Who is Chad Doll?

     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…



Enjoy the blog everyone!  Thanks for stopping by…

Chad Doll…bartender.

Published on April 27, 2010 at 3:38 am  Comments (21)  

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  1. Most excellent Chad look forward to more posts from behind the stick. Cheers! Brant

  2. Proud of you, my man! I like the blog and find it interesting and a great outlet for your creativity. But you should probably get and editor. Word?

    • Thank you Evan…I agree with you about the editor part…do you know anyone that will work for hugs?

  3. awesome. simply awesome.

    • Thank you Tom! I knew you would like that one…enjoy buddy.

  4. You, sir, are a credit to your profession and your cocktails are always special and amazing!

  5. Great work Chad … really good stuff and one has to wonder about what is going on in your brain at any given time … hummmm …. I’m thinking girls and drinks!

  6. […] Hendrick’s gin immediately came to mind as a base spirit.  Then I borrowed a page from Chad Doll’s playbook and used my citrus juicer on an unsuspecting cucumber to get its juice.  After several […]

  7. Chad, you’re amazing.

  8. […] is an all around good guy and from the looks of his bio, a respectable papa as […]

  9. This is pretty great. Congrats on everything.

  10. Wonderful stuff to have here in town – and I’m so glad it’s in more than one location (props to Cassie, our new favorite bartender although we don’t get in to see her as often as we should).

    One question – where do you recommend a home bartender get some of the specialized liguors? Woodman’s has been pretty good so far, but are there other good locations as well?

    • Ray’s in Wauwatosa has such a great selection of spirits. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they will always try their best to get it in. Thank you for the comment! Feel free to post anytime with questions or ideas.

  11. hey chad,
    just read another article about you in SF Chronicle. way to go. i wanted to see if you had tried our small’s american dry gin or ransom old tom? left bank is distributing our wines and spirits and if you haven’t seen either of these gins i’d be delighted to send you a care package. i’m building a network of passionate bartenders around the country and this last article on you prompted me to get in touch.
    enjoy the nice fall weather.

  12. Chad
    Just from reading your first post I can tell you are way beyond being an “apprentice” at TOC. TOC is filled with writers and historians not bartenders. Don’t know if I will ever make it to Milwaukee but if I do I’ll order my Negroni with a fist bump. Hopefully you know Dale and get the chance to meet Tony and some of the real bartenders, they are great people.


    • Hey Paul!
      Thank you so much for taking the time out and commenting. I had the pleasure of meeting both Dale and Tony, and they are amazing people. If you ever find yourself in Milwaukee, you will have a Negroni and fist bump waiting for you.

  13. Hi Chad,

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller for Four Roses Bourbon, will be in Milwaukee in a week or so.

    Would you be interested in meeting with him?


  14. glad to read about your passions.
    i wish you all the best.
    nice seeing you, as always..
    much love,

  15. Chad,
    I’m really enjoying reading about your profession. Although I’m not a big drinker, I can appreciate your mastery of mixing and I’d like to try out some of these recipes in order to experience the flavors. This may sound weird, but could any of your mixes translate into ice cream flavors?


    • Hey Adam,
      Thanks for the compliment. I don’t think that your question sounds weird at all. I have been making a lot of house whipped creams lately for winter cocktails. I have been using a lot of salts and spices (cardamom is amazing). Let me know if you have any specific questions regarding it. Would love to hear about further success in regards as well.

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