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Ask a Bartender: What's the strangest drink request you've ever gotten?

A good bartender will listen to his customer's request and, within reason, try to satisfy it. Recommending a particular beer according to someone's preferences, or suggesting a particular bourbon cocktail, or inventing a drink that he/she thinks will suffice. But what about the really outrageous requests? Bartenders were polled and asked "what's the strangest drink request you have received?" Here's what they had to say. I also included some of mine as well.

What's the strangest drink request you've ever heard?

Beer Spotlight: Evolution of Craft Beers, Part 2

Craft Brewing Facts

  • Craft brewers currently provide an estimated 108,440 jobs in the U.S., including serving staff in brewpubs.
  • Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2012 was 15% by volume and 17% by dollars compared to growth in 2011 of 13% by volume and 15% by dollars.
  • Craft brewers sold an estimated 13,235,917 barrels* of beer in 2012, up from 11,467,337 in 2011.
  • The craft brewing sales share in 2012 was 6.5% by volume and 10.2% by dollars.

Beer Spotlight: Evolution of Craft Beers, Part 1

My nephew, Jonathan, who is a sophomore at Penn State, asked me to do a write-up on craft beers, specifically what defines a beer as 'craft or IPA' and what classifies a beer as being 'seasonal'. It doesn't surprise me that a college student wants to be equipped with all this knowledge. I always said that if you are going to be a drinker, please be an 'informed' drinker. Knowledge is power and very influential. I'm sure all his college buddies will appreciate it.

Mulled Wine

When the temperatures start dropping and there is a chill in the air, it becomes an appropriate time to sip a nice, warming cocktail, or this case, mulled wine. Mulled wine has been around for centuries in many Old World countries, but hasn't been too prominent in the New World yet. If you ask the average person or even bartender, they won't have a clue as to what it is. It is a traditional holiday beverage that has been warming people for a very long time. Think of mulled wine as the wine drinker's version of the classic hot toddy.

Cocktail Spotlight: Tickle Me Pink & Corpse Reviver

For this week's featured cocktails, I will be introducing the "Tickle Me Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the "Corpse Reviver" for Halloween (both pictured).

"Tickle Me Pink" is a trendy pink cocktail that I adapted from some other more established pink cocktails that incorporates some newer, contemporary ingredients and is on the sweeter side if that's what you like.

Happy Drunk?

To follow up on my blog post last week titled "Hey Bartender", which was a big hit, here is a discussion on social behavior as it relates to drunkenness with celebrity Mel Gibson as the target. No, I don't have any ill-will toward the Lethal Weapon star, but he is the ideal poster-boy for showing what happens when people drink too much and have certain personality flaws. I have seen it all too often. I'm sure everyone has known someone in their lifetime who will come to mind when reading this. My psychology background helps out tremendously. I look forward to your feedback and comments.

Hey Bartender!

For this week's posts, I will be changing gears a bit by discussing psychological aspects of the bar as it relates to alcohol service, customer service, and a glimpse behind the scenes of the booming alcohol industry. It is certainly beneficial to be psychologically trained coupled with an extensive knowledge of the bar business, but not necessarily required to understand the basic principles contained in this discussion.

Cocktail Spotlight: Sparkling Ginger

Although the unseasonably warm weather still makes it feel like summer and the desire to drink a cocktail that fits the weather, it is October and the beginning of the Fall, so it is appropriate to feature a Fall-like cocktail for this post. I present to you the "Sparkling Ginger" cocktail, which requires multiple steps to complete, but is so worth it with just the right amount of spice and refreshment for a warm day or evening or a nice, cool, breezy Fall night. It serves as a great before-dinner cocktail with your date. 

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