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Every brand has a story, let me tell yours! I am a Mixologist with over ten years of experience at my craft. I have an interest in creating brand new memories with my guests through creative tastings. I have competed as a bartender for the last couple of years, and have enjoyed putting together new libations for my guests. I was listed as one of Diageo World Class's top 100 bartenders in the United States in 2019, won first place in the Bacardi Maestro competition in South Carolina, and placed second in a Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year competition (Charlotte, North Carolina edition). Bacardi asked me to judge another competition, and then later invited me to travel to Puerto Rico, to learn about their company. Through my USBG membership, I was honored to be invited to Mexico by the Patron Tequila Company, to learn about how their tequila is produced, and how they are making a difference in environmental practices. I was then later invited by the Casa Noble Tequila Company to travel to their location in Mexico to learn about their practices in manufacturing and sustainability in drink making. All were eye opening experiences that I will never forget, and often reference when talking to my guests at my restaurant.
I am hoping to find myself in the future doing more work within the spirits industry, and am willing to travel and try new things! I love sharing my experiences with others through visual storytelling, and have a unique opportunity to highlight your brands both online, and at my bar!
Got to meet Wesley Henderson the Co-Founder of Angel's Envy Whiskey a few days ago while he was visiting Columbia. Really love Angel's Envy, and if you haven't tried it, what are you waiting for? The Bourbon is finished off in Port Wine Barrels, while the Rye is finished in Rum Barrels. That extra finish to both of these whiskies adds immensely to their flavor profiles, and sets them off as truly unique products. Thanks for coming to SC Wes! #bourbon #rye #angelsenvy #minibottle #amyshakesandstirs #womenwhodrinkwhiskey #lovemyjob
Look what came in the mail today... My CRT Diploma! If you're not familiar with the CRT, it is the El Consejo Regulador Del Tequila. They help ensure that all of the many regulations for tequila are being followed both in Mexico and abroad. The @patron spirits company invited me to attend this two day course back in August where I got to further my knowledge in tequila history, regulations, and production. Thanks for knowledge! • • • #tequila #amyshakesandstirs #CRT #patrontequila #spiritsprofessional #bartender #womenbehindthebar #lovemyjob❤️ #neverstoplearning #idrinkforaliving #dranks
Been a busy couple weeks at work, so just getting around to looking at my messages and found these pics @kbfrinks sent of me making Blackberry Ginger Smash's from the Johnnie Walker event. Man these were good. Kinda wished I had some berries at the house now that I am looking at it, too late for a run to Publix though, lol. • • • #Johnniewalker #amyshakesandstirs #scotchcocktail #dranks #bartender #blackberry #scotch #womenbartender #hallscolumbia #longpour
"The Long Distance Relationship" For my entry I chose to create a cocktail that would appeal to the bourbon drinker to bridge the gap between whiskey and cognac. I love taking classic cocktails and playing with other spirits to see if I come up with fun new combos. It is a spirit forward libation, with a touch of sweetness, and a hint of spicy on the back end. If you enjoy Manhattan's and Old Fashion cocktails, this one will be a fun one to throw into your rotation. @cognacusa @speed_rack @vinepair 2 oz Remy Martin VSOP 1 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth 1/4 Bigallet China China 1/3 ginger simple syrup A few drops of Hellfire bitters (spicy habanero, can be omitted if you're a wimp! Lol) Combine all over ice, stir until well chilled, strain into a coupe glass. Give it a nice fat zest of orange expressed over the top and drop in glass. Enjoy! • • • #CognacConnection #remymartinvsop #amyshakesandstirs #cognac #cocktailsathome #cocktailsofinstagram #mixology #bartendersofinstagram #spiritforward #ginger #ilovemyjob
"Sakura's Pit Stop" is ready for the Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack Sour Competition! This was so much fun to work on, and I cannot wait to share this drink with you! 1.5 oz Gentleman Jack .5 oz Bigallet China-China 1 oz Ginger Spiced Cherry Syrup 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 2.5 oz Aquaba foam (I pre foam this to save time) 1 dash Bittermens Hellfire Bitters Shake all ingredients, and serve in coupe with brandied cherries. CHEERS! • • • #amyshakesandstirs #Gentlemanjackwhiskey #Gentlemanjacksour2020 #Jackdaniels_us #whiskeysour #ilovemyjob #cocktailsathome #cocktailsofinstagram #bigalletchinachina #bittermens #dranks
Challenge accepted! @lanajoy1228 There have been a number of women in my life that pushed me to be the best version of me, and I want to say thank you! I have struggled with feeling like I wasn't this or that which society places value on, but in the end, it is having faith in what you can do, going for it, and supporting each other to succeed! #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #blackandwhite #amyshakesandstirs #jimador #travelmexico #womenbartenders #tequila #agave #womeninliquor
