1.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†What’s your story? How did you get so interested in cocktails?
When I was a kid, my mom said either be a good shrink, or a good bartender.¬† We all know how that turned out…¬† I’m constantly being re-motivated to do what I do by¬†the¬†increasingly complex demands¬†of¬†our guests.¬† New people are being turned on to crafted cocktails every day; its exciting to think that what we do could someday become¬†the¬†rule, not¬†the¬†exception.
¬†2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†What compelled you to become a bartender? (I mean, there¬†are¬†other ways to make a living.)
Well, like a lot¬†of¬†bartenders and service industry workers, I was a crappy drummer.
3.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†What differentiates Jbird from other cocktail bars?
From inception, Jbird has been focused on service. Sure we put a lot¬†of¬†intensity in to excecuting¬†the¬†cocktails, but our main focus is¬†the¬†guest.¬† Want ten ingredients served in a pineapple? Sure. Want a vodka soda? No problem.
4.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Why do you think rum is enjoying such a renaissance?
As¬†the¬†collective palate becomes more discerning, so does their reach and willingness to try new products.¬†¬†Of course, new bars popping up around¬†the¬†country every day with radical new ideas doesn’t hurt.
¬†Easy. A 1934 Zombie.¬† If you can drink through that, you can drink through anything.
6.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†What’s a great easy rum drink people can make at home?
A daiquiri. So easy to make, but such a grand pursuit to perfect. Rum, lime juice and sugar.¬† So sexy…
7.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Who’s¬†the¬†most liberated spirit you know (past or present)? Who has lived life¬†the¬†most freely?
¬†Any newborn baby.¬† Everything is either¬†the¬†most amazing thing you’ve ever seen, or its completely terrifying.
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