On any given evening for the past 12 ½ years, you can find me creating cocktails, whether it be for patrons or at homes for friends. I began bartending on my 21st birthday in 2006 at King Pin Lanes in Midlothian, VA. Since then, I’ve worked at very diverse establishments such as restaurants, night clubs, and I even had a moment where I managed a bar on Las Vegas Blvd.
My career has brought me to where I am now, which is what I call “an office with a view” at the Lumac Rooftop Bar at The Bristol Hotel. We have a 360 degree view of all of Bristol with an enclosed space as well to be able to enjoy the scenery even in the strongest of elements. The company that I work for is nothing short of amazing and I always look forward to seeing all of my regulars and new guests. My bar manager, Lee, has always been super supportive of me and all of my coworkers, and he pushes us to be creative (definitely stop in to try any of our signature cocktails, all created by the bartenders of The Bristol). This establishment also has me teamed up with a work family that I’ll always cherish, and I’m so proud and humbled to see how far we have come since we first opened in September!
This career is something that I’ve put my entire soul into. Even on my darkest days, I love what I do, and I’m constantly learning, training, and evolving into a better bartender than I was the day before. It truly is a wonderful experience and I’m extremely blessed to do a job that I love so deeply. I am 100% a lifer in this industry!
Chocolate Nut Martini
.5 oz Vodka (I use Svedka)
.5 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
.5 oz Amaretto
.5 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
In a mixing tin, add all ingredients with ice
Shake it like a polaroid picture
Strain into a martini glass
For added flair and flavor, start by swirling the martini glass with chocolate designer sauce
1.5 oz gin (I prefer Commonwealth or Hendricks)
.75 oz St Germain
Fill a rocks glass with ice
Pour in gin, St Germain, and Club Soda
Squeeze lime wedge