How did you get a job there?
Recommendation from friend.
What spirit do you like to work with the most? what is the last drink you made with it?
Rum, mai tai
Perhaps you are a wine and beer fan and distilled beverages don’t float your boat, what is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular?
Peju Cabernet, had incredible flavors, perfect balance, and a long finish.
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
Fewer drinks requiring a blender.
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
Tommy Bahamas, great bartenders.
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
Mama’s Fish House is famous for our Mai Tais.
What is YOUR signature drink? (Or go to wine or beer in your selection?)
Maui Brewing Company Mana Wheat Beer
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Balanced Flavors, Tastes great, ease of preparation
Who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
Chef Perry’s amazing kau kau
Let’s say you’re pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?
Are you kidding? Do you know where I work?
Name one new liquor/beer/wine you tasted recently. What was your impression?
Kenneth Volk “Santa Maria Cuvee” Pinot Noir, A tasty easy drinking wine with great balance and a long finish.
What are your regulars like?
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
That you get to meet people from all over the world.
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
A good bartender takes pride in his profession, has a good personality behind the bar, is accurate and can make a drink exactly the same every time.
What is the newest drink you have created? Describe whats in it.
Garden Variety is the name: 1 1/2 oz gin, 2oz Beverage Artistry’s Thai Basil & Black Pepper, Fill with club soda (work in progress, not on the menu yet).
MAMA’S FISH HOUSE “We’re Always Happy” HOURS – Daily. $6-$7 Beers; $12 and up wines by the glass; $12 Wells. Mama’s Fish House, (799 Poho Pl., Paia); 808-579-9764;http://mamasfishhouse.com
About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.