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A nervous drinker walks into a bar...
OK, we got nothing - but what we lack in punch lines, we're about to make up for in advice.
Whether you're a bona fide professional bartender or just like to stir things up as the barkeep in the comfort of your own home, you're likely to encounter a guest who doesn't quite know what to make of modern cocktail culture.
As a bartender at a busy hotel bar, Jamie Sanford from Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas regularly serves cocktail fetishists and booze neophytes alike – and manages to make both feel just as welcome.
Learn his tips to set an anxious drink orderer - and drink maker, for that matter - at ease.
Five Ways to Put a Nervous Drinker at Ease: Jamie Sanford
2. The menu is just a starting off point
3. If you learn enough about your nervous drinker’s palate from your conversation, go ahead and create an original cocktail for them
4. Pull out all the stops and ensure your nervous drinker that you are offering them the best cocktail that you can
5. It’s always good to have a specialty drink in your repertoire
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Muddle the strawberries and basil leaves together with lemongrass simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. Then add Aperol and gin to the muddled strawberries and basil, and shake together. Pour into a chilled glass and top with ginger beer, orange bitters, and black pepper. Finally, garnish glass with a strawberry, basil leaf and lemon.
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