Baileys' Chocolate Bar's Laura Therina: Featured Bartender of the Week
[Therina was bashful on this question, but we would describe her style as "friendly and efficient"]
A girl walks into a bar and orders a _____, she has just earned your undying admiration.
A cold signature martini.
Other than your own place, where do you go to get a good drink? And what do you get?
I go to Taste in the Central End and get an "Abduction." It's got a mascarpone cheese, duck fat infused Grand Mariner, some lemon twists and black pepper. It is awesome.
What is one thing that most people don't realize about crafting cocktails or bartending?
I don't think they realize it's a huge thought process and it's not just about what we want to do, ourselves, it's about what other people would like. So, here, people come in here for chocolate martinis, and we try to think of fun stuff that people would enjoy.
Who would you most like to have a drink with? And why?
I would like to have a drink with Al Pacino, because he is The Godfather.
What is the most bizarre or worst drink someone has ordered from you?
I'm sure it's some stupid shot.
What is the coolest or weirdest thing you've witnessed while working at Bailey's Chocolate Bar?
Well, we get a lot of bachelorette parties. So, I see a lot of sashes, a lot of crowns and tiaras. Recently, we had a hat party and it was twenty people in huge hats. So that was different and cool. And they were fancy hats. One guy dressed up Jim Carrey's character in Dumb and Dumber, in a light blue suit and hat. And he kind of looked like Jim Carrey anyway, so it totally worked!
Mexican Chocolate Martini
The Mexican Chocolate Martini is an 8-ounce drink made with equal parts:
-Home-made chocolate vodka (made downtown at Baileys' sister establishment, Baileys' Range)
-Dark chocolate liqueur
-El Set silver tequila
-Spices on the rim of the glass