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I prefer ‘Bartender’

Posted on 23rd January, by DrinkGal in Insider. 4 Comments


I feel lucky I started bartending when a short skirt, easy smile and attitude got you farther than knowing the Savoy Cocktail Book cover to cover, or when suspenders and a flat cap were the uniform. My first regulars loved knowing a fresh pint would be ready before they finished the one in hand, that I knew the name of their husbands, wives and kids, and if the conversation got stagnant I had a repertoire of really bad jokes to break the tension.

Don’t get me wrong, I had to know how to pour drinks too. I worked day bar for a year and a half, laboriously setting up the bar, taking pour accuracy tests and learning recipes before I caught a break and worked a Saturday night. But I was trained to tend bar, to be the one you see …

A Tequila Fling

Posted on 19th January, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments


Too many people are scared of tequila. For some the name alone elicits a face-contorting reaction, and trying to sell a tequila drink to an unseasoned drinker usually ends with a “oh no, that’s way too harsh for me!” That same person will then order Jack Daniels or something equally debasing, and shoot it straight. How do people arrive at a shot of whiskey being less harsh than a tequila cocktail? Something has gone horribly wrong here.

The worm myth has been debunked and José isn’t the only guy at the party anymore, so why the fear? A flood of delicious tequila has been streaming over the border for years now at an exponentially increasing rate, and yet it’s one of the most neglected spirits in the cocktail world. We recently re-tasted all of the delicious Herradura tequilas (blanco, reposado, and …

MLK Day Cocktails

Posted on 13th January, by DrinkGal in Events, Insider. 2 Comments


Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a day when many reflect on how far this country has come in the fight for civil rights. Many of us think we still have a ways to go, but it’s worth a moment to think about the good Doctor, and all he stood for. Without him, it’s hard to say where we would be as a society.

He was born Michael King Jr. on January 15th, 1929, and every year millions of people get a long holiday weekend in the dead of winter when it’s too cold to BBQ, and the only logical thing is to cozy up indoors. In honor of the occasion, we gathered up some classic cocktails to commemorate and celebrate his life.  Is this a classic drinking holiday? No. But why not find reasons to celebrate every day of life? …

Clément Créole Shrubb

Posted on 5th January, by DrinkGal in Reviews. 1 Comment


If someone says “shrub” to us, the obvious visual is something leafy and green. Even after sampling Clément Créole Shrubb for the first time, we were still confused at the use of the word to describe it. Shrubb? A degree in English was failing us. And yet, when faithful friend Google was consulted we discovered, “shrub” can also be  “a beverage made from fruit juice, sugar, and a liquor such as rum or brandy”, derived from  the Arabic urb, meaning a drink.

Things were starting to make sense. From the island of Martinique, Clément Créole Shrubb is a delicious liqueur d’orange made with Rhum Agricole, from the distinguished line of Clément. The recipe is said to be a Créole one (hence the name), a few hundred years old. A blend of white and aged rum is infused with macerated orange peel …