Bills Tips

Your doing it wrong: Don't muddle the mint in a mojito.

Your doing it wrong: Don't muddle the mint in a mojito.

by Bill Thornton

This is a common problem in the bartending world. Most bartenders don't realize that you don't want to muddle mint while making a mojito, or any other cocktail that requires mint leaves for that matter. Mint leaves only need a light press to release the oils to flavor the drink. When you muddle the mint it brings out a bitter taste that overpowers the natural mint flavor. So, the next time you make a mojito - go easy on the mint!

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How to get rid of fruit flies at the bar

How to get rid of fruit flies at the bar

by Michael Garrison

A tested method of clearing out those pesky fruit flies without using tons of chemicals is to make a fruit fly trap. 
Simply take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of dish soap, 1 liter of water, and put it in a container. 
Mix it well and place the container in the location you notice the most gnats. They are attracted by the vinegar but die after touching the soap. You can setup multiple of these traps around the bar for a non toxic sure fired solution.

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Bill's Tips - Life Hack For Helping Ladies At The Bar That Are Being Annoyed

Bill's Tips - Life Hack For Helping Ladies At The Bar That Are Being Annoyed

by Michael Garrison

As bartenders we are occasionally the line of defense for beautiful women that sit at our bar. Over the years, I have developed signal for women to let me know a customer may be bothering them (that will go unnoticed). If anyone is bothering you or being to forward, simply take your cocktail Napkin out from underneath your drink and slide it to the edge of the bar On the Bartender side. It is easy to notice and then it gives me the opportunity to engage and assist. 

Always be diplomatic and courteous never trying to embarrass anyone but just resolve the Situation with class.

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Bill's Tips: Beverage Napkins

Bill's Tips: Beverage Napkins

by Michael Garrison

Tip: Always placing a cocktail napkin underneath the beverage sends a message that you are a professional and organized Bartender. 

If you have heavy humidity, and are having trouble with the napkins sticking to the bottom of customers glasses, throw one shake of salt on the top of the napkin. Now the beverage napkin won't stick to the glass. 

*Don't go overboard though because your bar top will look like a shuffleboard table. 

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Bill's Tips: The Pour Spout

Bill's Tips: The Pour Spout

by Michael Garrison

Bill's Tip- run water over pourers before placing or replacing in liquor bottles. It makes them much easier to remove especially with Baileys and other thicker liquors. You should clean pour spouts between each bottle change. Keep a bucket of fresh spouts for new bottles, and a bucket for old spouts, that you can soak and clean at the end of your shift. This way you don't waste time during the shift.

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