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

    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. Im about to show you part two of our two-tin-one-bottle sequence. Now, that weve got the bottle and tin in my right hand and the tin in my left hand this is a very simple kind of difficult thing were going to do. Simple, if you practice it, difficult if you dont, thats all it is. All Im going to do, imagine you had a bottle just a bottle by itself in your right hand. All I would do is pull it towards me. Im going to simply pull it and grab it by the neck, pull, pull.

    Now Im going to do the same exact thing, the only difference is Im going to have the bottle inside of a tin, so when I do the pull, Im still going to naturally grab it by the neck. The tin is going to naturally fly off. All you have to do is be prepared to catch it, ready, just like that.

    Now, were going to go to that position and remember we left off you at the last sequence. Im going to do the same thing. The problem is, when this flies off into my left hand, this is in my hand. So, what Im going to have to do is, throw this in the air, so its going to look like this. I dont mind letting it fall, Im going to grab the bottle, let this tin fly, throw this one and catch.

    Now what Id like to do is when I pull this bottle, I do have it in this down position, in a perfect position to go over my back. So, here is the whole sequence. Im going to pull the tin, grab the bottle. The tin is going to fly off into my left hand, the tin in my left hand is going to fly over to my right hand. Im going to catch that tin in my right hand, before I do that Im going to throw this over my shoulder with a double flip and catch it here. It sounds difficult, but if you break this down and practice this a lot, a lot, a lot, it will be a piece of cake.

    So, heres what we did in the first sequence. It was a split-throw-catch, would leave this in the position and pull-throw-throw-catch. Its just that easy.