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Bartenders' Sweet Sixteen
Frank Caiafa  
Director, Handle Bars NYC/Global Hospitality; Author, The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book (Penguin)     
The Bartenders' Sweet Sixteen is a questionnaire comprised of questions asked by Marcel Proust, Bernard Pivot, and James Lipton, with a few curve-balls thrown in by gaz regan
Jigger or Free-Pour?
It's gotten to the point that I jigger everything, even at home. My best advice for enthusiasts.
What's your favorite swear word?
What's the one thing a guest can say or do at your bar that will really piss you off?
I've got plenty, but "Top me off and I'll take the check", is right up there.
What other profession would you like to attempt?
Big finance guy, with a heart .  
What profession would you not like to do?
Big finance guy, with a heart.
What is your most distinguishing characteristic?
I'm pretty good around dinnertime and a turntable.
Where would you like to live?
In a place where everyone realizes that we are all here for a good time, but not a long time. Where everyone has finally moved on from inherent racism, sexism and small mindedness to a place of openness and inclusion...a land of chocolate fountains and wax harmonicas
Dry Shake or Reverse Dry Shake?
After thousands of exercises on this matter, simply adjust for attendance. If early, put on the show, if busy, just shake it a bit harder and longer
Who are your favorite fictional heroes and/or heroines?
Jean Valjean, Rick Blaine, William Munny
Who are your real-life heroes and/or heroines (living or dead)?
My mother, my wife and Tom Seaver (he was a great pitcher AND makes great wine!)
Who is your favourite painter?
(today) Julie Mehretu, Katie Herzog, Alex Kanevsky, Bill Braun, Robert Joyner
Who is your favourite singer or group?
(today) Iris Ornig, Neko Case, Courtney Barnett, R.L. Burnside, Thelonious Monk, The Jam 
What quality do you most admire in a man?
Confidence/Self-Awareness. Humor. Empathy.
What quality do you most admire in a woman?
The same qualities that I admire in a man.
If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be?
Great White Shark (I'm too used to being at the top of the food chain).
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
"Heeeeyyyyy, you're 'All-Access'...come right in! Drinks are on me and your friends are at the bar."

Cocktails in the Country, 2019


 That's right, in 2019 we're opening up Cocktails in the Country to every bartender in America when we unleash our CitC/101BNC Initiative

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