It's almost 5:00, and I am ready to celebrate National Scotch Day with Bruichladdich! While I am normally a purist with my Scotch, and drink it neat, the heat index is above 100 here in SC, so highball it is! Here is my recipe: •1.5-2 oz of Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated •Orange and Grapefruit wedges •Rosemary sprig •Topped with Fever Tree Spiced Orange Ginger Ale Learned a fun fact today about them, if you visit their site https://www.bruichladdich.com/philosophy/age-of-transparency/#enter-your-code, you can enter your bottles unique code and find out the exact recipe and barreling for your bottle! It is kinda cool to know the history of your bottle. • • @Bruichladdich #nationalscotchday #bruichladdich #fevertree #amyshakesandstirs #highball #portcharlottewhisky #scotch #bartender #drinksofinstagram #cocktailsofinstagram
It's National Tequila Day! Thinking about my friends over at Casa Noble Tequila, and thought I would share some of my pics from my trip they sponsored last year to visit their distillery in Mexico. It was so much fun getting to travel and see first hand how tequila is actually produced from harvest, to bottling, as well as their processes in sustainability. While there I got to sample tequila straight off the still, and got to try various barrel expressions. The last pic with me standing in front of all those bottles is actually a sample from every bottling they have done, like their own museum or library. They let me come up with my own expression of their spirit working with their expert distiller, and take home my own bottle. That was probably my favorite part of visiting the distillery. It made it interactive, and I got a souvenir that I helped create! ♡ @casanobletequila • • • #casanobletequila #constellationbrands #tequila #agave #amyshakesandstirs #ilovemyjob #travelmexico #drinks #iwanttogoback #nationaltequiladay
Having lots of fun playing with my juicer at home, and came up with this cocktail for Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum to help recover some hydration lost from my workout. @mountgayrumus "Lost my Rind" •1.5 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum •4 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice •3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice •1/2 oz Ginger Syrup •Pinch of salt •2 dashes of Hellfire bitters (optional if you like spicy) •Club Soda Combine first six ingredients in shaker, shake with ice, pour into a snifter filled with ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with a watermelon wedge. • • • #MountGayRum #MountGayMoments #amyshakesandstirs #cocktailsofinstagram #cocktailsathome #bartender #cocktail #drinkrecipes #juicer #Rumcocktail #Watermelon
Cheers! It's National Martini Day! 🍸 I always ask my guests how they like theirs, because everyone gets to be right when it comes to their Martini! I prefer mine a bit on the wet side, with a lemon twist. How do you take your Martini? Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into chilled Martini glass, and Express lemon zest over top. Enjoy! 3oz Botanist Gin 1.5oz Dolin Dry Vermouth 2 dashes Orange Bitters • • • @thebotanistgin #thebotanistgin #nationalmartiniday #thebotanistgin #martini #lemontwist #oreganoblossoms #amyshakesandstirs #vermouthdolin #hallscolumbia
Hope y'all enjoy my creative take on a Margarita! ♡ Strawberry Basil Gingerita: 1 oz Cointreau 2oz Tequila 1oz Fresh Lime Juice 1/3oz Agave Ginger Beer Strawberry Basil Muddle Strawberry and Basil (I Used Thai Basil from my garden) Combine and Shake all ingredients except the ginger beer, with ice, and strain into a chilled coupe with a sugar rim. Top with a healthy splash of ginger beer. @cointreauchallenge #cointreau_us and #cointreauchallenge #amyshakesandstirs #margarita #happyhour
Had so much fun with my cocktail kit and Cinco de Mayo virtual bar crawl courtesy of the peeps at Remy Cointreau! I made this one for my husband who has a sweet tooth, but thinks he doesn't like to drink margaritas. Strawberry Basil Gingerita: 1oz Cointreau 2oz Lunazul 1 oz lime Muddled strawberry and basil (I used both Thai and purple because I am growing both) Squirt of agave Shake vigorously and dbl strain into frozen coupe with a sugar rim. Top with Fevertree Gingerbeer ENJOY! • • • @Cointreau_us #Cointreauchallenge @collectif1806 #cointreau #originalmargarita #cincobarcrawl #margarita #amyshakesandstirs #Cointreau_us
Fat Charlie in Guadalajara was so much fun! It is a speakeasy with awesome local bartenders. I wished I had taken more pics with these guys, but my phone ran out of battery. Whoever has all the pics of us behind the bar, send them my way! Went with the Casa Noble trip crew after the hotel bar shut down on us, and they did not disappoint! If you ask the bartender what you can only get while visiting their bar, the scorpion comes out! Btw, it was nasty! Lol! • • • #whoisfatcharlie #speakeasy #wheninmexico #tequila #scorpion #sothishappened