By Melissa Byron
10:50 AM EDT, March 28, 2013
found at: Wells Tavern (Wethersfield)
What's the best cocktail name you've ever come up with?
I used to work at Platinum in Norwalk, and I came up with a cocktail I call Scarlet Fever. It has gin and vodka with lime juice and cranberry juice.
How does a bar re-invent itself?
I think change is good, but I believe most people want some stability when it comes to the menu. You need to have signature cocktails that don't leave. Making improvements to the menu is necessary because you want to be on top of things, but it goes deeper than that. I think for a bar to re-invent themselves they have to change their staff and their clientele, who they cater to.
What's the most popular cocktail here?
I get a lot of Manhattan orders. I also get a lot of people saying "surprise me, make me something." That freaks me out because I don't know what they like. What I have done a couple times is make a cocktail I call The Italian Delight. It has amaretto, orange juice and a splash of cream in it. It tastes like an Italian cookie. People love it. That is my go-to now.
Best joke you've heard?
How much does Jesus love you? This much (spread arms out in Christ like pose).
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