A nickel’s worth of free advice

The 2016 competition season is in full swing. I can just about feel the breeze from hundreds of tummy butterflies as bartenders from here to … well, everywhere, get their game faces on. Hopefully you’ve got a good and trustworthy coach to guide you through the challenges to come, but they’re not easy to find. Ask a dozen grizzled old bartenders for their best piece of advice on winning bartending competitions and in all likelihood you’ll get twelve different bright ideas: develop a strong thesis, balance your acid with your sugar, don’t forget to laser beam your wash line, bring your own ice, no spilling, double shake, reverse dry shake, speak up doublestir CLEANUPYOURMESSSTANDUPSTRAIGHTCOMBYOURHAIR!

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