Sometimes Shit Happens

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A year has passed.

I’ve been away.

I am back!

You’ve been warned…

This past year has been a whirlwind.  Personally and professionally, I have been on one hell of a ride.  Somewhere along the way, I lost my “funny”.  One thing I didn’t lose – my desire to connect the world through great drinks, great food and laughter.  In order to do that, I needed to go “away”.  I needed to just “shut up” for a while.

I do not believe in posting, blogging, tweeting bullshit just for the sake of keeping my face and brand out there.  There is enough clutter and noise on the world wide web and in the world in general.  I refuse to contribute to that mental litter.  Our lives have too much nonsense and bullshit.

This blog began with a simple idea – bring the WHOLE bartender to you.  

Show that bartenders are more than just the people who sling your drinks.

In the year I have been absent from this blog, I have been taking the time to create new cocktail recipes for us, experiment in the kitchen for us, observe the nonsense that comes along with my job in order to make us all laugh again.

To those of you that reached out to see where the hell I have been and when the hell I am coming back, THANK YOU!

Strap yourselves in and buckle up!

Xo, Amy

Looking for a New Year’s Eve party cocktail?

Here is a fun, festive martini – The Blue Snowflake

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Ingredients:
Malibu Rum*
Cream of coconut
Pineapple juice
Blue Curacao
Sambuca, white
Coconut flakes (for rimming glass)

Rim chilled martini glass:
Squeeze dollop of coconut cream in center of plate
place generous amount of coconut flakes on a separate plate
Hold glass by stem, tilt and dip rim in coconut cream, spin until edge is well coated
Then, use same technique and drag rim slowly thru coconut flakes, until well coated

In a cocktail shaker:**
Fill 1/4 with ice cubes
3oz Malibu rum
1oz pineapple juice
1 tsp cream of coconut
1/2 oz blue Curacao
Dash of sambuca (too much will overtake the drink)
Shake well and pour, with the ice, into martini glass

Enjoy!
Amy

*coconut flavored vodka can be used instead
**you can turn the martini into a frozen version, just by blending it

I’ll Face It With a Grin

Sometimes, you just need a theme song.  Kind of like Rocky Balboa or even the Golden Girls.

When it’s time to step behind the bar, I listen to this song.

You see my friends, to me, bartending is like being on stage. We engage with our audience. We perform for our audience. We want you to leave life at the door. We want to keep you coming back for more.

WE NEED TO BE “ON”!

The truth is, it’s harder than it looks.

Maybe we just had a fight with our significant other.

Maybe the car didn’t want to start.

Maybe the kids are sick.

Maybe someone we love is dying.

Maybe business is slow and we are worried about making the rent.

Maybe we are on our third double to make ends meet.

Maybe our threshold for the ridiculous has been surpassed.

Maybe we aren’t getting along with our “band mates”.

Maybe the customer before you was a real “piece of work”.

Maybe we have endured the Chef’s wrath because of all the “special requests” that are coming in with every single order.

Whatever “it” is…

…we leave it at the door and put it all on the floor.

This song inspires me to do just that.  I think of Freddy Mercury in the studio laying down what would be his last track.  How gravely ill he was at the time. How he went in there and nailed it.

This song is my anthem.  I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I do.

The Show Must Go On

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

XO, Amy

Let’s Eat

Summer is still here, despite what my husband says. He is like Eeyore. Starting the 3rd week in July, he likes to remind me on a nightly basis how much sunlight we are losing AND that summer is almost over.
Well, I say, “Nay, nay, my friends”. As far as I am concerned, summer is still alive and kicking until that first leaf falls in my yard.
With all that being said, I want to share with you two recipes. The first one is for GREEK PASTA SALAD and the second is for HERBED RED BLISS POTATO SALAD.
Today, I will focus on the pasta. This was just served at my ANNUAL THANK YOU BBQ I put on each summer at my home for my amazing “regulars“.

GREEK PASTA SALAD

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Ingredients:
2lbs penne pasta
1 Green bell pepper, seeded and julienned
1 medium sized cucumber, skin on, seeded, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in wheels, discard ends (this step is a slight pain in the ass)
1 small red onion, chopped (grab some tissues, tears will fall)
1 pint crumbled feta
1 16 oz bottle of greek dressing, oil based not creamy
Salt

Boil pasta until al dente (you do not want mushy pasta) in salted water, drain, cold water rinse, drain again

Pasta can be prepped up to 2 days in advance, chill in fridge, then use greek dressing to LIGHTLY coat (just enough to keep pasta from sticking and to let flavor soak in)

Mix together bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, onion (place in container and set aside in fridge until 24hrs before serving. Day before consumption, mix in with pasta, add more dressing, again, just enough to coat not soak)

Day of party: mix in feta, add more dressing (enough to wet not soak, I used just under 3/4 of a bottle)

ENJOY the compliments and the taste!

xo, Amy

PS: prep time varies based on your alcohol consumption

Never tell your kids where you work

I feel a sense of responsibility to the global community. Like someone with super powers using them for good and not evil.

If I am going to have this media platform, I feel compelled to warn others when there is danger (or epic foolishness) lurking in our communities and in our homes.

imageConsider the following story a cautionary tale…

Once upon a busy night at work, the phone call came. The call no parent wants to get.
“Your son is on the phone.”
My heart sank. “Tell him I am extremely busy. Ask if it’s an emergency”, I said frantically.
A moment later, “he says it IS an emergency”.

Cue the dramatic music, mamma is about to have a heart attack!

imageIn a flash, I deployed my emergency resources. Like Santa calling for his Reindeer!
“On Donna to table 108 for an order!”
“On Janice to the kitchen for the birthday cake and candles!”
“On Manager to the bar to finish making my drinks!”
“On Hostess to my two new tables with menus and an apology!”

This had all the makings of the proverbial “shit show”.

I scramble to the phone trying to maintain my composure.
ME: “Honey, what’s wrong?!”
SON: “Mum, can I have my XBox back? I’m bored.”
ME: ‘click’

imageApparently we have differing opinions on what constitutes an EMERGENCY!