The bartender: Brian Greenfield, 23, bartender at GT Lounge, 3013 Ingersoll Ave.
The drink he chose for us: TB shot. The real name is too racy for us to print, but the bartenders know it by this acronym as well.
Why Brian called it: “It’s our most popular drink here, besides Fireball,” he said. A quick and easy shot with a sweet aftertaste — what’s not to like?
What’s in it?: Three Olives cherry vodka, cranberry juice and Red Bull. It costs $5 at GT Lounge.
Tips for making the drink his way: Start with a shot of Three Olives cherry vodka followed by a squirt of cranberry juice. Top it off with Red Bull. “It’s supposed to be taken like a shot,” Brian says.
About the drink: It tastes like cherry Kool-Aid. The balance among alcohol, juice and energy drink is perfect. But don’t go overboard with the cranberry juice if you attempt this one yourself — you don’t want to dilute the already almost-too-weak drink. If shots aren’t your thing, this one can be savored, too.
About Brian: You can’t miss this guy with his mane of neon green hair sneaking out of his well-worn hat. He’s one of the newer additions to the GT family with four months of bartending at the biker bar under his belt. When he isn’t pouring shots or passing out his favorite beer (Red Stripe), you can find the California native skateboarding, drumming or working down the street at Big Tomato Pizza.
“All of the regulars are really good dudes,” he said. GT is all about its loyal regulars. You can find at least one of them bellied up to the bar on any given night. And if regular status is what you’re looking for, you won’t have to try hard at this joint. Brian served up shots with a side of conversation on my first visit.
And if you’re lucky, you’ll make it out on a night that Jitz (fellow GT bartender’s band) is playing. The band is one of Brian’s favorites, and he’ll make sure to be there whether he’s slinging drinks or relaxing by the pool table off-duty.