Updated: Mar 26, 2020
In her own words...
"I love to bartend and would encourage ANYONE to do it!
I figured that I could always do it while I was in town being that they were willing to work around my flight attendant schedule. I learned some basic bartending necessities and took off from there. I crammed all the info that I could. I learned and learned and learned. I learned so much and was so good at bartending that I stop flying to pursue my REAL passion and it wasn’t serving drinks in the sky. I bartended several years and all of my friends and friends of friends saw how much fun I was having doing it that I had people asking me to teach them. I loved it so much, I would feel selfish not to help people enjoy what I enjoyed so much. So me and a friend started to teach people one on one the basics of becoming a bartender. We did that for a couple years until I decided to up and move to Chicago, not knowing what I was in for.
I came to Chicago and my whole world changed. I became even more of a mixologist. Learning things that I never knew existed. Plants, spices, textures, tastes, different liquors, spirits, and so much more. I familiarized myself with these things. I did tastings and short educational courses on some of them. I became so intrigued that I started curating and creating my own cocktails. The first drink I ever curated made the menu at The Promontory (Hyde Park). I was so proud and excited that every chance I got to create a cocktail, I was doing it. If someone comes to the bar and gives me an idea or even something that they have a taste for...
I’m gonna make it with love AAAND flavor. Some people like it sweet. Some people like it sour. Some people like it dry. But everyone loves happy hour. Be on the look out for me because I’m satisfying taste buds all around Chicago."
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