Broward County has a booming beer scene, some great wine bars, and great restaurants all over the place, but in the mixology department there is much left to be desired.
While we might be behind in the availability of craft cocktails compared to other cities -- our nemesis Miami being one -- we still have some great options; they're just fewer and further between.
One of the leading cocktail programs in Fort Lauderdale can be found at Steak 954 in the base of the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel . We figured if you're going to talk to anyone about mixed drinks, you want to get the details from the bartenders there.
With that we spoke to Steak 954's Jake Berkey about red wine and diet coke, his favorite customers, and his favorite local bartender.
Clean Plate Charlie: Where are you from?
Berkey: Howell, Michigan; here since 1999. I've been in the industry 14 years.
I knew I wanted to be a bartender when I moved to Florida.
Favorite drink to make?
Cucumber caipiroksa; people enjoy it.
Least favorite drink to make?
Mojitos; everyone's "sweetness palate" is different.
Strangest drink requested?
Red wine and diet coke: strange combo.