I have no clue how much well drinks are anymore.

Yerac, Friday, 5 June 2020 18:52 (three years ago) link

I'm going to give Chad (this is easier than typing "my boss" every time) a wholesale cost per liter for everything when I make my recommendations so he can figure out cost/drink. DJP, that's a good list, you shell out more for base spirits than I do. In my research I'm seeing reasonably good reviews for Wodka, El Jimador, Old Overholt, Beefeater, Old Forester. For rum I'm thinking good old Bacardi White and Mount Gay Eclipse... there will be higher-end call brands for every category, I'm sure...

Irritable Baal (WmC), Friday, 5 June 2020 18:53 (three years ago) link

lol "Evan Wilder" I haven't even started drinking yet

shout-out to his family (DJP), Friday, 5 June 2020 18:53 (three years ago) link

he's evan williams' fratty cousin.

Yerac, Friday, 5 June 2020 18:54 (three years ago) link

that's a solid list if the cost works.

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 June 2020 19:05 (three years ago) link

Watermelon agua Fresca plus ____________

calstars, Friday, 5 June 2020 20:42 (three years ago) link

xpost Old Forester is one of my favorite bourbons, but it might be a little spendy for a well bourbon. A very good one for the price is Ancient Age from the Buffalo Trace distillery. About half the price as Old Forester in my part of the country, but much better than other well bourbons like Old Crow (shudder).

righteousmaelstrom, Friday, 5 June 2020 21:38 (three years ago) link

Scotch - for a blend I like Monkey Shoulder. Shit's cheap and pleasant.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 5 June 2020 21:40 (three years ago) link

i knew a guy who drank an entire bottle of monkey shoulder in one night. he was a fucking idiot but he lived to tell the tale and wasn't even very hung over the next day, relatively speaking.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 June 2020 22:18 (three years ago) link

Monkey Shoulder is about $30.40 wholesale here.

Irritable Baal (WmC), Friday, 5 June 2020 23:51 (three years ago) link

Wow, I haven't bought any in a year but it was $24 retail here.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 5 June 2020 23:55 (three years ago) link

Do it live. F’ing thing sucks

calstars, Monday, 27 December 2021 18:20 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

It's been heading downhill in '22. The price of fresh citrus went through the roof, a case of limes going from $55 when we opened to $140ish in early 2022, so the owners changed to prepackaged lemon and lime juices, which have a lot of pith-bitterness.

This town's diners and drinkers are shitty tippers -- my cash tips last week were five and a half bucks, and total tips were about $70.

The owners cancelled shift drinks and limited shift meals to the cheapest/least hassle menu items; the same week, their eldest son turned legal drinking age and started drinking free at the bar, top-shelf bourbon in his whiskey sours and no tips forthcoming. At the staff meeting announcing the cost cutting measures, the owner said "I want y'all to know we think of everyone here as family," so that was THAT spot on everybody's bingo card. Family-family drinks free, work-family gets a 20% discount.

I used to bring bottles from home so I could make fancier drinks for favored customers -- part of the effort of teaching this town to drink better -- and make things like ginger-lemongrass syrup and rhubarb syrup for the bar, but I don't do that anymore.

Tonight is the first HS home football game of the season, no help for me behind the bar, should be fun.

DPRK in Cincinnati (WmC), Friday, 2 September 2022 18:23 (one year ago) link

total tips were about $70.

this is absolutely shameful

sleeve, Friday, 2 September 2022 18:40 (one year ago) link

Sorry man
I always tip $2 per bottle of Bud and $4 for a buyback , sounds I should come to your bar

calstars, Friday, 2 September 2022 19:04 (one year ago) link

“ part of the effort of teaching this town to drink better --”
Doing the Lord’s work

calstars, Friday, 2 September 2022 19:04 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Someone asked for a Dream Catcher -- bourbon, Zucca, strawberry syrup, lemon, rhubarb bitters -- last night and I said sorry, no Zucca. But it was slow and I had a minute to think, so I faked up some Zucca with Campari, house rhubarb syrup and a little Fernet Branca and got damn close in flavor, if not color. No strawberry syrup but any fool can muddle a berry in some simple syrup. Customer approved.

The owners are buying the empty space next door and expanding the restaurant, planning on building a second bar and making the new space mainly a lounge with upholstered seating and coffee tables. The bar will be built from scratch, with input from actual bartenders about what infrastructure we need, unlike the first bar. I hope/think I'll be able to get a dedicated bar freezer where I can start producing large clear ice. The space used to be a pharmacy called People's Drug Co. so The People's Lounge is at the top of the list of names.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Thursday, 6 April 2023 13:10 (seven months ago) link

Consultation with employees, how unusual!

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 6 April 2023 13:19 (seven months ago) link

Whoa - was it one of these guys?

