Many will tell you that mixing great drinks is an art form. We beg to differ. While there certainly is an art to mixology – the crafting of new recipes – mixing drinks is really more of a craft than an art. The difference? A craft is skill that, with training and practice, can be learned and mastered.
Take, for instance, the case of Brian Rea, a bartending and bar management legend who certainly didn’t start out that way. Although we know the man of today, Brian was kind enough to share one of the less-than-masterful moments from his early days behind the bar. This excerpt is from Rea’s forthcoming book, B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. (Bars and Saloons, Taverns and Random Drink Stories), which chronicles both the history of the bar and Brian’s personal experiences behind it.