Tap 42 Beverage Director Paige Nast Talks About Tricking Customers, Cosmos With Olive Juice
This is almost like naming a favorite child, because I love both Whiskey and Gin, and for the same reasons; within each spirit category, each different brand is so distinct from the next. I love how varied both whiskies and gins are and always love to discover a new awesome brand.
What's your favorite thing to drink after work?
Makers 46 Manhattan, on the rocks, with an orange twist, preferably flamed. AND STIRRED NOT SHAKEN!
What is your favorite place to drink after work?
I like to go to Laser Wolf with our beer director at Tap to try whatever they have that we don't. I know that sounds surprising because I'm a mixologist so you would think I would be drinking liquor, but I'm a self-confessed cocktail snob and I'd rather drink beer if I'm not confident I can get a properly executed cocktail, because no one likes to be that person that complains. I also love Park Tavern in Delray, even though it's a little far from me, they have GREAT cocktails and an awesome vibe overall.
What's the best pick-up line you've heard at the bar?
There's no such thing as a good pick up line.
"I would drink your bath-water" to which I replied "I just worked for 12 hours, might be a little salty!" GROSS!
If someone comes in and orders a ______, you instantly think ______ about them.
Long Island; AMATEUR!
Biggest pet-peeve while working?
I hate when people leave glass racks on our back-bar, it just irritates me because I think it looks messy. I also am OCD about placing new bev-naps underneath every new drink, sometimes I even end up putting two or three because I'm such a creature of habit.
Who is your favorite local bartender? Any why?
My friend Luis at Steak 954, because he's very passionate about what he does and truly cares about the industry just as I do.
If I wasn't a bartender, I would be a ______.
Not really sure but definitely something in the industry! Perhaps a sommelier.
Favorite kind of bar customer?
Adventurous people that really embrace the experience and are open-minded enough to trust me and try new things.
Least favorite kind of bar customer?
Rude, wasted, and over-all miserable ones! Although I do love a challenge! I love being able to turn a hater into our newest fan.
If you could make a drink for anyone, who would it be? And which drink do you think would suit them?
Dale Degroff, because he is basically the godfather of mixology. I'd love to make him my Drafted Old-Fashioned as I think it's one of the most innovative cocktails that I've come up with, while still a classic at heart.
Favorite thing about bartending?
Meeting such different and varied personalities, and again, being able to open up people's eyes to new flavors and spirits. I truly love what I do and interacting with so many different people really is life-enriching. I also love that it's a continuous learning process; you can never know everything and learning new things every day is something that definitely fulfills me.
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