Who | Bazil Zerinsky
Where | New Orleans, USA
Current Bar | The Catahoula
Past Bar(s) | El Libre, Bar Tonique, The Sazerac Bar, The Bookhouse Pub (Atlanta, GA), The Albuquerque Press Club (Albuquerque, NM), The DNA Lounge (San Francisco, CA)
Favourite Spirit | Currently really into Pisco, but my first love is agave.
Favourite Juice | Whatever is fresh and in season
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Ooh…that’s tough. Can we have a three way tie between a Sazerac, a corpse recover no. 2, and a Paloma?
Favourite Part of the Job | Creating ridiculous garnishes that put a smile on people’s faces.
Favourite After Work Drink | Beefeater on the rocks
Favourite at Home Drink | Herbsaint or Ouzo on the rocks
Favourite bar in the world | It’s a tie between The Clumsies in Athens, Greece and El Farolito in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Best known for | Being the first bartender to successfully make a Ramos gin fizz on an airplane.
Best story from behind the wood | So many! Most involve celebrities that I didn’t recognize…I once told Mark Whalberg he couldn’t have any beer because he came in after the bar was closed, he threw a fit and asked to speak to a manager. Same rules apply to everyone, I don’t care who you are.
What do you collect? Art from my various travels
Favourite thing about your city? There’s always an excuse to dress up in costumes and day drinking is not only accepted, it’s expected.
What was the last photo that you took? A picture of a watermelon carved into a whale shape.
Where was your last vacation? I’ve been to Mexico three times this year (Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Oaxaca), and am currently planning a trip to Ireland.
Any claims to fame? CAP alum 2015, Runamok 2014, and I was once super blurry in the background of an Anthony Bourdain episode.
Belt or suspenders? Belt I guess, though I prefer a dress.
Fernet or Cynar? Fernet
New Orleans or New York City? New Orleans, clearly.
Glass or Tin? Parisiannes! So, tin.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Absolutely!
Find her: Instagram
Media: Tales of the Cocktail: How to Run a Bar That Specializes in a Single Spirit
Chilled Magazine: MEET THE CHILLED 100 NEW ORLEANS MEMBERS
Tales of the Cocktail: Dive into Catahoula’s Incredible “Drunk Tank” Cocktail