Bar Basics – How to Toss a Shaker Tin and Combine with a Backhand Pour

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Flair bartender Moe Harris demonstrates how to toss a shaker tin and combine with 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. And today I'm going to show you a really basic trick, thats really effective, that people are going to love and hopefully its going to increase your tips. All youre going to do is first you actually have to get this done. This is your basic tin. Youre going to flip it towards the outside and hopefully its going to wind up in this hand with one flip. Thats all it is. One flip and one rotation, one flip that I just slipped up on.

    Now, were going to do the same thing. So, were going to add one more flip. Its just going to be basic, 1-2. This is 1 and this is 1-2. You want to practice this about a million times before you actually do it in front of people. All youre going to do is pour your desired amount of alcohol in your tin, usually about one ounce will do.

    . Youre going to do the same thing and dont change the thing, the water, the liquid, the vodka, whatever you got in there, is going to stay naturally right in the tin and you pour that right into your glass and you fill it with juice and people are amazed and hopefully youre going to be amazed by the tip. Now, that you know a couple of my point techniques, let me put those two things together and show you how it could actually work in some working flair.