The Ritz-Carlton's Monica Schepis Couldn't Stand Her "Big Girl" Job -- Bartending Is Her True Calling
Laid-back, attentive, friendly.
A girl walks into a bar and orders a _____. She has just earned your undying admiration.
Scotch. I admire a female Scotch drinker. Especially if she picks something really good, like a nice Johnnie Walker Blue.
What is one thing that most people don't realize about crafting cocktails or bartending?
I think a lot of people don't realize how much work goes into everything we do. There are so many ingredients and so many cocktails out there. Some people might think that you're a bartender or server because you're not as smart as somebody else, but really it takes amazing intelligence to be able to remember all these drinks and have them out as fast as you do.
Who would you most like to have a drink with? And why?
I am a huge Grateful Dead fan, so if I could pick anybody, I would pick Jerry Garcia. I would love to just pick his brain about what some of the songs mean that I've loved for so many years.
What is the most bizarre or worst drink someone has ordered from you?
The worst thing for me is when someone takes something really good and then puts a bunch of garbage in it. Like a nice Grand Marnier neat, and then I have to top it with orange juice. Stuff like that just kills me.
What's your favorite ingredient to use in cocktails?
Right now, I'm a big fan of bitters and cucumbers. I love cucumbers, especially since we're coming up on the summertime. I think they give cocktails a great flavor. They're also great for infusing vodka. And then I love the aromatic bitters and how they enliven your senses to the smell of a cocktail. They just make a cocktail taste better.
What's your favorite drink?
I'm boring. I'm a wino. I like a nice cabernet. Or in the summer, I like a Kendall-Jackson chardonnay. I know it's boring, but it's kind of like the lawyer who doesn't want to come home and practice law. I don't want to go home and make cocktails. It's easy to pop a cork and have a glass of wine.
Gooey Butter Cake Martini
1.5 oz Three Olive Cake Vodka
.5 oz Amaretto
.5 oz Frangelico
.5 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
.5 oz Buttershots
Mix all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold and blended. Rim a martini glass with lemon juice, then dip in powdered sugar. Strain contents of shaker into martini glass and serve.