Bottle Pricing Spreadsheet

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Hey guys Jimmy from Florida just wrote in for the VFW hall he’s managing (I’m a sucker for helping out anyone working at a VFW hall, my second bartending job was at the VFW in Eugene, Oregon) and asked if he could use my How to Price a Cocktail Menu spreadsheet to price out shots | Read More

Clyde Common Egg Nog

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I used to have this recipe crammed in with the original Egg Nog post, but this year I think it deserves its own page. And for many reasons. I mean first off, the Clyde Common egg nog has surpassed the original base recipe in popularity. I never could have imagined how popular a tequila-sherry egg | Read More

Italian Plum Sour

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I recently posted on my Instagram about my excitement around finally learning how to use the fruit of my lone Italian Prune Plum (or Empress Plum) tree that grows right outside the back door to my kitchen. I spent all day Sunday learning how to make plum jam (among other things) and then was taught | Read More

Negroni Sorbetto

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I have this awful habit, as a blogger, of never getting things posted in time and they just drag on year after year. The fact that I’ve never posted my Tom and Jerry recipe is one of those casualties. I get busy during the holidays, and every year I don’t remember to post it until | Read More

Sweet Corn Milk Iced Coffee

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OK listen. Yeah I know it sounds s u p e r weird, but bear with me on this one, and trust me: I haven’t led you too far off the path thus far, and I don’t plan on starting now. Here’s the story. It’s hard for me to complain about where my job has | Read More

Clyde Tavern

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Look at this crew. I did some half-assed math the other day and realized that this group (counting our dear Amelia, not pictured) has collectively worked this bar for nearly 40 years. That’s not combined years tending bar in general, mind you (that number is closer to 70) that’s the totaled number of years we’ve all | Read More

PX Sherry Mudslide

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One of my favorite drinks I’ve ever come up with has never been tasted by anyone but me. Okay, that’s not entirely true but there are like five people in the world who’ve ever tried it. And I’ve been going through my site lately (as a currently unemployed bar manager, I have all this time | Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yes, you read that right: Chocolate Chip Cookies. And no, this is not a goofy shot recipe. (As an aside, are any of you old bartenders like me who remember when every shot was some sort of attempt to replicate the flavor of a dessert item? The Girl Scout Cookie Shot, the German Chocolate Cake | Read More

Gary Regan

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On November 15th, 2019, the world lost one of the great bartenders. Gary was a long-distance mentor of mine, and then he became an idol of mine, then a colleague, and finally a friend. When we lose someone, I think it’s nice to share some fun stories about them. Gary was a true bartender, and | Read More

At My Bars, We Support Brands Who Support Bartenders

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You know, I’ve been thinking about this story for a while now, and it’s really been bugging me, so I thought I’d get it off of my chest. Also, I have zero desire to name any names or start some sort of brand boycott. This is just a little look inside my head. Here goes: | Read More

My Portland Food and Drink Recommendations

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I had the pleasure of sitting down (in front of my computer with gmail open) with Celine Bossart of VinePair to talk about my current favorite spots in Portland to eat and drink. I realized that some of you might actually want this information, I know I get a fair number of emails about it, | Read More

Blue Hawaii

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Hey Jeffrey I used to frequent Pépé Le Moko a few years back when I lived in Portland, my go-to drink was always the blue Hawaii. I always stop by for several when I’m in town. I have been trying to recreate it for my girlfriend’s upcoming tiki-themed 21st birthday party, and I have tried | Read More

The Other Side

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Continuing on the photography bent that I’ve been on for the past year, my latest piece for The Daily Beast is now live. For those of you who missed the last one, I’ll just sum it up for you: My pal Noah Rothbaum over at Half Full on the Daily Beast website noticed me messing | Read More

Interviewing and Hiring Tips

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Dave writes: Hey man, You ever post anything about interviewing potential bartenders? I used to think I was pretty good at it but my lack of success in hiring the right people is making me question myself. Cheers. Dave Hey Dave! Funny, I’ve been thinking for a long time that I should probably post something | Read More

How Not to Make a Tom Collins

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Okay, look. I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m trying to be a kinder, gentler version of myself. You’ve seen me tear apart other bartenders here and here for teaching people how to make shitty drinks. Because it genuinely offends me to see people irresponsibly teach others when it’s so, so easy to | Read More