What do you love about your work, specifically in Chicago?
"I love being able to create a drink that makes people smile and think, “Woah, that’s awesome!” Chicago’s palettes seem to more adventurous which makes it more fun for me to play with cool ingredients!"
What are your must-have bar tools for anyone stocking their bar?
"A hawthorn strainer, a jigger, and a shaker are the three most necessary items for your home bar to create a balanced drink. A hand citrus press, julep strainer, a muddler, a bar spoon, and a pint glass for stirring come next. Things like a Y peeler, a channel knife, a cherry pitter, and a church key, are all great things to have but not always necessary."
What basic glassware do you recommend?
"I think everyone needs to have: a) a good rocks glass for scotches, whiskeys, and bourbons served either neat or on the rocks, b) a Collins glass for mixed drinks that would be served over ice. c) a cocktail or martini glass for drinks served Up and d) my personal favorite, the coupe glass, it’s a fun way to serve a cocktail and can also double for a champagne glass without having to use the traditional flute."
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