Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: The Great Maltini

"Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live."


This week we have something a little different in store for Thirsty Thursdays... you get to meet the bartender and learn about a new cocktail. So lets do it.

Name: Eric Stein

Bar: The Knick

How did you get your start bartending?

A friend of mine got me a job in a club opening up in Milwaukee about 18 years ago. I lied about my experience and learned really quickly how to crank out drinks behind the bar.

Where else have you worked?

Hotel Metro in the early days, Tess and the old Holiday House.

What is your favorite thing about bartending?

I like the flexibility and my circle of regulars

What is the worst thing about bartending?

Where I work it would be making the ice cream drinks when we are busy.

What is your craziest bartending story?

I got to watch a crazed drunken naked women run down the street making an attempt to get inside for one more drink after bar close.

What is your favorite drink to make?

When I have the time I like The Great Maltini.

The Great Maltini
1/3 Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1/3 Kahlua
1/3 Bailey's Irish Cream
2 oz malt powder
Blended with ice
Finish with a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I never knew, I'll let you know when I figure it out.

Have you ever been hit on while working?

Yeah, all the time.

Ever go out with a customer?

No, I've always focused on the staff

Have you ever had to cut someone off?


How did that go?

Fairly well, I'm pretty tall and I have the ability to intimidate drunk people.

Where is your favorite place to grab a drink on your day off?

Is it lame to say my couch? I mean it's safer, there is little to no chance of getting a DUI, and I'm a bartender so I know what I'm doing. Besides my day off is Monday.

So what's going on at The Knick?

We have a rockin busy patio! Check us out on Thursdays for half off wine night or our Saturday breakfast (9am-2pm) / Sunday brunch (9am-3pm).

Thirsty Thursdays is brought to you by Eat MKE, and by The Larry Miller Drinking Society, and by YOUR BAR HERE.

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  1. Great drink, food and atmosphere. Eric is personable and takes care of all his patrons with a smile and a joke

  2. Great food and great bartender! Eric always has a great recommendation for a new drink to try!

  3. Eric is wonderful and honest!! Always look forward to seeing him!

  4. I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!
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