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Behind the Bar: Cocktails and Questions with Alexa

Welcome back to our Behind the Bar Series, where we feature a local bartender of the week and a cocktail of the week for our followers. Why a Bartender and drink when this is supposed to be a fitness site? Well- because we believe in balance. And we are members of the thriving food and beverage scene in RVA. I, myself, am a bartender and train mostly restaurant staff currently. They are the backbone of a city, they know all the secrets. all the news, and are there to make your day better.

We took a few weeks off because of bartender Superbowl (aka St. Patrick’s Day) and lots of competition sports and vacation. All things that make it difficult to pop in and chat, because your local bartender is struggling with a crowd three deep and the last thing they want to talk about is a cocktail.

But we return, triumphantly, today with our friend Alexa. She’s a California transplant whose been making a name for herself for a while now. Currently heading up the bar program at Secco Wine Bar, she’s also lending her talents to Eat Restaurant Partner’s newest venture, Fatty Smokes coming April 20th.

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She’s also a close friend, a wonderful human, and one of the single most intimidating whiskey drinkers I know. I’ve seen a bottle of Jameson shake before her, I swear it.

I stopped in to see her at Secco the other night, to find out how training and working doubles for the last week has been going, discuss her love for baseball, and get her answers to our ten questions for our “Behind the Bar” series, adapted from James Lipton. She never fails to rise to the occasion, so her answers are below:

  1. What is your favorite word?

    Antidisestablishmentarianism

  2. What is your least favorite word?

    Croissant

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

     X -Ray Vision

  4. What is your favorite cocktail?

    Dirty Shirley (judge me…) But I’ll shoot whiskey all day.

  5. What is your favorite beer?

    21st Amendment- Hell or High Watermelon

  6. What is your favorite curse word?

    Ugh all of them. Fuck/shit are most used but.. twatwaffle…

  7. What sound or noise do you love?

    The pop of a wine bottle

  8. What sound or noise do you hate?

    The noise the credit card machine makes when it tells you to remove your card.

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

    Museum curator. (It’s why I moved to Richmond)

  10. What is your favorite quote?

    “It’s all sunshine, nothing but sunshine”- atmosphere. Because through the clouds there’s nothing but sunshine. 

Alexa created a delicious cocktail of the week for us using mezcal and whiskey, two of her favorite things.

“The El Camino”

  • 1 oz.  mezcal

  • 1 oz. rye whiskey

  • ½ oz. Bénédictine

  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

    Stir over ice and strain into glass with a large cube, garnish with orange peel.

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Stop in to see Alexa on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights at Secco and find her slinging drinks at Fatty Smokes when they open.

Let us know if you try the cocktail of the day by tagging us on Instagram and using the #tanddcocktailoftheweek hashtag.

See you next week!