2013 Iron Fork Absolut Mixologists on secret weapon ingredients and drink orders they hate

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Look out, chefs! Six Twin Cities-based bartenders are locking and loading their liquor bottles, ready to battle it out for the title of "Absolut Mixologist" at this year's Iron Fork. On November 7 at International Market Square, these barkeeps will compete to create the best signature cocktail. We caught up with a few of these local drink-slingers for five questions about life on the other side of the bar.

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Samantha Alsadi
Freight House Restaurant & Nightclub

The secret weapon in my liquor mixing arsenal is: Chocolate syrup! It just does the trick.
A drink order that makes me cringe is: When someone says their mixer before their liquor. Like a coke and vodka. UGH! No, it is a vodka coke. Or when they order multiple shots, each a different one. Those have got to be my top two pet peeves behind the bar.
My rally song behind the bar is: "Scream and Shout" by Will I Am. I can't help but start dancing to that song.
When I'm off the clock, you can find me drinking at: Starbucks.
If I were a cocktail, I would be: An Adios Mother F***er. Strong, delicious, yet you have no idea what you are dealing with until it is too late.

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Josh Turgeant
Bar 508

The secret weapon in my liquor mixing arsenal is: No secret here. Just high quality ingredients and a variety of bitters.
A drink order that makes me cringe is: Shots of rail (cheap) liquor. *shudder*
My rally song behind the bar is: Sorry to say, but I generally tune out the music while I'm working.
When I'm off the clock, you can find me drinking at: Someplace quiet. I like Bradstreet and Palmer's.
If I were a cocktail, I would be: A classic gin martini. No olives.

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Natalie Coates
The Depot Tavern/First Avenue

The secret weapon in my liquor mixing arsenal is: Summertime: Strawberries, mint leaves, and limes, and the ingredient that really stands out and pulls it all together, rose water.
A drink order that makes me cringe is: An unorganized one. You're here for a good time, so help yourself by letting me help you, and back to the show you go! Easy peasy.
My rally song behind the bar is: The bands! We have so many great acts come through that usually I listen to a few songs to get me revved up about the night's band. Catchy hits are ear worms!
When I'm off the clock, you can find me drinking at: Transmission on Wednesdays. Gotta get my weekly '80s dance party on.
If I were a cocktail, I would be: Seeing that I'm a natural red head and in a committed relationship, I'd say a red headed slut. Only because when people order them I jokingly ask, "What did you just call me?!" People love that one!

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Farrah Roberts
Stella's Fish Cafe

The secret weapon in my liquor mixing arsenal is: My brain.
A drink order that makes me cringe is: When someone says, "You pick." They never like my pick.
My rally song behind the bar is: I can't think of one.
When I'm off the clock, you can find me drinking at: Anywhere Irish.
If I were a cocktail, I would be: A shot of Jameson: quick and to the point.

Also competing are Heather Garves from Liquor Lyle's, and Sean Carrigan of The Pourhouse.



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