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The History of Whisk(e)y

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The History of Whisk(e)y

Both Ireland and Scotland claim to have given birth to whiskey. But, as food writer Kate Hopkins notes in her book 99 Dramsof Whiskey, neither country has definitive proof. "Ask an academic," she writes, "...and he or she is likely to shrug and mumble, 'Hell if I know. That part of the world wasn't too keen on keeping records of who was doing what.'" The making of liquor dates back to at least 800 AD when Arab chemist Abu Musa Jabir ibn Hayyan was carrying out distillation, the purifying of a beverage made via fermentation (i.e. beer, wine or hard...

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How To Grow Your Own Mint At Home For Mojiotos

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How To Grow Your Own Mint At Home For Mojiotos

Growing your own mint at home is easy and can reap a lot of benefits.  I started growing plants from seeds two years ago and it’s actually pretty fun. This year, I may have had one or two drinks because who knows why, but I planted way too many mint seeds. But at this point I’ve accepted it and I’m excited for my mojioto crop! As a bartender I know one of the more common drinks ordered on a hot summer day is a mojioto. A key element to the success of a great mojioto is the freshness of the...

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Over Pouring Drinks - It Doesn’t Do Anyone Any Favors

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Over Pouring Drinks - It Doesn’t Do Anyone Any Favors

I know. I’ve been there too. A customer that you like asks for a “strong” drink. Well, he or she has probably had one or two already and likely has poor (ha!) judgement. Here is what happens when we over pour a drink: 1. It hurts the bar as a business Prices of drinks are decided based on the cost of alcohol, wage of workers, and the general cost of keeping the doors open at a bar. If we over pour that makes one little ding in the wallet of the owner. Yes, at the time, you might get an...

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How to Properly Pour a Beer

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How to Properly Pour a Beer

All too often people are pouring their beers incorrectly. It seems people misunderstand why bartenders pour beer into glasses and purposefully leave a head of foam at the top of the glass.  If you are carefully and slowly pouring a beer into a glass to avoid getting any head you are doing it wrong and here's why. A Foamy Beer Makes you Feel Better When you leave a head of foam on the beer you are releasing some of the CO2 in the beer. Releasing some of the CO2 as foam isn't going to give you a flat beer. In...

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Why Booking Quality Bands is Important for Bars

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Why Booking Quality Bands is Important for Bars

Does your bar have a stage? How often do bands play at your bar? Do you notice more or fewer customers on nights that you have a band playing?  Booking quality bands is important for growing your customer base. Don't stress too much about the genre of the music. If you only book bands that play rock you'll miss out on country music fans as potential paying customers.  If the band mainly plays covers they need to be top notch. When covering a popular song it needs to be pretty damn close to the original song. This means specific drum...

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