This week’s move is an easy one – BUT it’s also a nice little flashy way to finish pouring nearly any drink. The Around the Head Grip Change I use in the video is simply the easiest method to get into the actual Inverse Pour From Tin but feel free to play around with it and find whatever lead-in works best for you.
Make sure you have your glass set up and iced.
The Shadow Pass into Tin is one of my absolute favorite flair bartending moves. Like a lot of Shadow Pass variations, this one just feels good when you get it down. Also, with the catch into the tin, it provides a nice pause in your movement, giving you a chance to smile at guests or give high-fives before flowing into the rest of your flair routine.
You should already be comfortable with the Shadow Pass.
Tips to getting the Shadow Pass into the Tin:
1) Use the right tools. This move requires a 750 ml bottle and a 28 oz. tin. A 1 liter bottle might technically fit into the standard cocktail shaker, but you will drive yourself absolutely nuts trying to learn this move with that miniscule of a margin of error.
2) Just like when we learned the original Shadow Pass, start small with your throws. In fact, don’t even throw it. For the first 20 times, simply move the bottle behind your head and place it into the tin. Rinse, repeat. This will help establish your hands’ muscle memory for what angles to hold the both the bottle and tin.
3) Use a good “lead-in” that will help flow into the Shadow Pass. I like to use the Circle Swipe Thru with a slight variation on the bottle-grab: as you change your grip on the bottle, grab the bottle by the neck instead of the body. Using this to build momentum for your Shadow Pass into Tin is not only helpful but also adds more of a mini-routine that is fun to watch.
4) “Cheat” a little if you need to by using your shoulder/neck to cradle the bottle a little bit. Eventually you’ll want to move past this but when you’re learning, this can be an effective crutch.
5) Practice this move a lot, trying to get further and further apart with your throwing hand and your catching (tin) hand.
6) The first time you land this move, celebrate like a boss. Then get back to work and do it again.
Bar Products Used in this Lesson
If you’re just starting out flair bartending or are having a hard time flairing bottles without spilling, this is a great chance to set the bottle down and do some great prop flair with an ice scoop and a tin. Perfect start to making a drink or start a routine for a competition.
You can do this move with any size ice scoop, but it’s much easier with a bigger one. You can find a big ice scoop like the one in the video in my bar store. If you’re looking for a neon cocktail shaker like the one in the video, you can find one in my bar store, too.
The standard mixing tin for bartenders and flair bartenders alike, the 28 oz. weighted or unweighted tin is the perfect tool not just for mixing a cocktail, but for entertaining your guest with some smooth flair bartending moves. When you shop around online, you may see 16 oz, 18 oz, 28 oz, and larger sizes – the key is to get the 28 oz tin for the standard cocktail/flair tin. The smaller oz. tins are meant for capping off the 28 oz. tin while you shake the drink, and the larger ones are usually meant as novelties to pour ridiculously large amounts of booze at one time. Continue Reading » Product Review: 28 oz. Weighted or Unweighted Tin
I like basic tin moves because they can be really good moves to test out your crowd or your boss when you’re first starting out. This move isn’t particularly difficult so I will try not to over-explain it. We start by grabbind the tin slightly above its mid-point. If you’ve ever thrown a frisbee, the motion is very similar. Start by hinging your elbow, pushing your forearm away from you. Then flick your wrist and release your fingers on the tin, letting it spin on the balls of your hand (the opposite side of your knuckles.)
If you’re having a hard time with this, try practicing just a half-spin. Once you’re comfortable with that, try spinning the tin all the way around. Be ambidextrous – practice this move with both hands.