Cocktails & Spirits

Bartender Q&A: Tiffany Pearson of Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican on Virgin Margaritas and the Whistle Stop

Peanut butter and jelly; milk and cookies; bacon and eggs: some things are just better in a pair.

We think tequila and summer need to be added to the list. What could possibly be better than sitting poolside with a margarita in hand? Our point, exactly.

Since summer is now well under way -- okay, it has been been for quite some time now -- we figured it was time to chat with someone who knows a little something about tequila (our new stand-by summer spirit), bartender Tiffany Pearson of Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Cuisine in Boca. She fills us in on her favorite dives and favorite spirit.

See also:

- Bartender Q&A: Erik Smith of 3rd & 3rd on Ernest Hemingway and Big Dudes With Girly Drinks

- Cinco de Mayo Is This Weekend: Tequila Cocktails Recipes

Clean Plate Charlie: Hometown/ High School?

Pearson: South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

How long have you been in South Florida?

Two and a half years.

How long have you been in the industry?

Six years.

I knew I wanted to be a bartender when _______.

I realized that I make great drinks and that it would allow me to grow with the company.

Favorite drink to make?

Spiced mango margarita, or any margarita.

Least favorite drink to make?


Strangest drink requested?

A virgin margarita. I mean, who wants just sweet and sour over the rocks?

What's your favorite spirit?

Tequila (Herradura Reposado)

What's your favorite thing to drink after work?

Chilled shot of Grand Marnier

What is your favorite place to drink after work?

The Whistle Stop bar; it's the cutest little dive bar.

What's the best pick-up line you've heard at the bar?


The worst?

Can I get some fries with that shake...said it while I was shaking margaritas.

If someone comes in and orders _____, you instantly think ______.

Water. They're boring

Biggest pet-peeve while working?

Not staying busy -- I'm a little A.D.D.

Who is your favorite local bartender? Any why?

Joshua from the Whistle Stop. He keeps the crowd lively: it's like a party all the time.

If I wasn't a bartender, I would be a ____.

Hospitality Manager

Favorite kind of bar customer?

One who likes to drink.

Least favorite kind of bar customer?

One who comes to the bar to drink a water with a frown.

If you could make a drink for anyone, who would it be? And which drink do you think would suit them?

Just to say "Aye aye captain": Johnny Depp. Because of all of his Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I would make him a Pyrat Punch.

Favorite thing about bartending?

Interacting with guests and recommending drinks that I know they will love!!

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