First things first…My name is Chad Doll, I am a bartender in Milwaukee Wisconsin, a horrible writer and equally as bad with spelling as-well as grammar(Spell check suggested I place the hyphen between ”as-well”, not sure if thats right, but I am going with it). All I ask is to please bear with me through my English 101 fumbles.
I would not feel right writing anything personal about myself without mentioning that I am the proudest father on the planet. Her name is Chloe and she is the most beautiful and important part of my life. She is 2 and a half years old at the moment and still has the chubbiest little thighs that I want to chew up every time I see them. She is kind, gentle, loving, brilliant, beautiful, goofy and charming. She reminds me on a daily basis how beautiful our lives can be…She likes bugs and chocolate.
As mentioned above, I am a bartender…not ”bar-chef,” not ”chef,” not ”mixologist,” not ”stir-mix-a lot”…just bartender, please and thank you. I take all aspects of my job very seriously and mixing or creating cocktails would fall third in the list of my job priorities…behind service and maintaining a comfortable environment for the patrons. I will not laugh or make you feel like an idiot if you want a apple or chocolate martini(anything ”tini” for that matter), flavored vodka and sprite, a fist bump delivered with your Jager Bomb, muddled fruit and 7-up in your old fashioned(Chad: Did you say you wanted that with Korbel Brandy sir? Patron: Yes please, and could you top it off with sour soda this time? Chad: No problem, it will be right up). You see how that works? This gentleman didnt have to sit through a history lesson and be degraded to get what he has been drinking since I was still on a steady diet of breast milk. I understand your passion guys and gals behind the bar…I understand wanting to talk cocktails, but Im tired of craft bartenders acting like magicians at kindergarden birthday parties. Wow! This is turning into quite the rant…ok, lets all settle down and move on.
I am starting this blog for a few reasons. First one being, to get my professional life a little more organized. My place, mostly my bedroom and bathroom, tend to get covered with little pieces of paper with cocktail ideas on them, which becomes problematic at best when you find yourself out of toilet paper. Secondly, I really like the idea of throwing my recipes out there in hopes that someone will give feedback or suggestions on how it could be better. I am more than open to constructive criticism…dont hold back, Im not that sensitive.
And now I will let my ego step in and say a few words.
I have had the amazing opportunity of working at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge for the past two years. It is Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge and has been using fresh juices and high end spirits since 1938. Yep, I said it…1938! How many years was that before Dale Degroff started at the Rainbow Room? A lot. Sorry Dale, just razzing ya a bit.
I have had the great honor of being published by Imbibe magazine, various websites and an assortment of Milwaukee magazines and newspapers.
My ”Strange Weather” cocktail just won the national Drambuie competition. I have also won a number of regional competitions for various spirit companies over the years.
I was recently selected as 1 of the 44 cocktail apprentices at Tales of the Cocktail 2010.
”I,””I,””I,””I,””I,””I,””I,””me,””me,””me,””me,””me,””me,””me.” I know, give it a break Chad!
A couple sites I want to share…
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