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Welcome to the first official 2006 Newsletter. The Raven has been busy shaking up some recipes as well as jotting down some great info. Absolut Vodka has come through again with another great recipe. We also have the spectacular from BarMedia and WineX. I hope you enjoy this month's articles. Please be smart, don't drink and drive! Enjoy the following recipes in moderation and take a cab. Cheers!
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Welcome back and good evening, good readers, to yet another installment of The Ravens Caw. As promised, tonight I shall take you through the basics of bar stocking for private engagements of 20 people or so. This is your average dinner party, holiday party, weekend bash or just when you have friends over. I will lay out for you the tips and tricks that have gotten me through countless parties, some of which I didnt know the entire guest list.
Well start with, what else, the booze. Try to get a feel for the people that are coming and what they like to imbibe. This way you can get the most bang for your buck. One of the first things to do is ignore the rule of the Big 5. Before you turn away and refuse to finish the column, let me give you an example. As you may have gleaned from my previous installments, Im a whiskey drinker, and I dont care for tequila. It may surprise you to learn, then, that I dont stock either liquor at my parties. No one else drinks tequila and I get so few requests for whiskey that I usually end up taking it home, where it sits in my cabinet because, as I said last month, lifes to short to drink anything but the good stuff, and Im not wasting the good stuff on a party. Nonetheless, the point remains, dont try to stock a bar for anyone...stock it for the people who are coming to the party.
Next is the bar equipment. There are a few things that every bar should have. First is a good mixing spoon. This doesnt have to be a real fancy one; a long handled breakfast spoon will do the trick, but make sure its handy before you start the night. Next is your jigger. I prefer a double jigger with an ounce on one side and 1.5 ounces on the other. This is a must have for the novice. Theres nothing worse than making a bad drink because you heavy poured this ingredient or that one. As you get better (and after you know what the drink is supposed to taste like) wean yourself off the jigger, then give it to another up and coming booze jockey. Have some fun in selecting your shaker. I currently own a half dozen. One is glass, which provides an interesting show for the drinker. There are so many out there, take the time to find one that suits you... my favorite was actually a find at a garage sale. Get good at using it, and learn what the strainer is for. Round out your bar with a waiters corkscrew or something fancier, if you can afford it for all those people that may want wine or beer. While its true that most beers and even some wines are in screw top caps these days, you can hardly call yourself a bar without the ability to pop a cap or remove a cork.
Noticeably absent from this list is a muddler. When I first equipped my bar, I took hours crafting my own, custom muddler out of oak and then many more hours getting the finish right (using lemon oil, so as not to poison my guests). It did not take me long to figure out that it just wasnt necessary. Unless you are in the deep south or in Miami, mint juleps and Mojitos just dont show up on the request list enough. You can get by with the back of your mixing spoon. Save the muddler for when you have time to really spend time on it, then use it only for special occasions.
Finally is the glassware. And I mean glassware. The only thing that should be served out of plastic is beer, and the occasional cheap champagne. (If I hear of anyone serving Dom out of plastic cups, I will send my army of corvid avengers to tear out your black heart.) If youre in an area serviced by the 99 only chain of stores, cheap, decent party glassware is within your reach. They sell four or five ounce glasses at four for a buck. At those prices, you dont even have to worry about them being broken.
Id like to touch on one thing before I wrap this up. As bartender, it is your responsibility to make sure that everyone has a good time, and also to make sure that someones senses dont get away from them and they either drink too much, or try to operate heavy machinery whilst intoxicated. Short of taking keys, there are a few, more subtle methods to help you in this cause. First and foremost, get familiar with your flavors. Know how a drink is supposed to taste. Armed with this information, you can start to short pour the drinks after the first one. Short pouring is an easy way to save money, and to help the other guy out of a killer hangover. After the first drink hits the tongue, the capacity for tasting the drink starts to decline. After two drinks, the drinker will be lucky to tell what hes drinking anyway, so lowering the alcohol content wont affect his enjoyment of the drink, and will put other fluids in his system, which will help in the morning. Just a little tip. Dont be afraid to suggest coffee or water. During your bar banter, tell them that you read on a website that going drink for drink with water and alcohol can make you feel better in the morning. Theyll thank you for it later.
