Category Archives: 2012-04-23 to 2012-05-13 – Hey, Bartender

Black Bavarian


  • 1 shot Kahlua
  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot Jägermeister
  • 1 pint Pilsner

Fill a glass with ice. Pour over the Kahlua and vodka.
Down in one smooth motion. Chase with the Jägermeister, poured into the Pilsner.

I haven’t had anyone ask me for one of these in years. Who told you about it? He still alive? Shit, have this one on the house. Tell him I said hi.
You know he invented this, right? He was sitting right where you are, about ten years ago. He was about six Black Russians to the wind and he couldn’t decide if he wanted to go home or go on. He ordered a shot of Kahlua, a shot of vodka, a shot of Jäger, a glass, and a pint of Pilsner. He stared at the drinks for a minute, then poured the Kahlua and vodka into the glass, downed it, poured the Jäger into the Pilsner, then downed that. Once I managed to wake him up, I called him a cab and sent him home. He was back the next night and ordered the same again: a Black Bavarian.

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Trainman’s Gift

4 shots dark espresso
2 tablespoons sugar
125ml Red Bull
3 shots vodka
2 raw eggs

Shake with ice until silky, serve in a tall glass, typically drunk in a single draught.

We get a lot of trainmen around here: drivers, loaders and safety officers mostly. Those guys work hard shifts, if a train is late they might only get out at 11pm and have to start again the next day at 6am.

So if they come in here after work and somehow never leave before that dreaded early start we usually give them this one on the house. Call it a nod to public safety.

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Easter Island Iced Tea


  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot tequila
  • 1 shot rum
  • 1 shot gin
  • 1 shot triple sec
  • 1 shot pisco
  • 1 shot cola

Pour the shots one by one into a highblass glass filled with ice. Give it a quick stir and serve quickly so that the bubbles can tickle your nose.

So we were backpacking around the world when we were in our 20s, like people do. We were sitting in some dive bar in Santiago and a guy comes up to us, halfway through a bottle of pisco, and tells us he can give us a great exchange rate for our dollars. While we’re trying to explain that we’re not American, he puts the finishing touches to our cocktails-in-progress with the remains of his bottle. The bartender hustles him out, assuring us he’s harmless.

The name of the drink? You’ve seen those Easter Island Maoi heads, right? That’s how yours feels the next day.

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Base Delight

3 shots Jim bean
2 table spoons brown sugar
1 shot passion fruit cordial

Rapidly stir the sugar into the whiskey so that it is in suspension in a low tumbler and then float the cordial roughly on top. Serve immediately, before the sugar settles.

They say this one came from East LA, where the muso’s used to hang. It was created by the legendary Harry Hunter at the Velvet club one night for Jim Morrison. Although it did little for his whiny voice it became a favourite among rock musicians needing a bit of vocal assistance before a show: sweet enough to solve the munchies, smooth enough to make you feel like James Brown and rough enough to make you sound like Joe Cocker.

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