Bartender Q&A: Adam Seger Master Mixologist, Advance Sommelier for iPic Entertainment
Having the prefix master before your title indicates you know what you're doing.
Master gardeners are experts in the field of horticulture. Master's degree prove a persons authority in a given field. The Masters Golf Tournament brings together the best golfers in the world. You get the point.
Adam Seger of iPic Entertainment is a Master Mixologist. The man behind the amazing cocktail list at Tanzy is so good he was the first American to present cocktails at Moscow's The Russian Cocktail Club.
Obviously, we had to pick his brain. We spoke to Seger about his favorite spirit and what he would make for Ernest Hemingway.
Clean Plate Charlie: Hometown/ High School?
Seger: Hometown grew up in Baton Rouge, went to high school at St. Paul's in Garden City.
How long have you been in South Florida?
Since opening Tanzy and iPic Mizner Park - around Spring 2012.
How long have you been in the industry?
My first job was as a dishwasher when I was 13 and I'm 44 now.
I knew I wanted to be a bartender when _____.
I learned my dad used to be one.
Favorite drink to make?
Least favorite drink to make?
Strangest drink requested?
A Dirty Cosmo
What's your favorite spirit?
What's your favorite thing to drink after work?
What is your favorite place to drink after work?
Casual neighborhood spot. My favorite spot here is the Dubliner.
What's the best pick-up line you've heard at the bar?
"Is it hot in here or is it you?"-- Sam Malone from Cheers.
The cliche, "Come here often?"
If someone comes in and orders a ______, you instantly think ______ about them.
Negroni; they get it
Biggest pet-peeve while working?
Guests who are not open to experiencing something new.
Who is your favorite local bartender? Any why?
Elad Zvi at The Broken Shaker on South Beach: amazing cocktails, a pioneer and consummate professional.
If I wasn't a bartender, I would be ______.
Favorite kind of bar customer?
Guests interested in discovering something new that they will love more than anything they have had before.
Least favorite kind of bar customer?
One who is not thirsty.
If you could make a drink for anyone, who would it be? And which drink do you think would suit them?
Ernest Hemingway; Spice & Ice, my Ginger-Habanero Daiquiri with a seven spice rim.
Favorite thing about bartending?
Making people feel completely pampered.
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