Pour Cut #3

This week’s lesson is the 3rd in our recent series of Pour/Cut’s. The concept is the same as in the previous lessons, however the inverse grip of this week’s lesson makes for a nice twist. It helps to make sure you’ve already learned – or at least watched – the Pour Cut #1 and Pour Cut #2.

For starters, let’s talk about the grip on the bottle. For this move, we use what’s called an inverse grip, or sometimes “a juggler’s grip.” An easy way to get this grip is to simply pull the bottles out of the well this way; wrap your palm and fingers tightly around the neck of the bottle . Make sure you have dry hands! The last thing you want is the bottle to come flying out of your hand like a rocket ship.

Start the pour as close to the glass – or in it – as possible. This will help make sure you aren’t spilling. In case I haven’t mentioned this enough before: spilling at home is fun (go ahead and soak yourself like a dog on a beach), spilling at work is not allowed. Being a good ambassador of flair means performing moves at work that you are comfortable with, always giving great service, and avoiding spills at all costs, so that your boss, co-workers, and guests say things like “That was awesome – do that again!” rather than “Hey, maybe just make the drink and try not to spill everywhere this time.”

The “Cut” really comes from two motions: 1) the pivot of your wrist bringing the bottle from pointing down to pointing up, and 2) swiftly moving your arm down and across your body. Finding the sweet spot between these two movements – like shifting to 1st gear in a manual transmission – is really the trick to getting this move down. It may take a bit of practice before you can do it consistently so fill up a bottle of water at home, grab a pour spout and a tin, and practice this a lot. Actually, you can make a nice little drill/routine of practicing Pour Cut #1 and Pour Cut #2 back and forth.

Cuts are a flashy little way to finish making a drink. It’s perfect for very busy nights when you don’t have time to really flip bottle bottles but want to add just a little flash to pouring a drink – AND it’s the perfect ending to a good long routine, too.

You can probably do this with any pour spout, maybe, but I definitely prefer the Spill Stop 285-50s that we reviewed in a previous video.

 

Pour Cut #2: Flair Lesson 92

This week’s lesson is the inverse of last week’s lesson, so make sure you’ve already learned – or at least watched – the Pour Cut #1.

For starters, let’s talk about the grip on the bottle. Begin by grabbing the bottle around the neck and fan your fingers across the shoulders of the bottle as much as possible. This should give you a very solid grip on the bottle. Make sure you have dry hands! The last thing you want is the bottle to come flying out of your hand like a rocket ship.

Start the pour as close to the glass – or in it – as possible. This will help make sure you aren’t spilling. In case I haven’t mentioned this enough before: spilling at home is fun (go ahead and soak yourself like a dog on a beach), spilling at work is not allowed. Being a good ambassador of flair means performing moves at work that you are comfortable with, always giving great service, and avoiding spills at all costs, so that your boss, co-workers, and guests say things like “That was awesome – do that again!” rather than “Hey, maybe just make the drink and try not to spill everywhere this time.”

The “Cut” really comes from two motions: 1) the pivot of your wrist bringing the bottle from pointing down to pointing up, and 2) swiftly moving your arm down and across your body. Finding the sweet spot between these two movements – like shifting to 1st gear in a manual transmission – is really the trick to getting this move down. It may take a bit of practice before you can do it consistently so fill up a bottle of water at home, grab a pour spout and a tin, and practice this a lot. Actually, you can make a nice little drill/routine of practicing Pour Cut #1 and Pour Cut #2 back and forth.

Cuts are a flashy little way to finish making a drink. It’s perfect for very busy nights when you don’t have time to really flip bottle bottles but want to add just a little flash to pouring a drink – AND it’s the perfect ending to a good long routine, too.

You can probably do this with any pour spout, maybe, but I definitely prefer the Spill Stop 285-50s that we reviewed in a previous video.

 

Pour Cut #1: Flair Bartending TV Lesson 91

This week’s lesson is a handy little flashy way to finish making a drink. It’s called a “Cut” and involves learning how to very quickly “Cut” off the stream of liquid from the bottle to finish pouring a drink. It’s perfect for very busy nights when you don’t have time to really flip bottle bottles but want to add just a little flash to pouring a drink – AND it’s the perfect ending to a good long routine, too.

Most importantly: Make sure you have DRY HANDS!! Losing control of the bottle as you viciously cut it away is dangerous and may cause a heart attack (if you’ve ever accidentally missed a grip on a bottle at work and seen it heading over the bar towards guests, you know what I mean).

Also, you can probably do this with any pour spout, maybe, but I definitely prefer the Spill Stop 285-50s that we reviewed last week.

Have fun and practice, practice!

 

 

Flair Bartending Lesson 90: Arm Roll Down into Pour

 

This week’s flair bartending move is a great effect that takes LOTS of practice. Essentially, all we are doing is the Around the Head Grip Change into the Arm Roll Down – except we are doing it one-handed with no guidance for the bottle. Easier said than done.

Tips I have for learning this flair move:

1) Practice, practice. Seriously. Do this 100 times; hopefully you’ll get it once. Do it another 100; hopefully you’ll get it twice.

2) Play with the amount of liquid you have in the bottle. I’ve seen people do this with half full bottles; some people prefer nearly empty bottles. See which one works for you.

3) Play with the angle at which you extend your arm. In the video, my arm is angled down quite a bit; however, I often see people do this flair move with their arm more straight out. “Stepping into” the move and using that momentum to push the bottle away from you can be a much more effective way to control the bottle as it rolls down your arm.

4) Did I mention practice? Yeah, practice some more.

Flair Bartending Lesson 80: Under Arm Misdirection

 

This week’s flair bartending move is a 1 bottle, good fun, exhibition flair move that builds off the move we learned last week, the Misdirection. It’s a great opener to the start of any routine when you have a nearly empty bottle.

Tips for learning the Under Arm Misdirection:

1) Make sure you are already comfortable with the Misdrection.

2) Practice throwing the bottle behind your back and underneath your arm/armpit, catching it comfortably at chest level.

3) Once you are comfortable and consistent with this throw, add in the misdirection.

4) Be ambidextrous. You can learn to do this with both hands by drilling the move back and forth, left to right, right to left, and so on.

5) You can do the Under Arm Misdirection with either a 1 liter or a750 ml.

6) Like most moves, start by practicing with an empty bottle or a Flairco Bottle. Once you can do the move, try putting 2-3 ounces of liquid in the bottle, putting a pour spout on it, and practicing it until you can do it without spilling.

7. In addition to slapping the misdirection and catching the bottle with your non-throwing hand, practice catching with the same hand you used to throw. Try making this a one-handed flair move.