Flair Lesson #26: Tin Start

We’ve been learn slightly more difficult moves lately and I know this move might seem to be a step backward. Hopefully, you can figure out the mechanics of this on your own with just a little bit of practice – I’m just pulling the tin off the rail, giving it a 1 1/2 spin, and catching it by my ear. However, this move is hugely important because it functions as a litmus test of sorts. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, unless you work in a full flair bar, not all of your guests want to see you flip bottles. Bummer I know, but your job as a bartender is to give your guests exactly what they want.Sometimes that means conversation, sometimes it means entertainment, other times it means a quick drink. This move, the Tin Start is a great, simple litmus test you can use to start making any drink. Keep an eye on your guest while you do the move. If they don’t care or if they don’t seem interested, just make their damn drink. If you get a positive response, consider adding a little flair to their drink. Either way, it only cost you a half second to find out.

I start nearly all of my drinks with either this Tin Start, the Thumb Roll, or a Basic Tin Behind the Back.

FYI: if you’re wondering what tin I am using in this video, it is the Neon Green Coated 28oz. Tin. Exactly the same as our usual 28oz. Standard Weighted Tin, just looks a little flashier.


Flair Lesson #22: Thumb Roll

Warning: this one is maddening, addictive, and super fun. It was maddening for me because it took me forever to finally get it down. It’s addictive because it is a move that you can easily practice and repeat without really focusing on it. And it’s super fun – once you get it down.

The main reason I love this move is that even though it is not super flashy, it is a great litmus test. As I’ve mentioned before, not everyone wants to see you flair – oftentimes they just want a quick drink. This move is a great little litmus test to help determine whether or not your guest is interested. I start probably half my cocktails with this thumb roll; if I see that the guest takes notice or smiles at this maneuver, I might go into a couple more complex moves. If they don’t seem to care, I go right into making their drink and it hasn’t cost me a single second. Tips for thumb roll: Continue Reading » Flair Lesson #22: Thumb Roll

Flair Lesson 19: Basic Tin Behind Back

Not a lot to say about this move because it is pretty basic. However, I thought it was worth making a video for this move because it tends to be my most common starting move for making a drink. It helps to be comfortable with the Flat Behind the Back, just to be used to the catch.

Grab the tin off the bar and pull it back towards you, giving a little wrist-flick to get a half-spin and catch it behind your back. If you’re having trouble, be sure to watch it all the way into your catch.

This move is great for bars that aren’t crazy Continue Reading » Flair Lesson 19: Basic Tin Behind Back