Trivia - Whiskey vs. Whisky?
Which is it? “Whiskey” or “Whisky”? Well – bottom line is that these spellings are used interchangeably by most people. However to keep the semantically oriented happy I thought I better look into this a bit further. It seems that the Scottish maintain a clear distinction here. What they make is “whisky”. What everyone else makes is “whiskey”.
Throw one back on #ThirstyThursday
Happy Cinco de Mayo! How are you celebrating?
Dealing with a Drunk Bar Guest: Do’s and Don’ts
When someone gets drunk and disorderly while you’re bartending, it can become an uncomfortable situation for you, especially if others are watching. If you’re like me and don’t like confrontation, here are some ways to deal with intoxicated bar guests and not look like the bad guy.
- Remain calm and friendly - You don’t want to embarrass or insult the person. If they feel they are being shown respect, they will usually comply with you.
- Offer food or water - “I’m sorry, I can’t serve you anymore drinks but I’d be happy to get you some food or coffee. Would you like to see a menu?”
- Call a cab - You definitely don’t want this person driving home, you may be liable if something were to happen. Get them a ride home by a cab or a sober friend.
- “I” not “You” - Phrase your language in terms of “I” rather than “you” For instance say, “I can’t serve you right now,” instead of “You can’t have anymore.”
- Argue with them - This will only escalate things. You want to minimize the confrontational element of the situation, so try to resolve the issue as calmly as possible.
- Accuse them - Don’t reprimand the customer or say ”you are drunk” or “you’ve had too much”.
- Threaten them - You don’t want to tell the person what to do, instead offer options (like ordering food, call a cab, etc.)
- Raise your voice - If you do, chances are a customer will react in a similar manner.
If things become out of hand or you fear for your safety or those around you, notify a manager and call the police.
Tired of tequila? Try this recipe for a Whiskey Margarita this year for Cinco de Mayo.
What you’ll need:
1 1/2 ounces Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey
1 ounce triple sec
1 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce (i.e. a splash) simple syrup
Lime wedge and/or salt, to garnish
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Strain into ice-filled highball or a margarita glass. Garnish as you like with lime and/or salt.