Bar Basics – How to do a Two Tin One Bottle Sequence Part One

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Flair bartender Moe Harris demonstrates how to do a two tin one bottle sequence.

    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. Right now, I will just show you one of my secrets to a really awesome two-tin-one-bottle sequence. Now what Im about to show you really is kind of advanced, its something most difficult thing in the world, but its kind of advanced if you just jump in right into this. What Im going to do is Im going to break it down into simple moves and show it how it all comes together in one sequence.

    First thing that Im going to teach you, is taking two tins and splitting them and what I mean by that is, Im going to grab the tins and with my thumb inside of it and the fingers of the outside, all Im going to do is give it a flick about that hard. Now, the important thing is, all Im going to do is swing my arm and once I get to about the natural level of the swing, thats when I split it. So thats when I go, like that.

    Now, youll notice that its always going to form 1-2, my left and then to my right. 1-2, and again, its swing, split, just prepare to catch, 1-2, 1-2, thats the first part. Its a piece of cake.

    Now the second part is getting this bottle. All were going to do is get this bottle and give it -- I think this is one little flip. Notice its going from my left hand to my right hand and one rotation; still in the upward position, thats one. Practice this move; practice each of these moves individually a million times before you try them all together. Instead of one rotation now, its going to be 1-2, 1-2, 1-2.

    Now, lets put those things together. Im going to split these two, when I split remember, its going to go left-right. So, the problem is I cant catch it to my left; Im going to have a bottle there. So, as soon as I split, this is going to have to do the 1-2. So, whats going to happen ultimately is, Im going to have these two on my hand, while that bottle is in the air. Instead of catching the bottle by the neck, Im simply going to catch it in the other tin. So, to break it down Ill call this a split, Ill call this a throw and Ill call that a catch. Its a split, throw, catch, ready. Split-throw-catch.