People's was the main drug chain in my area before CVS bought them up. I hold an undying grudge against CVS over the name change.

peace, man, Thursday, 6 April 2023 13:21 (seven months ago) link

Wow, maybe so! I didn't know Peoples was a chain, I thought this was a locally owned standalone. It was still called Peoples until it closed in the aughts, which makes me think it wasn't part of the chain that sold to CVS...? I'll do some digging.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Thursday, 6 April 2023 13:46 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

Of all the horrors I've made over the last three years, Double Malibu and Red Bull took the cake last night. Whoever they were, they had three of them.

Coincidentally, another customer came in who never orders from the menu, demands that I come up with something new each time, and says it has to have Malibu in it, and then comes up with stupid names for the drinks. Last night I told her "I let someone name a new drink last week but that's because he tipped me a hundred bucks" and that kind of got her to ease up for a minute. Anyway I did something served up with Malibu, rhubarb syrup and lemon, with syrup from a can of Amarena cherries in the bottom of the glass making it a layered drink. GAG. Anyway the demanding customer and one of her girlfriends LOVED the drink, and the other girlfriend said "Call it an Orgasm, because that's what they looked like when they were drinking it." We argued about names some more -- since it's pink and has rhubarb in it, one of them had the good idea of The Barbie. At the end of the night I said "I'm glad I was able to give y'all some orgasms" -- they fell out, high fives all around. I wrote the recipe for Barbie's Orgasm down but I'm not going to make another unless under duress. Coconut, rhubarb, lemon and sour cherry flavors in one drink? DOUBLE GAG

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Friday, 4 August 2023 17:16 (three months ago) link

good lord, you should call that "The Hangover"

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Friday, 4 August 2023 17:31 (three months ago) link

Came here to post a v weird drink someone ordered last night that apparently didn’t have a name:
2 parts Koval gin
2 parts Cointreau
1 part dry vermouth
Served up w orange twist


Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Friday, 4 August 2023 20:10 (three months ago) link

I straw-tasted it and it was v sweet and super boozy (but I’m not a martini person)

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Friday, 4 August 2023 20:11 (three months ago) link

That is a strange sidecartini thing but I'd taste it. Guaranteed better than Malibu and Red Bull.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Friday, 4 August 2023 20:44 (three months ago) link

WmC I want to come to your bar and learn to drink better

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 4 August 2023 21:52 (three months ago) link

You are my favorite kind of customer

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Friday, 4 August 2023 22:09 (three months ago) link

Where does WmC tend

calstars, Friday, 4 August 2023 22:13 (three months ago) link

yo mama's house

linoleum gallagher (Neanderthal), Friday, 4 August 2023 22:32 (three months ago) link


calstars, Saturday, 5 August 2023 00:02 (three months ago) link

I'm at a small restaurant in a small town in a very Baptist part of the country (northeast MS).

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Saturday, 5 August 2023 03:17 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

A semi-regular asked me last night if I'd tend bar at her wedding next April. I haven't done any weddings before and the thought fills me with dread but is also intriguing. My first questions were "How many Good Ol' Boys will there be? Would I be dealing with happy drunks or mean drunks?" Of course there's no way to know the answers in advance. I have a month or two to think about it. I don't know if I can handle (potentially) 8 hours on my feet.

I Wanna Find an ILXor That'll Flag My Last Post Till I Have To Go (WmC), Friday, 29 September 2023 16:18 (one month ago) link

Just ask for a bunch of money and see if that scares her off

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 29 September 2023 20:32 (one month ago) link

the weddings i've been to recently make it seem straightforward--batch a couple cocktails (bride's pick and groom's pick) and be well-stocked with beer, wine, and whiskey otherwise. you definitely need to know the numbers and set some ground rules but i could see it being a pretty sweet paycheck.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 30 September 2023 00:46 (one month ago) link

ask for enough to hire a helper

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Saturday, 30 September 2023 03:41 (one month ago) link

cad otm

also it’s a wedding: if there’s loads of an inexpensive but non-terrible bubbly available nearby, just keeping a table of glasses filled and ready would be 30-70% of the job

vashti funyuns (sic), Saturday, 30 September 2023 07:48 (one month ago) link

The groom doesn't drink, but the two cocktails are going to be blueberry mojitos (bride's pick) and Old Fashioneds (bride's father's pick). The OF is easily batchable but the other one could be a big hassle. After that mojito, my second biggest concern is my own stamina.

WmC, Saturday, 30 September 2023 15:00 (one month ago) link

hmm yeah i wonder if you can figure out a couple shortcuts for the mojitos, they’ll be a pain otherwise.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 30 September 2023 15:05 (one month ago) link

Yeah, the bride may want the theater of muddling/shaking/straining but it seems unworkable esp if there are a large # of guests. And she likes hers extra sweet so she wants them all topped with Sprite, which... ok for you, Missy, but have some club soda on hand please, not everyone wants drinkable candy. This reminds me of how I got into bartending in the first place -- a friend wanted to have a "retro 50's style cocktail party" but didn't know anything about drinks, so I commandeered that part so it wouldn't be a disaster.

