Craig's Bartender Journey began when he was a child fascinated by flair bartending at TGI Friday's to a server at Longhorn Steakhouse.
A combination of chemistry class in college, at-home cocktail experimentation and repping for a craft beer company steered Craig to his first distillery tour at Tuthilltown Distillery where a Bourbon Basil cocktail launched his drive to kick off his craft cocktail spirits education.
We hope you enjoy this episode, the first in our Bartender Spotlight : Behind the Stick series. You can reach Craig via email by clicking here. Or if you'd like to say 'hello' to Craig in person, you can find him behind the stick at Ousia in midtown west in NYC
Cocktail of the Week - from this week's guest,
The Wind Tunnel:
2oz Cedar Ridge Rye
1/2 oz Marie Brizzard Anissete
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Orange Flower Water.
Strain over a Collins glass garnished with a lemon wheel anise star and a spray of orange flower water.
Bar Institute Leg 5 - This Ain't No Picnic - Social Justice: Income Equality:
Opening Session What are Fair Wages for FOH workers? with Catherine Barnett, Director - Restaurant Opportunities Center
One Fair Wage Campaign - Movement dedicated to fixing the industry's broken two-tiered sysem. According to onefairwage.com:
There is a well known shortage of good bartenders, so please make sure you are getting paid what you are worth…obviously being a real asset to the establishment puts you in a good spot. Find out more onefairwage.com.
Bartender Journey Listener Whisky X Discount - June 8th, NYC
We have a special 20% discount on VIP tickets to the Whisky X in NYC! Join Hazel on June 8th for whiskies, food trucks, live music and more! Visit www.thewhiskyx and use offer code WHXHAZEL to get these perks:
Hazel hopes to see you there
Nice Gift for Father's Day, (or for yourself!):