Behind the Bar: Cocktails and Questions with Annabelle

We like Tequila, a fact not lost on anyone as it sits within our name. Why? Not only do we participate in the industry that we work so hard to support, but also because we love a well crafted cocktail and a seat at the bar.

We are based in Richmond, VA- a city rich in food and cocktails and career bartenders and we want to share the part of our community and culture with our followers And so this week we will begin our series “Behind the Bar” and share a cocktail recipe of the week and quick questionnaire with a local bartender.

Stop in to support them at their place of business, try the cocktails at home and tag us on Instagram with your #tandcocktail #balancedandbadass hashtags. Learn a little bit more about our local watering holes and the people who make them thrive.

Today, we start our series with the lovely Annabelle. She’s not just stunning, she is a talented bartender and a wonderful friend.


We asked her a few questions, adapted from James Lipton’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” to share a little insight into what makes her tick:

  1. What is your favorite word?

    My favorite word would most likely have to be ravel, I know it’s an odd one but whenever I read a book and the author uses raveled it really brings to life what the character was feeling. Or at least to me.

  2. What is your least favorite word?

    Least favorite word would have to be moist and panties. You just sound like a creepy man behind a computer. Gross.

  3. If you had a super power what would it be?

    If I could have a super power it would have to be to fly, as cliché as it is I want nothing more than to be able to get up one morning and go to an island for a day. Escape whenever I need to.

  4. What is your favorite cocktail?

    I love anything with Mezcal or gin! So a Mezcal old fashioned, or an aviation.

  5. What is your favorite beer?

    If I’m going to drink beer for a while then a lager, or maybe a sour. The Anderson Valley Blood Orange is definitely high on my list.

  6. What is your favorite curse word?

    Fuck…. and damnit.

  7. What sound or noise do you love?

    I don’t think I have a favorite sound. I like listening to rain and the waves crash, I’ll pass right out!

  8. What sound or noise do you hate?

    Least favorite, anything too loud honestly.

  9. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

    Most likely open up my own restaurant.

  10. What is your favorite quote?

    My favorite quote was my second tattoo, “if only our tongues were made out of glass, how much more careful would we be when we spoke?” think before you speak and treat others the way you want to be treated.


Mezcal Old Fashioned with a Kick

  • 1.25 oz count Mezcal Banhez Joven

  • .25 oz count agave

  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • Muddle jalapeño and add the zest of an orange peel

  • Stir and pour over fresh Ice 

You can find Annabelle slinging drinks 5 days a week at local spots, Monday, Thursday and Friday at En Su Boca (ask her to tell you why they’re called Porn tacos) and Saturday and Sunday at Bingo Beer Co.

Thanks for joining us for our first bartender feature and definitely support your local eateries and bar staff.

P.S. For those who want to know:


  • to disentangle or unravel the threads or fibers of (a woven or knitted fabric, rope, etc.).

  • to tangle or entangle.

  • to involve; confuse; perplex.