New Universal Syrup Calculator Webapp!

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This is for those of you who aren’t super comfortable with spreadsheets (and I don’t blame you) and would prefer to have a much easier solution. I spent waaaay too much time getting real granular (no sugar pun intended) this morning creating a handy webapp that will now create a perfect 1:1 or 2:1 syrup | Read More

The All-Day Bloody Mary

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This recipe, one of the first developed for the opening menu at Pacific Standard, is my reconciliation to a drink that I never really cared for in the first place: The Bloody Mary. Yeah I know it’s weird. But as a bartender, I’ve always been that guy that died a little inside whenever someone ordered | Read More

All-Day Bloody Mary Mix

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This is a take on the solution to The Bloody Mary Conundrum that I posted over a decade ago, in response to the logistical challenges of having a Bloody Mary on the menu at a bar. This particular take is detailed more extensively in the All-Day Bloody Mary post, and I encourage you to read | Read More

Flannel Shirt

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This is another one of those instances where I assumed the recipe was already on my website and lo and behold… it wasn’t. So here we go, although many of you have already found this one in other locations (it can also be found on page 40 of The Bar Book, for example) I think | Read More

A Love Letter to Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives

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My first real fancy bar job was at a French restaurant. I’d been working for like six years in dive bars and clubs already but this was like, black tie, crisp white shirt, starched bistro apron, the whole thing. Pouring wine and TONS of Martinis. At least once a night someone would order a Martini | Read More

The Wandering Path

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This is one my business partner, Benjamin Amberg, came up with for our menu at Pacific Standard last year – and boy is it a good one. It all started when the owner of a new non-alcoholic spirit company out of Seattle reached out to me and let me know he was coming to Portland | Read More

The “Fluicer” Hand Juicer

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Yesterday I bought a new hand juicer that someone shared with me, and I bought it because it was something I’d never seen before! (To be fair I do believe it was just released this year – someone let me know if this is incorrect) It’s a hard plastic, flat hand juicer. That’s right, it | Read More

Keoke Coffee

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The Keoke Coffee is one of those drinks that I got a lot of orders for back in the late 90s and early 2000s when I was first starting out making cocktails. And I never really gave it much thought back then, because it seemed like there were a hundred coffee drinks that all seemed | Read More

Introducing: Pacific Standard

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This post is long overdue, but I’ve been very, very, very busy these past four months. In case you haven’t heard, I’ve finally opened my own bar – with my good friend, business partner, and former lead bartender at Clyde Common, Benjamin Amberg. And now that I’m finally able to come up for air a | Read More

Universal Syrup Calculator

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LATEST UPDATE: This calculator is, well, not obsolete – but there is a much better version that I’ve finally finished building for you over at – it’s a much easier, and much more robust version of this old syrup calculator that you’ve been using for the past several years. Unlike the spreadsheet in this | Read More

Introducing: Ninkasi Canned Cocktails

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I started tending bar when I was in school, back in 1996, at a corner bar called The Tiny Tavern, located in the Whitaker district of Eugene, Oregon. It was (and still is) kind of a rough-and-tumble part of town, full of working class people, families, musicians, artists, you name it. I met a lot | Read More

Andalusian Buck

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Since I’ve had a little more free time these days, I’ve been going back through some of my old recipes and noticing that I’ve got a pretty extensive backlog of cocktails that have never made it on to the site. Until now. You can expect to see more cocktails here this year as I’ve discovered | Read More

Cocktail ABV Calculator

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Something occurred to me recently: Why are we still banishing low-alcohol and no-alcohol drinks to their own dumb section of the menu, like they’re sitting at the kids’ table at dinner? Think about it for a second, doesn’t it seem a little barbaric in this day and age – when we’re all consuming more low-proof | Read More

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

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As any regular visitor to this site can tell you, I. Love. Eggnog. (A LOT). And as I’ve said before, my love for the stuff is not limited to just the alcoholic versions I’ve been evangelizing for the past decade and half. I even love the goop that you get from the grocery store. It’s | Read More

At My Bars, We Support Brands Who Support Bartenders – Part II

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Back in 2019, I wrote a little piece about how liquor companies could be better about supporting the next generation of working bartenders. It was really well-received by both the bartending community and by the brands who truly care about the people who are on the front lines, selling their products. Dozens of brands reached | Read More