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Help Send a Milwaukee Bartender to Tales of the Cocktail

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If you haven't noticed, Milwaukee is becoming increasingly known in the national craft cocktail scene. Bartenders like Mathias Simonis, Katie Rose, Daniel Dufek, and Chad Doll are consistently winning national cocktail competitions, bringing great exposure to our fair city.

This year at Tales of the Cocktail, an annual cocktail extravaganza held in New Orleans, Milwaukee will be sending three bartenders to compete against some of the best mixologists in the world. With your help, we can make it four.

Emily Evans, an up and coming bartender from Bryant's Cocktail Lounge, is one of the top 25 finalists in the Russian Standard "Emotion in a Glass" competition. As part of this competition, people are asked to vote on Facebook for their favorite cocktail.

Currently, Emily is in third place, but it is completely possible for her to move in to first place. Want to help? Simply follow the link below and vote for Emily's cocktail "Anticipation". Hurry the deadline for voting is June 4th!

Don't feel right voting for a cocktail you haven't tried? No Problem, you can make it at home or stop by Bryant's Cocktail Lounge Thursday between 8PM and 1AM to have Emily make you one of these amazing cocktails. I think you will agree, it is well worth the win!

"Anticipation" by Emily Evans of Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

3 oz Russian Standard Vodka
0.5 fresh lime juice
0.5 oz agave nectar
6 cherry tomatoes
8 basil leaves
kosher salt
cracked black pepper


Muddle cherry tomatoes and basil with a dash each of salt and pepper. Add lime, agave and Russian Standard Vodka. Shake vigorously with ice cubes and double strain into a coupe glass rubbed with lime and rimmed with equal parts salt and black pepper. Garnish with a basil leaf.

 

 

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BarsandBartending | June 8, 2011 at 10:50 a.m. (report)

You need a BIG personality to become a bartender. Practise at home bartending basics. For instance, the most popular drink recipes, how to pour, cut fruit and open wine, etc... Here the link to an entire guide to landing a bartending job http://www.bars-and-bartending.com/bartender-resume.html . Including resumes, interview questions, and what to wear. One option to getting your foot in the bar is to work as a barback or waiter and show keen interest in learning from the current bartender until you're able to be bumped up to the bar. The other way is practise hard at home, maybe host a few parties where you can 'play' bartender, and then offer to work a free shift. The owners would be able to resist the idea and you're now in a position to prove yourself. If you impress them, they will definitely hire you because good bartenders are hard to find. If you aren't good enough, you still take away from the experience; more knowledge and probably a few more bar tricks and skills from watching other bartenders. If you're all ready working at a nice establishment as a server, ask if you can come in on some slow shift and practise with the bartender. Or just go in on your own when their service is slow and ask questions. It will show your interest and initiative to learn and work hard.

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KyleCherek | June 6, 2011 at 1:18 p.m. (report)

36041 Madison, really? Where did you ever get Madison? They both have been paying taxes in Milwaukee for the 2 years. They live here, work here, Madison, ahggggg!

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jrdngwz | June 3, 2011 at 8:50 a.m. (report)

I would say because the Bittercube boys are Madison based - they certainly are "stirring things up" in Milwaukee - but they are getting their names out in articles and blogs all over the greater mid-west area and the United States.

I wouldn't get offended that their names weren't mentioned - seriously.

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KyleCherek | June 2, 2011 at 8:27 a.m. (report)

36041 How can any serious "craft cocktail" or "mixologist" article regarding Milwaukee talents exempt Nick Kosevich or Ira Koplowitz of Bitter Cube?

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