06 Oct 2015
WE REVEAL THE SECRET HANDSHAKE BETWEEN BARTENDERS
Hang around bartenders long enough and you start to realize it’s a clubby profession, filled with secret rituals and drinking customs they share with one another, but not often the general boozing public. The most common of these is the bartenders’ handshake—a signal from a visiting bartender to the one on duty that they’re part of the in crowd.
The bartenders’ handshake—the drink that local bartenders order to signify to their cohorts that they work in the industry—is different in every city. The handshake could even vary from bar to bar. We talked to bartenders across the country to find out what the insider, spirit-of-choice is for their town.
Bartender Sean Frederick of Boston ordered a bottle of Varnelli’s Amaro Dell’erborista for his bar and his staff went crazy for it...
By Alyson Sheppard
Illustration by Sean Noyce