Bar Basics – How to do a Backhand Pour

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Flair bartender Moe Harris demonstrates how to do a backhand pour.

    Moe Harris

    Moe began his career behind the bar 13 years ago on the beaches of Acapulco Mexico. Since then, Not only has he bartended all over the world, but competed in and won various local, national and international competions in speed, accuracy and flair. He has been teaching his trade at the Professional Bartending School in Arlington Va since 2002. He has also taught bartending for the O.A.S (Organization of American States) in the Caribbean, as well as led alcohol based seminars for the Smithsonian institution in Washington D.C. and made various t.v appearances exhibiting flair. In 2005 Moe took his show from behind the bar, and put it on stage where he and his flair bartending friends put on their "POUR BOY" show. The show is a flair bartending exhibiton, where he and his friends perform in an all night event showcasing their bottle flipping talents. When asked what the most important part of bartending, Moe responds "Service...good service will always make up for a horrible drink, but a great drink will never make up for bad service.".

    Moe Harris: Hi guys my name is Moe Harris and Im here at the Professional Bartending School in Arlington, Virginia. Today, I'm going to show just how to pour with a little bit of flair.

    First let me give you an example of how the typical bartender pours, they will grab a bottle, hold it upside down, pour, complete the pour and put the bottle away and thats absolutely fine. But why not do it with a little bit of style. First thing to notice is instead youre grabbing the bottle with the regular, I am going to grab it with the backhand, now I'm basically just going to pick it up. Now, the second thing to notice is that when I give this thing a little bounce, it cuts the stream off for a second. Thats going to be key.

    Here is what are we going to do. I'm going to grab the bottle at the backhand; I am going to grab the tin with the backhand right here, so basically I am grabbing both with the backhand. When I pour, Im going to start off with the short pour, which looks like this, taken into a long pour, which looks like that and then bounce okay, bounce to cut off the stream. Once I do that bounce, all I'm going to do is simply take my hand thats holding the tin, flip it the other way and continue my pour. Lets see how that goes, here we go backhand, backhand, I'm going to pour, long pour, bounce, continue, cut and there is your pour. Very simple, very effective.