The United States Bartenders’ Guild is an organization of beverage service professionals dedicated to the continued refinement of our craft. Such refinement is achieved through advanced product education; original hand crafted cocktail competitions; and aggressive involvement with other professionals in the beverage industry throughout the country and internationally. It is our intention, desire and main focus to become the most skilled, knowledgeable and professional group of bartenders in the industry.
Since before I was of legal age I would research and practice making classic cocktails. I joined the Tucson industry starting on University, working at Fuku and learning next door at the Castillian Spring (the espresso art bar). Since then I've continued to yearn to learn more, having the pleasure of tending bar at both Playground downtown and Sidecar at the Broadway Village.
Between those two jobs, my favorite thing is to share a little knowledge with guests that leads them to try something new and resulting in a drink they'll always come back to. Either that or tossing a little flair around, because who doesn't enjoy a good show?
I would definitely say my guilty pleasure cocktail is a flaming doctor pepper shot. Combining overproof liquor, arson, and obnoxious bombing, and slamming a drink down. I dare not order them or make them, but hot damn! I love everything about it when I have one or three.
The USBG has in the last few years been a big part of my bartending career. It never ceases to amaze me just how much camaraderie and knowledge is shared in our chapter while still being so fun.
For the Circle K Challenge this year I used spicy, hot mango Icee; Saladitos salted, dried plums; and rimmed with a stretched out cherry airhead, strawberry starburst spread and a yellow glowstick star garnish. My inspiration for this drink was to blend sweet and heat, being incredibly tasty, yet appearing unappealling. The name was derived from the drink spinning off from a Mexican Firing Squad. Keeping it taboo and making it topical, the Mexican Detention Center or MDC.
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