Posts Tagged ‘bartending’

  • Gin and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Gin and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    February 9th, 2017 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Did you know that gin is flavored vodka? It’s a Dutch invention. The word itself comes from the Dutch word jenever, which in English is genever, in French genievre — all of which derive from the Latin juniperus — and this goes far in explaining why the predominant flavor of gin is juniper berry. The […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    December 19th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Four winter cocktails to warm your belly: (Vid for Mark, at the Café Claire)   The Sudsbuster He was one of the mellow, the soft-spoken, the tawny-haired — one who preferred to be alone. His name was Mark, a dishwasher at age 45. He was a drifter, a loner. He valued his freedom above all. Dishwashing jobs […]

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  • The Art of Being Interesting

    December 14th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) Product description: “Sometimes I just want to slap him across the face and say ‘Why can’t you be more interesting?’” Thus spoke the lovely young lady at my bar one quiet Sunday night. She was three Manhattans in and talking to me as […]

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  • Everything I Know I Learned From Your F*cking Mother!

    Everything I Know I Learned From Your F*cking Mother!

    September 22nd, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) She was really something, your mother, a real beast. Among other things, she believed that the development of the entire human race depends on the development of the individual. The reason she believed this is that she believed each human is an organism […]

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  • How To Be The Most Interesting Person In The Bar

    September 15th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 12 Comments

    (Get the entire book for free!) Most people are boring. Not you. Why? Because you broke away from the pack a long time ago. You’re a different breed — a dog of a different color. You cultivated the black art of individuality, learned the art of personality. You became brilliant. People argue about your modesty. […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: I Wish You Love

    August 24th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    In bartending, as in life, the fundamental things apply. And time goes by. Thank you for watching.

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  • Wodka!

    Wodka!

    June 17th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    This article first appeared, in slightly altered form, in the Coloradoan newspaper. The Polish call it wodka. The Russians call it vodka. The word itself comes from the slavic voda — meaning “little water” — and, like water, vodka is colorless, odorless, and often enjoyed ice-cold. Distilled from fermented potatoes, or fermented grains (like rye […]

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  • The Sudsbuster

    The Sudsbuster

    April 25th, 2016 | Poetry | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    He was one of the mellow, the soft-spoken, the tawny-haired — one who preferred to be alone. His name was Mark, a dishwasher at age 45. He was a drifter, a loner. He valued his freedom above all; dishwashing jobs he could always find. Our paths crossed and re-crossed at the Café Claire, where I […]

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  • Brandy: She Can Break Your Heart

    March 4th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The following article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper, which kindly asked me to write a column on the spirit of my choice. Brandy is the brown-eyed beauty of distilled spirits — the one from whom you can never quite get away, despite her flawed and fugitive nature. What I like most about brandy is […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Spirit Hound

    September 15th, 2015 | Bartending | journalpulp | Comments Off on Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Spirit Hound

    Deliver my soul from the sword, my darling from the power of the dog: Thank you for watching.

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