HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BARTENDING? 18 years.
BEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO YOU BEHIND THE BAR: I worked at St. James Gate Irish Pub at The Sands and served a couple who were on a blind date who really hit it off. Two years later, they came back—to get married where they met!
WHAT “UNCOOL” DRINK DO YOU LOVE? A basic frozen margarita.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE INGREDIENT TO ADD TO A COCKTAIL? Fresh fruit purees with any type of berry. They give a completely different feel to the drink.
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING ON A FRIDAY NIGHT IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO WORK? I’d be at home watching movies with my 14-year-old son.
WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I’m a homebody. I’m a social butterfly at work, but I love to be cozy and hang out at home.
WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS WHEN YOU COME UP WITH A NEW DRINK? I like to do things that other people don’t, and play with flavor profiles that people might hesitate to play with. My palate tends to lean towards sweeter things, so I like the challenge of diving into the realm of bitter, more potent drinks.
I LOVE IT WHEN GUESTS … engage in conversation!
BUT PLEASE DON’T … snap your fingers or call me “waitress.”
YOU’RE NOT A REAL BARTENDER UNTIL … you learn the therapy side of things. You have to be able to give genuine advice to people.