What Rambo learned at Bartending School today

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Rambo, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Is this the kind of shit they teach at SC these days?
     


  2. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    No, as my major wasn't Theater Performance. Like most undergrad Trojans, I learned that "SC" actually stood for Southern Comfort.

    One of the best/biggest/drunkest parties I've ever thrown was about a month after I got my bartender's "license." Rambo, if you've got a lot of friends by you, I highly recommend you try this. Basically, I made up a list of 30 or so of my friends and randomly assigned them a bottle of liquor to bring to the party and I supplied the ice, cups, soda, juices, and tending skills. Everyone was given a menu of about 30 drinks/shooters. This meant that in exchange for a bottle of booze, my friends were given an open bar, or far cheaper and more fun option than going to some dive bar. Everyone got laid. The end.
     
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  3. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    Have you ever tried a reverse martini (mostly vermouth with a little gin)? Never appealed to me, but Julia Child liked them. I've also meant to buy some Vya vermouth but haven't gotten around to it.
     
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  4. impolyt_one

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    yeah they do. If you're not that good a customer they might have the iceballs pre-made and dump them in there for you, but for us they cut them on the spot. Drinks are about $12 and no tip, if you stay off the old Scotch.

    That size ice ball fits in a Baccarat tumbler, which they use at this bar. Drinks in Baccarat tumblers, old-fashioneds, highballs, and then Riedel sherry digestifs and Glencairns. I would do the same if I had a bar myself. Very nice and pleasurable. And they charge you $200 if you break a glass.
     


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    KJT Senior member

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    wtf. never heard of such a thing, but I guess I've never been to a bar with $200 crystal glasses.
     


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    cptjeff Senior member

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    Try one. Do it properly. I usually do 4:1, with a twist or as a Gibson (onions).
     


  7. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I'll answer some more of the questions later but I've got to get to the gym and wanted to get this down. Thanks for the kind words though guys. I appreciate it.

    So, back to Wednesday's lesson - Highball drinks. As we learned before, they are all "and" drinks. If someone asks for a gin and tonic or a vodka and cranberry, those are served in a highball glass.

    A couple of pro tips before I go over some of the recipes:

    -Any time a drink has "screw" in the name - it means the drink contains orange juice

    -Any time a drink has "wall" in the name - it means the drink contains Galliano.

    -If the liquor is vodka, and there is anything red in the drink - it gets cranberry juice

    -If the liquor is anything else, and there is anything red in the drink - it gets grenadine

    On to the recipes (I'll skip the obvious like G&T and Scotch and soda.) In all recipes, fill the highball glass with ice to the brim. Unless otherwise stated, the drink contains 1oz of liquor and is filled with the liquid of choice.

    -Cuba Libre - now, according to the instructor, here in south Florida, this is always served with Bacardi, the reason being that Bacardi was originally a Cuban rum and the old timer Cubans prefer it in their drinks. 1oz Bacardi, fill with coke, lime squeeze or wedge.

    -Screw Driver - 1oz vodka, fill with oj

    -Harvey Wallbanger - 1oz vodka, fill with oj, float 1/2oz of Galliano, orange slice garnish

    -Sloe Comfortable Screw - 1/2oz vodka, 1/2oz Southern Comfort, fill with oj, cherry garnish. To make it a Sloe Comfortable Screw against the Wall - add a float of Galliano.

    -Tequila Sunrise - 1oz tequilla, fill with oj, 1/2oz Grenadine float, cherry garnish. If made with grapefruit juice, this drink is called a Tequila Sunset.

    -Greyhound - 1oz vodka, fill with grapefruit juice. A Greyhound with a salted rim is called a Salty Dog.

    -Cape Cod - 1oz vodka, fill with cranberry juice, lime wedge.

    -Madras - 1oz vodka, fill 1/2 with oj, 1/2 with cranberry juice

    -Sea Breeze - 1oz vodka, fill 1/2 with grapefruit juice, 1/2 with cranberry juice

    -Bay Breeze - 1oz vodka, fill 1/2 with pineapple juice, 1/2 with cranberry juice

    Pro tip - to remember these think of the types of water in the name. The sea is rough. Grapefruit juice is rough. The bay is calm. Pineapple juice is calm.

    -Sex on the Beach - 1/2oz vodka, 1/2 peach schnapps, fill 1/2 with oj, 1/2 with cranberry juice. Acronym to remember this by - VCOP - Very Crazy Old People - Very (vodka) Crazy (cranberry) Old (orange juice) People (peach schnapps)

    -Fuzzy Navel - 1oz peach schnapps, fill with oj

    -Hairy Navel - 1/2oz vodka, 1/2oz peach schnapps, fill with oj
     


  8. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    It's interesting that you're only putting 1oz in everything. To me, that's a short pour. I would expect a full shot in any highball. 2 oz if I'm making it myself and feel like a tad more liquor.
     


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    Srsly? Bacardi? Cuba Libre? Well, maybe Bacardi was a fine rum back in the beginning of the 1900s...

    What do you guys think of the IBA recipes? They should be pretty good. http://www.iba-world.org/english/cocktails/

    Edit: Yeah, A agree that 1oz isn't much. Cuba Libre I mix with 2:1 Cola Rum. So about 12cl Cola 6cl Rum.
     
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  10. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Yeah, there was actually considerable litigation ivolved in Bacardi's move/evacuation to the States.
     


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    Just read in the German wikipedia that Bacardi is allowed to sell an own "Havana Club" (called Havana Club - Puerto Rican rum.. what a stupid fake) due to the "Section 211" (which was enforced through massive lobbyism by Bacardi). Is this true? If so, one more reason not to buy Bacardi...
     
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    Rambo Senior member

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    Believe me, I already protested this. But, that's the way they're having us do it. Apparently, 1oz is a full shot. I've always used at least 2oz in my drinks.
     


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    Rambo Senior member

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    This is the what I've come to understand the focus of the course is. This isn't fancy mixology 101. This is "bang out 15 drinks in 5 minutes and make sure they're all done properly" 101. And, no, neither Sidecar or Aviation is in the manual. Luckily, I already know how to make both of those. Thanks Huntsman!


    This seems to be similar to what I'm hearing so far. Although, instead of 50, we've got 200 in this manual to learn.


    Huntsman is a god amongst men. Any of you who are interested in this bar stuff should definitely go all In Stitches on his posting history in this subsection.

    That Japanese ice thing was NUTS. And only $12 for all that work. I don't think I spend that much time making sure my own balls are that smooth.
     


  14. erdawe

    erdawe Senior member

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    Am I the only one who thought that a custom mold for an ice the ball that size could be made and then simply run it unter cool water to smooth it. It seems like it would accomplish the same thing in considerably less work.

    Yes I know the showmanship and ect would be lost, but for someone wanting the same at home this seems like it would make sense.
     


  15. impolyt_one

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    They already have those, I<3Bacon has one I believe. There are many methods to getting round ice, but hand-carved is obviously the sexiest way....
     


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