I grew up without an alcoholic father. My parents split before I was a year old, so I didn’t really have to deal with that side of life. Good thing because I had lots of other issues to choose from. But I went through my own drinking phase counter-balanced by a teetotaler phase. These days I have a beer now and then and a martini on special occasions.

My short stories in The Bowman’s Inn anthologies take place in the pub. The main character is a bartender. Because he is also Cupid, the drinks he serves are very important. I kind of think they should be non-alcoholic so that no one has a reason to turn them down.

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Several times, we (the other authors in the BI Collective and I) mention the bartenders juggling the bottles for cocktails. Just like in the movie of that name. As in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMXkiX9Hr_o Or this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqXsXuem79A

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But what ends up in the glass after they have juggled and maybe bruised the gin? Apparently there are no standards of quality in cocktails except the taste of the individual. So whatever ends up in the glass, especially if it’s a pretty color and has a fancy skewer of some kind, is perfectly acceptable.

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And what do the bartenders drink when they aren’t on duty? Read this article for the details,http://www.eater.com/drinks/2015/6/16/8779591/9-bad-drinks-bartenders-secretly-love but here are a few things they secretly love: Bubblegum vodka and Red Bull. Flaming Dr. Pepper shots. Redheaded Slut shots. Colt 45. Jägerbombs. Go ahead and look those up, I’ll wait.

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Have you had a RumChata? Would you shoot an ounce of Angostura bitters? Would you know a bone luge if you saw one? And why is the rum gone? Do you remember the first alcohol you ever drank? If you do, you probably didn’t enjoy it very much.

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Mules, Irish coffees, Old Fashions, rum and cola, amazing how much knowledge a bartender has to have. And to enjoy listening to people’s issues as they get drunk, or at least to look like it’s a pleasure to have ears just for them. Is that why a good-looking bartender is a must-have for any bar? Maybe customers will forget their troubles if they just stare into a gorgeous face.

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Bartenders are found around the world in all colors, sizes, and genders. There are drag queen bartenders in New York City. The Bowman’s Inn hired Rusty Malone to back up Valentine Archer at the bar. But that’s not a realistic rotation of employees, so in the Spring 2016, Mandy hires a woman to help out. You’ll just have to pick it up in April to find out who lands the position.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

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