I’ve added three new cocktails to my Original Cocktails list. Have a look, make it at home or at work (assuming of course your place of work allows drinking on the premises) , and let me know what you think!
Cocktail Concept: Her Eyes
Cocktail Concept: Il Sale Della Vita
Il Sale Della Vita
Cocktail Concept: Caribbean Espionage
You could be the diva of the dive bar, the resident at a primo hotel bar, or fancy yourself the master of the craft at a fancy cocktail bar, but nothing will prepare you for work as a non-bar nomad.
Now this was a rocking party. Absolut Elyx X Davidoff Cigars event, 700 guests vs 2 bartenders.
By non-bar, I mean the entirely unsuitable area some client has designated in his kitchen as the place for his guests to collect drinks, or even worse, that god-awful 4ft long folding contraption somebody had the audacity to call a ‘bar’ that’s been set up at a convention hall for some corporate function. Now I can’t say I’m a veteran of these private events, but I think I’ve done enough work at the non-bar to divulge some of the helpful tips below for the entrepreneurial bartender so that he or she doesn’t ruin their first ever private event and earns the chance for repeat customers and a little extra cash in their hand.
Now that I’m back in HK, I’ve been trying to get my original cocktail page up to date by filling in the pages with photos of the cocktails. I’ve updated the Madam Marguerite and Bohemian Sour with a cocktail photo.
Since these cocktails were contributions to the menu of a consultation client, I had the shoot at that very same bar, but I’ll be honest, the bar isn’t the best for photographs. Poor lighting, odd backdrops, an tiled bar that doesn’t look great in a closeup… It doesn’t help that the cocktail garnishes hasn’t been very well implemented after I signed off on the project; management made an odd choice in glassware, the accessories are the wrong size, or the wrong type all together. If I have time, I’ll try and do a shoot again with the garnish and glassware faithful to the image I had in my head.
On the plus side, I’ve learned a valuable lesson. Even if you provide a detailed description and set of instructions for someone, its not enough to ensure that they follow through on your concept. Everything, and I mean everything, even the things you think should be taken for common sense, should be provided on a sliver platter.