You all know how much I love both Joy Perrine and Jack’s Lounge so I’m beyond giddy at this lovely interview with Joy that you can find over at Esquire. The interview is loaded with choice quotes that give you insight into Joy’s personality and let you know exactly why you should get to Jack’s for some of her cocktails with the quickness.
I started bartending in the 1960s when there were very few female bartenders. It was groundbreaking to be a woman working behind the bar. Now, we represent more than 50 percent of the industry, but back then the only women working in bars were cocktail waitresses, or their families owned the bars. It wasn’t women-friendly, but I was very lucky to work with the old-time guys who started their careers at the end of Prohibition.
The old-timers taught me how to do it right: Don’t use cheap vermouth, and use fresh juice, not bar mix. I grew up in the business when you made everything from scratch, but then that terrible period in America happened when the food industry went to hell and everything was pre-made and pre-mixed.
Go read the rest of it and enjoy your day thinking of delicious bourbon based cocktails.