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Big Fred and the Dude
"'Bartender,' the dude said to Fred, 'mix me a Manhattan cocktail.' He couldn't have done worse. In that time and place a man who would drink a cocktail was considered on a par with a cigaret smoker, which was to say, a degenerate.
Big Fred didn't bat an eye. 'What kind did you say?' he inquired politely.
'Manhattan,' said the dude.
Big Fred went to work. He bit off a chew of the plug he liked and reached for a bottle. Putting one of the Humboldt's generous beer mugs on the bar, he poured a good shot of whiskey into it. To this he added a slug of gin, another of rum, a dash of real brandy, of bitters, of aqua vit', and then filled the remainder of the mug with beer. Placing this dose in front of the dude, accommodating Fred stirred it slowly with a huge forefinger.
'There, mister,' he said obligingly, 'is your Manhattan cocktail.' "
Little Annie Oakley & Other Rugged People, Stewart H. Holbrook, 1948. ["Big Fred" Hewlett was reportedly the owner of The Humboldt Saloon, Aberdeen, WA., circa 1900.]

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Cocktails in the Country, 2017

In 2017 I'll be holding Ten 2-Day Master Classes, with room for Ten Bartenders in Each Class
If you'd like to fill out an application, please write to
To Qualify

You must legally work in the USA
You must have worked for at least three years in the hospitality industry
All decisions on qualifications will be completely arbitrary, and final
The Retreat starts in Manhattan on Monday mornings.
You'll be returned to Manhattan on Tuesday in the early evening.
The Retreat takes place at Painter's, in Cornwall on Hudson, NY.
We have seven rooms, and there's room for 10 students in each class, so you might want to apply with a friend, or be prepared to share your room.
Price for students is $250
Transportation from and to Manhattan Included
Most Meals and Refreshments Included

Overnight Accommodation Included

March 13/14
March 20/21
March 27/28
April 3/4
April 24/25
May 1/2
May 22/23
June 5/6
June 12/13
June 26/27

Itinerary below is subject to change at a moment's notice.

11:00 am:
Pick-up in Manhattan in a Luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
1 pm:
Arrive at Painters, check in, settle down, get to know each other
2- 5 pm:
The Mindful Bartender
This will be an expanded session of gaz's Mindful Bartender Workshop
Topics will include:
Preparation for a Shift Behind the Stick
Tapping into Intuition
The Rewards of Mindful Communication
Effective BarSpeak
Dealing with Anger
Changing your Reality
Changing the World
5 - 7 pm
Break for food and refreshments
7 pm
Set up the bar
8 - 11 pm: Organized Chaos
Each bartender will be assigned a specific base spirit with which to create new cocktails, and everyone will take a turn behind the bar making drinks for us all to sample.
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at Painter's or walk (less than 3 minutes) to The Hudson Street Cafe, or Two Alices, for something more substantial.
10 am - 10: 30 am: How to Write a Cocktail Recipe
There isn't just one correct way to write a recipe, but there are definitely hundreds of wrong ways to do it.  gaz will guide you through the  process of how to write a recipe that's easy to understand, and will look good to judges if you enter it for a competition.
gaz will also discuss his belief that, when it comes to recipes, Nothing is Written in Stone.  And he'll explain why.
10:30 am - 11: 15 am: The Secrets of Success
Tips and Guidance on how to get to the top, how to stay there, and how to remain true to yourself, and to the universe
11:15 am - Noon: Mindful Mixology 
A discussion on recipes, and methods of creating new drinks by using product knowledge and bartender intuition.
Noon - 2 pm: Lunch
2 - 5 pm: Organized Chaos
A second round of cocktail creation.  Each bartender will be given a specific base ingredient with which to create a new cocktail which will be sampled and discussed by all and sundry.
5 pm:
Luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter back to Manhattan
Shortly after completing the workshop students will be asked to submit an essay on how they have applied Mindfulness in the workplace,.
Students who pass the exam will receive certificates that qualify them as a Master of Service.
If you'd like to fill out an application, please write to

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