After spending 20 years behind the bar making drinks and waiting on the imbibing public, I guess it would be safe to say that I committed every mistake that can be made by a bartender.

For example, I was recently asked about the first time a customer ordered a drink and I had no idea what it was. What a pleasure it would be to have slipped that question. The answer was either going to be embarrassing or embarrassing. Unfortunately I think I recall the exact moment when a guest ordered a drink from me and I had no clue what it was.

I was working at a popular restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. It was the mid- to late 70s, which was well before the so-called resurgence of the cocktail, so I find little solace in that few bartenders at the time would have known how to make this drink. Continue Reading