Well, the glass is empty, and so is the inkwell. Good night, my friends, and next time you sit down with a drink, listen, and perhaps youll hear The Ravens Caw.
Another one from the black book...
The Chocolate Banana-tini
Though I wish I could claim it, this one is not mine. This is a drink I picked up on a cruise ship and fell in love with. The best thing about this drink is that, made with the right ingredients, it is perfectly clear.
This is a classic martini as far as preparation is concerned. I think though youd be best to follow 007s lead and shake this one over ice. It is really important that you use white crme de cacao or the entire effect is lost. Be careful not to over pour the 99 Bananas or youll over power the rest of the drink. Though the flavors are amazing, this drink is not for lightweights. Its still a martini.
About The Raven
J.T. "Raven" Centonze has been a long time student of the art of alcohol. Initially interested in keeping conversation at parties, his love for alcohol grew to an obsession in college. In between his real job of running a college bookstore, he is the part owner/operator of his own winery. He bartends at private parties which allows him the innovation of many new, unique drinks.
Our latest Rober Plotkin article. How to increase sales with bottled water. Robert is the founder of BarMedia.com
For the past 17 years, Robert Plotkin, has been working to provide beverage operators with the right career tools they need to attain success. He has created the best management systems, tools, software and books available in the hospitality industry. His nationally acclaimed products are in the offices and behind the bars of the most successful hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and hot spots worldwide.
I recently had a late night dinner at the Hudson Hotel in Manhattan. After the server took the food order at the four-top next to me, he secured my unyielding admiration with his next question.
"And finally, would you care for a bottle of sparkling water, still water, or would you prefer to drink New York tap water?" The host looked at his guests, the guests looked at the host, who in turn looked at the server and said, "How about a bottle of each." The server nodded as if they had made a well-informed decision and left.
Over the course of their dinner they had a total of four bottles of water, which added $20 to their bill. Its an urban tale with a happy ending. The server bumped up his ticket average, and undoubtedly his tip, the host and assembled guests left well hydrated and the house raised their beverage sales without incurring additional liability. Welcome to life in a .08 universe.
Twenty years ago selling water in a restaurant or bar was practically unheard of. Now bottled waters are hot commodities. Their surging rate of growth dwarfs all other types of beverages.
Doesnt it only stand to reason though? Spring and mineral waters are bottled at a natural source and typify all that is pure and untainted. On the other hand, drinking tap water is entirely a matter of faith, a hope that the water coursing through the aging pipes and concrete aqueducts far below our city streets is free of dangerous contaminants and therefore safe to drink from the faucet.
Tapping into the bottled water phenomenon makes good business sense. With few notable exceptions, great cocktails owe their existence to the inclusion water. They are, after all, literally the eaux de vie the waters of life.
On the unlikely chance that you are among those who think that waters have had their day, that they have lost a step on the field of energy drinks and isotonics, think again. Theres a promised land of greatness waiting to be created behind your bar and water can lead you there.
To that end, in no particular order are the best money making ideas to exit our think tank on how to leverage the cache of waters behind your bar.
The Original Guide to Alcohol-Free Beverages and Drinks
Don't miss out on this hot new category! Serve delicious taste-tested alcohol free specialties to your customers and friends and enjoy low cost and great taste. The recipes span the breadth of alcohol-free mixology, including blended drinks, coffee, tea and cocoa specialties, ice cream drinks, and specialties made with lemonade, juices and sparkling cider. Plus reviews of the best products to use when making your creations!
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Shake and strain into a chilled glass.Garnish with a lemon slice.
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