I’m no longer a bartender.

After a few years bartending and 10 in the restaurant industry, as well as pursuits in art and music I finally found something to truly focus on which unites the skills I’ve acquired. The language of computers which allow one to deliver experiences and information has truly brought more simplicity and focus to life.

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I’m a Bartender

I’ve been busy starting a business, organizing my wedding, and working at Artusi, but I hope to be making some new posts here soon. Stay tuned for a series of tasting notes of featured Italian Amari and various other Liquors. I’ll be making some campari drinks  at my friend Patrick’s blog A Night Bakery in a video post on how to make Parisian Macarons, which will also be featured on my Fiance’s blog Macaron Porn. And there will be exciting developments and an Andy Warhol Cocktail event by upcoming Turquoise and Mustard, all of which will be revealed.

I thought these images were a fun pairing: a drawing from my Fantastic Jobs series and a recent article in Seattle met, where I’ve become the bartender I drew 2 years ago.

Brandy Blackberry Hot Toddy

Hot Cocktails

With this cold rainy weather and impending holidays, I think it would be good to get down on some hot cocktails. Who wants a icy cold drink when your fingers are numb?

Here are a few I came up with recently after stopping by Clear Creek Distillary in PDX and tasting their delicious grappa, brandy, and single malt whiskey. I’m also working on one with Rye and Ramazzotti ~ the Ramatoddy ~ which I’ll post once I get the recipe right.

Black Berry and Brandy

  • 1.75 oz Clear Creek Pot Still Brandy
  • .5 oz Black Berry Shrub *see recipe below
  • .25 oz Cinnamon Nutmeg Syrup
  • .25oz Lemon Juice
  • 2.5oz Hot Water

Brandy + Cynar

  • 1.5 oz Clear Creek Oregon Pot Still Brandy
  • 1/2 oz Cynar
  • 1/4 oz Lemon
  • 3 oz Hot water
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Nutmeg Syrup *see recipe


  1. - Fill wine glass or snifter with hot water to prime glass, add hot water to 2 cocktail tins let rest and pour out, then add all ingredients to one.
  2. - Transfer mixture back and forth between tins 3 times to mix.
  3. - Pour out hot water from glass, then pour in mixture from tin.
  4. and Bam! you’ve got yourself a delicious cold weather drink.
* Cinnamon Nutmeg Syrup

  • make a 2 to 1 Simple Syrup with brown Sugar
  • while syrup is still hot add 1 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg, put pan back on heat source and stir with a whisk for a minute.
  • pour infused syrup into a shallow container and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour so that it thickens.
  • Strain syrup through mesh or a shinwa to remove any goopy bits.
* Blackberry or Blueberry Shrub

  • Rinse berries under water, and add to sauce pan on medium-low heat.
  • Add 1/2 cup of Apple cider Vinegar
  • Add 1 cup of cold water
  • Add 1/2 cup of fine Sugar
  • Stir frequently and let heat for about an hour while gradually lowering the heat to a simmer (if the liquid starts to dry add small amounts of Water.
  • When it tastes right, pour into shallow container and let sit in refrigerator until it thickens.
  • Strain through mesh and keep in sealed bottle for use.

Re-visit or Have a Fresh Listen to Trieste

04 – To The Ground by yowza


I just came across my old Soundcloud account I forgot about and stumbled across recordings from a band I was in called Trieste with Preston Hillman and Benny Phanichkul. I played bass and sang (like Sting in the Police!) but hadn’t discovered how to really sing yet, but I really like the musical arrangement of this track. It has the first inklings of Preston’s Yamaha analogue monophonic synthesizer and vocal loopings that would eventually lead into Tumble Dry.


Holla day

1.5 oz Casadores Reposado
.75 oz Cynar
.25 oz Muscovado Syrup
.25 oz Lemon

Been really into Cynar apparently. This was an attempt to make a warmer flavored more accessible cocktail. It’s reminiscent of the brown derby #2, with a more caramel and agave tone.




Today I re-stumbled accross Oval , fascinating abstract contemporary electronic music.

But instead, while searching for his website, came across another Markus Popp. who happened to collect some images of Cassette Tapes. They are beautiful iterations of one object which took me back to the early 90′s, playing tapes like Fine Young Cannibals and Ace of Base.

What was once a tool to propagate sound, is now a fascinating relic.


Commissioned Painting of Freddie Mercury

I just finished this painting and I’m really happy with it. It was commisioned by my friend Aleksandra for her mother’s birthday. The subject matter is dear to me as Freddie has perhaps the most incredible voice to have been recorded. It’s actually the second time I’ve painted him as well. In 2009 I painted this:

BTW!! If you have an idea, or a portrait you’d like to commission contact me and lets set it up!


Choke Artist

I went into Olivers Twist today and had a great cocktail, i asked for something bitter and spicy.

The spice of the tequila brought out all of the interesting warm spices in the cynar, while the sherry kept it dry, bright, and nutty. Oh shit.

Chinaco Anejo tequila
Orange bitters rinse


Rum Cocktail

I accidentally lost all my old blog posts for the last 3 years, oh well. Fresh start, here we go:

Rum, punt e mes, lime bitters, maraschino

Made that a while ago for Patty K.

Also last sunday ha a crepe brunch party with some friends in order to eat the delicious red caviar we got in russia: