“The irony of working behind a bar,” says Washington DC bartender Matthew Ficke, “is that we don’t get much of a chance to actually go out to bars.”
That’s why Tales of the Cocktail, the annual New Orleans event that took place in July (see sample bartender participation at left), is such a draw — booze masters from around the country come together to talk shop, swap recipes, check out what’s new and get inspired.
“I love seeing what other people are doing with the things that are available to them in their city,” says Birmingham-based mixologist Steva Casey.
We figured you would, too, so we asked six barkeeps what they’re stirring up in their hometowns.
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