WmC, Saturday, 30 September 2023 15:42 (one month ago) link

i guess i’d be trying to make a blueberry/mint syrup so you could just build syrup/lime juice/rum/club soda, which is still a bunch of stuff tbh

call all destroyer, Saturday, 30 September 2023 16:10 (one month ago) link

Re theater: you have to pay extra for that. If they want volume, they accept batches or find someone else imo

You don’t take individual orders and make small talk when working a wedding (or funeral as I’ve recently experienced)

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Saturday, 30 September 2023 16:50 (one month ago) link

I'm very sorry for your loss. Another blueberry mojito?

Josefa, Saturday, 30 September 2023 17:02 (one month ago) link

Drink of choice at self’s funeral should be part of everyone’s will

calstars, Saturday, 30 September 2023 17:07 (one month ago) link

went to a friend's wedding at the club that originated the Bootleg:

was lovely on a hot summer day, and easy for the bartenders (recipe specifies vodka here, but they were allowing the liquor of your choice). might be an acceptable mojito substitute?

bulb after bulb, Saturday, 30 September 2023 17:12 (one month ago) link

Re: the funeral i worked—
It was a service for a young person and there was a LOT of drinking. The other two funerals I attended this year did not have any alcohol but this one did in abundance. It was quite a scene.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Saturday, 30 September 2023 17:42 (one month ago) link

At the actual funeral? Not at a wake or memorial service afterward?

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Saturday, 30 September 2023 18:37 (one month ago) link

This was the only service so I guess so? I’m not sure as I’m just the help! Lol

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Saturday, 30 September 2023 18:56 (one month ago) link

Funeral bar just the best and worst idea I've heard in years.

Wonder what tipping's like. "I've lost enough today, no one's getting anything else," vs "Just take it all. Why do we keep money anyway."

pplains, Monday, 2 October 2023 14:49 (one month ago) link

IME at this particular event, it was more the latter. Firstly, the family paid upfront for our labor so we were guaranteed (x). Then people tipped individually here and there and we made (y) in addition. Then at the end, the family settled up and paid us (z) more on top.

So each of us (3, self included) wound up making more than I have ever (ever!) made in one day of service work. We haven't talked about it since because it was extremely sad and everyone walked out of there drunk af and weeping. Personally I was numb bc it was the second funeral I had been at in 7 days.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 2 October 2023 15:12 (one month ago) link

Feel like I need a drink after reading that. Doing God's work out there, LL.

pplains, Monday, 2 October 2023 15:53 (one month ago) link

doing my best. I didn’t even share the sad parts bc it is too much.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 2 October 2023 16:06 (one month ago) link

FWIW we've worked a couple of weddings. They were fine, but definitely make sure you're not the only bartender and find out how big the crowd is. A wedding of 40-50 people isn't that hard to work, but 200-300 is obviously different.

In terms of flourishes and panache, what we usually do in party situations is prebatch everything we can and rely on garnishes for the classy touch. A good garnish goes a long way.

One wedding we did was an outdoor reception, and it started pouring halfway through. They basically just called it and sent us all home, but paid us for the full four hours of service, so no complaints from us even though packing up our stuff in the rain wasn't super fun.

one month passes...

I’ve been given the mission to pick higher-end bottles and sourcing for the new bar (our establishment is expanding into the space next door with a separate bar and a darker, quieter, more chill vibe). Owner specified bourbons because this is the southern US after all, I said I’d include rums, Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky and other spirits as well. Anyone here have any wishlist items that would impress you if you saw them on a bar menu?

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Friday, 17 November 2023 17:43 (one week ago) link

Redbreast 15

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Friday, 17 November 2023 17:47 (one week ago) link

Red Spot, Yellow Spot. Are you going to get a problem if it sits? Found North stuff is brilliant Canadian Whiskey but still relatively unknown.

Bourbon is pretty easy, though I do find it really fun when bars have curated some of a list of dusties, though that involves estate sales.

horizontal, Friday, 17 November 2023 18:51 (one week ago) link

Weller Antique 107 Bourbon

BrianB, Friday, 17 November 2023 19:05 (one week ago) link

I'm always happy to see a little mezcal selection — just two or three is fine. Smith & Cross and OFTD in the rum lineup?

Get a decent/proper Cachaca so you can make legit Caipirinha as well.

horizontal, Saturday, 18 November 2023 01:44 (one week ago) link

Thanks for the suggestions -- all going into the notebook. Really it'll come down to what is easy to find in Tupelo and maybe in Memphis. One example being Smith & Cross — technically it's available in MS as a special order, but I've only ever seen it in TN and GA. OFTD is readily available. Redbreast 12 is so common I can get it here in my little village but for 15 I have to go to one particular store in Tupelo or drive on to MEM.

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Saturday, 18 November 2023 22:35 (one week ago) link

Second the mezcal rec

matcha man (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 18 November 2023 23:56 (one week ago) link

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