found at: Bartaco (West Hartford)
If customers are unsure about what type of drink to order, what do you suggest?
If customers are adventurous, I would suggest The Porsches Reviver or The Old Thymer. There is a lot of attention to detail and we use fresh products, and the presentation with the herbs looks amazing. It looks healthy. We also make large ice cubes because we don't want to "cook the drink." Large ice cubes don't melt as fast.
How did you learn to mix each specific drink?
There is a lot of memorization. The execution and knowing the ingredients are important. We have a wine and beverage director who comes in and has classes on these unique cocktails. She travels to Manhattan and gets her inspiration from the scene there. It took me about a week to truly feel comfortable making the drinks on the menu.
What cocktail should be more popular than it is?
I really like The Azteca. It's a martini that we make here. It's tequila-based with yellow Chartreuse and St. Germain. People get blindsided by the standard margaritas or mojitos. This is very refreshing and flavor of Chartreuse is very herbaceous, so you won't find it in a lot of cocktails.
What's the worst night of the year to work?
Valentines Day because no one wants to sit at the bar. People get romantic and want privacy.