Bartender of the week- Christopher Corral
Name: Christopher Corral
Bar: Frida’s Mexican Kitchen and Cantina
Where are you from? Los Angeles, California.
How long have you been bartending? A few years.
How did you become a bartender? I started out serving at a restaurant/bar about six years ago in Kernersville, N.C., and one day the bartender stepped out for her break and left me and a few other servers to watch the bar. It became busy, and there were quite a few people who wanted some mix drinks and Bloody Marys. So, in that rush of a crowd, I decided to collect all my knowledge of mixing drinks for house parties, and I did the thing, I made the drinks. The funny thing is though, is that my customers actually guided me on making those Bloody Marys for them because I had never made them before. So throughout the years of serving, I learned how to bartend and not just when the bartender steps out. I was trained. I now bartend and serve at Frida’s Mexican Kitchen and Cantina. I love it. I love our margaritas, and the bar looks fabulous.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I enjoy making drinks for family and friends when I’m at home or a friend’s house and especially when I’m behind the bar at work. I always wonder and ask what kind of drinks my customers favor, and I always come up with something they might like we have on our menu. I’m interested in my customers and what they like, and so it makes me feel good to give it to them.
What’s your favorite drink to make? I love making the Cactus Pear Margarita because it’s simple to make and it tastes delicious. The color purple is really pretty, and so is the edible flower that tops it.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? I’ve gone through many favorite drinks, but right now, my favorite drink would be the Cucumber Margarita. The Cucumber Margarita smells and tastes so fresh, light, healthy and delicious that I’ll skip my salad for it. It’s made with fresh, smashed cucumber slices, tequila, melon liqueur and citrus juices.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? I recommend a RumChata and over the rocks with that. It tastes like horchata but better. RumChata is bottled from a made from scratch cream liqueur recipe that uses five times distilled Caribbean rum and real dairy cream with a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and other flavors. A glass of RumChata is a dessert.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? It was karaoke night at Frida’s, and I was bartending when a pretty lady I was taking care of had asked me to dance with her and so I did, and we were having a ball until a man comes in to try and fight me for her. I felt more alive than ever, and I thought it was kind of crazy to almost getting my butt kicked for a dance. It happens though. She is a beautiful lady, so I understood.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? The biggest tip I’ve ever received would have to be from a really nice birthday party I served. They left me $200 and a slice of cake that was so good. The best tip I’ve ever gotten would have to be from a really nice group of guys that love the traditional margarita and Miller Light. They come in often and say they are going to own the bar one day. They will usually buy me a shot of Don Julio tequila for the end of the night, and they leave me really nice tips. I love my customers.