Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Drink of Cinq: Keith Waldbauer

Le Mixeur Cinq will be held on Saturday, October 4, at 8pm. The drink menu for the event is comprised of original creations of esteemed bartenders from Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Over the next week, we will be featuring a post on each of the contributors and their drink.


Ladies and gentlemen, Keith Waldbauer IS moving at the speed of life...

See? Told you so.

Keith reigns supreme at the bar at Union, and pretty much does the same wherever else he moves his life. He is probably the only bartender I know who used to drive a cab (and there have been moments, upon departing Union late at night, when I wished he still did). He is definitely the only bartender I know to have shared a, uhhh...nice hot cup of tea and a scone with Allen Ginsburg. Ginsburg most certainly imparted much mixological wisdom to Keith. For example...

Ginsburg on sage advice for customers:

"Don't drink yourself to death."

On precision in making a cocktail:

"The measuring instrument determines the appearance of the phenomenal world (after Einstein)."

On conversation techniques with customers:

"Maximum information, minimum number of syllables."

On the nature and essence of bartenders:

"We are observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject, Person."

(All quotes taken from Ginsburg's poem, "Cosmopolitan Greetings," named after his favorite cocktail).

The Aristocrat Swizzle

1 ¾ oz gin
¾ oz lime
10 mint leaves
dash simple syrup
barspoon Chartreuse

muddle mint and syrup
add gin, lime
shake, strain into collins glass
top with crushed ice, stir
float Chartreuse


Please, do not even ask us why this drink is called The Aristocrat Swizzle...and don't click on that hyperlink either! I'm serious!

Keith, Vous êtes le lauréat de poète de la génération de cocktail! Merci pour la belle boisson!


Blair, aka Trader Tiki said...

Can I just say?

Crap crap crap... unfortunately, I'm going to be working on Oct. 4th.

Vive Le Mixuer Cinq!

Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

I had the pleasure of sipping one of these fine cocktails last night. Delicious! (Hard to go wrong with gin and chartreuse together, in my book.)

T. Mixeur said...

Your presence was sorely missed, Blair. But had you been there, we probably would have put you to work.

Anita, great seeing you. And it must be impossible to go wrong with gin and chartreuse. If it were possible, the Munat Bros, would have done it!