This site was founded by professionals with over 34 years in the hospitality industry including training people to become professionals in the industry as a resource for professional bartenders and mixologists. On this site you will find a wealth of information including:

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  • Links to Bartending Schools and State certification Courses
  • A large recipe database with a review and ratings system
  • An online store to purchase bartending supplies
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  • Online job database
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  • A link exchange with other websites
  • An online magazine with important information on new product offerings and Legislation related to the industry

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Alan Nelson: You can call him Al

BY BUCKY MONTGOMERY - Florida Weekly Correspondent

There is no better place to watch a Key West sunset than from a seat at the Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort, located at 0 Duval Street. The colorful seats and patio umbrellas line the pier that shoots out into the Gulf of Mexico, with a broad view of the blue sea horizon, with picturesque Sunset Key, Wisteria Island, sailboats gliding past, jet skiers, and passing seabirds. It’s adjacent to Mallory Square, near the Sponge Market, the Shipwreck Museum and the Key West Aquarium … and it’s your launch up Duval Street.

Al Nelson has been slinging drinks from behind the Sunset Pier tiki bar for 14 years. That’s a lot of beautiful Key West sunsets (more than 5,000 including days off, if you’re counting). It’s not a bad way to spend 14 years of afternoons when you’ve got to work. He prefers the name Al over Alan. “If someone says Alan, I figure it’s some ex from my past,” he quips. Click Here To Read More!

25 Ways to Leave Your Wine Love

Just one new wine every other week

Matt Kramer - winespectator.com

That we live in an age that seeks the solace of the simplistic is hardly breaking news. Still, the close of 2016 brought with it a small science news item in The New York Times that I, anyway, thought was a champion example of the simplistic. Here it is:

"A handful of nuts a day may be enough to reduce the risk for death from heart disease and other ills. In a review combining data from 20 prospective studies, researchers found that compared with people who ate the least nuts, those who ate the most reduced the risk for coronary heart disease by 29 percent, for cardiovascular disease by 21 percent and for cancer by 15 percent. There was also a 52 percent reduced risk for respiratory disease, 39 percent for diabetes and 75 percent reduced risk for infectious disease in those who ate the most nuts. Most of the risk reduction was achieved by eating an average of about one ounce of nuts a day, the amount in about two dozen almonds or 15 pecan halves." (The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2016)

So there we are: A mere handful of nuts a day, and the risks of the likes of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and infections are reduced by dramatic percentages. Frankly, it sounds too good to be true. But who am I to say it isn't so? Click Here To Read More!

Bartender Of The Week Samantha Lowry: Larger than life

By Becky Montgomery - Florida Weekly Correspondent keywest.floridaweekly.com

After traveling the world — Germany, Rome, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, Greece, St. John — Samantha Lowry is finally settling down. Kind of. Although no date has been set yet, “Last week I got engaged to my childhood best friend, Hakan,” she said, flashing her engagement ring. Congratulations are in order. This means a move to New York City soon, though, where her betrothed currently works in building maintenance, but she says it’s in no way permanent. “I give it two years, tops,” she said about living in the city, not the marriage. “Since I’ve lived here in Key West, I’ve spent most of every August and September on vacation somewhere. That’ll probably never stop.”

That’s one of the best things about working in the hospitality industry, she says. “There’s such flexibility with my job. I can take off whenever I want, and I won’t get fired. I’ll always have a job.” In fact, the last time she left for a two-month vacation, she was promoted to bar manager when she returned to her current place of employment, Tattoos and Scars. Click Here To Read More!

Local Bartender Making Miraculous Progress in Fight Against Inoperable Brain Tumor

Nicole Comstock - fox40.com

MODESTO -- A beloved Sacramento bartender is making miraculous progress in his fight against an inoperable brain tumor.

Joe Stanley had been a bartender at Vito's and Tres Hermanas in Midtown Sacramento for years, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in the fall of 2015. Doctors told him they could not operate because of the tumor's location on his brain stem. He became so weak so quickly that he had to stop working almost immediately.

"Some days I wish I could just go to work and go home. Just the little things, you take for granted," Joe Stanley said. Click Here To Read More!

With a twist: Louisville’s famous bartender Thomas Bullock

BY MICHAEL L. JONES

Greg Boehm owns the world’s largest collection of cocktail books — 3,800 and counting. The books are part of the research library for Boehm’s company, Cocktail Kingdom, which manufactures professional barware and reprints vintage bar literature. Several years ago, a woman contacted Boehm looking to sell a cocktail book he didn’t own — a first edition of “The Ideal Bartender,” by Thomas Bullock. The 1917 book was part of an estate sale, and Boehm jumped at the opportunity to acquire a rare artifact of cocktail history: Bullock was the first African-American to publish a cocktail book, and his was one of the last drink collections released before the United States banned alcohol sales during Prohibition (1920 to 1933).

“In the cocktail bar industry, unfortunately, the African-American community is not very well represented at all. It is just not a diverse group, so anything that lends diversity to bartending is a good thing,” Boehm explained. “In addition, ‘The Ideal Bartender’ is a little snapshot of what people were drinking pre-Prohibition, and, unlike a lot of cocktail books, none of these recipes were cribbed from anyone else. This is a completely unique cocktail book.” Click Here To Read More!

Top 10 things not to do at a bar

Keys to maneuvering bar scene

Abigail Lague - cavalierdaily.com

1. Wear anything nice

This is not the night to wear your expensive leather boots and jacket, nor any article of clothing that cost more than $20. The bars on the Corner are a special kind of crappy and who knows what type of liquid you may be splattered with. You’re lucky if it’s just bottom-shelf liquor. I know this is horribly graphic, but you need to be warned! On a side note, for the love of God, please do not wear heels. You will not be able to stay vertical all night, and the inevitable end will be embarrassing … for you. For the rest of us, it will be hilarious. Click Here To Read More!

GLENMORANGIE BACALTA – LATEST RELEASE IN PRIVATE EDITION RANGE – Scotch Whisky News

Glenmorangie is proud to announce the eighth annual release in its Private Edition range. Scots Gaelic for ‘baked’, Bacalta is the first Glenmorangie expression finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks.

The inspiration for this limited edition first began more than 20 years ago, with the release of Glenmorangie Madeira Finish, the world’s first whisky extra-matured in Madeira casks. For Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, the memory of that expression lingered on. Determined to realise his vision of the perfect Madeira-finished Glenmorangie, he drew on the expertise gained from the Distillery’s years of pioneering work in cask management. Click Here To Read More!

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