One Night Only: A NYC Bartender Swaps the Hudson for the Bay | Partner Tip
Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Did you miss the latest round of Bar Shift? The jetsetting Liquor.com program, sponsored by BACARDÍ® USA Inc, sends one professional bartender to a faraway city to work a shift at a top drinking destination.
On Monday, May 11, Pamela Wiznitzer of Manhattan’s newly opened Seamstress took a shift slinging signature St-Germain cocktails at San Francisco’s Rye, hosted by bartender Vincent Toscano. Wiznitzer is one of NYC’s top bartending talents, having earned countless honors from her peers. Those awards include first place in the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 “Star of the Bar” competition and being named the Village Voice’s 2014 Bartender of the Year.
Impressed yet? Wiznitzer also serves as the president of the New York chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild and is working towards a master’s degree in Food Studies with a concentration on spirits and alcohol. Clearly, Wiznitzer knows her stuff. But beyond her extensive accolades, you’ll find that she’s also a shining example of the ideal bartender: talented, creative and above all, genuinely friendly behind the bar.
Greeting each patron and fellow bartender with her signature grin, Wiznitzer made the most of her Bar Shift by serving drinks influenced by her travels and St-Germain elderflower liqueur. Her NYC: C. Vidal cocktail was an homage to international St-Germain ambassador Camille Vidal, who Wiznitzer considers a great bartender, friend and inspiration to women in the industry. A balanced glass of St-Germain, vanilla syrup, madeira, amaro, pineapple juice and tiki bitters, the cocktail is a worthy tribute. You can find the NYC: C. Vidal on the menu at Wiznitzer’s Seamstress.
The most popular cocktail of the night? Wiznitzer’s bubbly New Orleans: #RAD, inspired by her favorite moment during the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention. Following the last Tales event on Sunday night, the industry takes over a local bar and breaks out the sparkling rosé to the chant of “rosé all day.” Wiznitzer captured the energy of this moment with her specialty cocktail, made with cognac, St-Germain, strawberry puree and absinthe and topped with a float of sparkling rosé. The final touch? A mini rubber duckie to reflect the joy of that ritual in the midst of NOLA’s summertime heat.
If you missed this west coast round, don’t fret. Liquor.com’s Bar Shift program sponsored by BACARDÍ® USA Inc is far from over. Look out for more Bar Shifts happening later this year in major cities around the country. You’ll get to watch as a top-level bartender takes on the shift of a lifetime that will forever influence his or her craft behind the bar. Even better? You get to drink the results.