|Tony balancing a liquor bottle ....|
Barman Anthony White’s hobby-turned-career in “flair bartending” (a combination of mixology and flairing or, for those hearing this lingo for the first time, it is extreme bar tending with a show) started at a very young age of 18 years when, inspired by the bar tenders juggling in T.G.I.F., he also found out he had the skill and the ability to juggle, balance, distract, and entertain from behind a bar counter.
|.... then flipping it|
Loving the Philippines’ tropical weather, fantastic food and friendly people, Anthony decided to live in the country, further mastering the art by working at Hey Jude! in Boracay for many years. He is now making a name for himself in Manila, working in “Red Rabbit” a speakeasy inside Bugsy’s in Salcedo Village in Makati City. The much sought-after and talented Anthony also freelances for events.
|A daquiri prepared by Tony|
In 1988, flairtending was also prominently featured in the Tom Cruise film Cocktail.
During the session, Anthony entertained us with his showmanship, twirling, throwing and catching bar tools (cocktail shakers, etc.) and liquor bottles in tricky, dazzling ways, in between making cocktails, using skills commonly associated with jugglers.
|The 10 entries|
Later, it was the turn of 10 student participants to try out mixology as they prepared their own signature cocktails using the ingredients at hand (Bacardi rum, lemons, melons, ginger, etc.).
Of the 10 entries, 3 of the cocktails were to be selected by a panel of judges (Anthony, Melissa, Kris and J.R.) as the winners. Winners were awarded with a bottle of Bacardi flavored rum and a stainless steel Bacardi ice crusher.
Anthony White: mobile number: (0997)778-7371. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: Flairology.ph.