How did you get a job there?
Recruited from Hard Rock
What spirit do you like to work with the most? what is the last drink you made with it?
Tequila – Margaritas
Perhaps you are a wine and beer fan and distilled beverages dont float your boat, what is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular?
Mirror Pond – Love the flavor.
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
Sea House – Bomb ass food
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
What is YOUR signature drink? (Or go to wine or beer in your selection?)
Margaritas are my favorite – I call them Allieritas
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
Let’s say you’re pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?
Bowling Alley bar in Lahaina
Name one new liquor/beer/wine you tasted recently. What was your impression?
Sam Smith Organic Lager – Loved it but pricey
What are your regulars like?
Awesome group of locals and industry people.
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
Meeting people from all around the world.
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
Multi tasking and having a smile on your face. I always am smiling. I can’t seem to stop.
What is the newest drink you have created? Describe whats in it.
Agave Margarita with fresh squeezed oranges.
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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.