Behind the Stick with Rachel Eap: How to make the Strawberry Fields
The Strawberry Fields is a refreshing take on a Strawberry Lemonade. It's not too sweet and it's not too sour. I'ts the perfect any time drink at PB Alehouse. The top bartender, Rachel Eap, sat down with the Nardcast to chat about this delicious concoction.
1 - 2 strawberries
2 oz. Ketle One Vodka
.50 oz. Agave nectar
Dash of lemon juice
Garnish: lemon wedge
What’s the origin of the Strawberry Fields?
It was made to be a classic, any time, kind of drink for PB Alehouse.
How would you describe the taste to someone who hasn’t had this before?
A refreshing take on a Strawberry Lemonade. Not too sweet, not too sour.
What would be the key component in this drink?
Lots of muddled strawberries.
What reactions do you get from customers when they try this cocktail for the first time?
Wow. Refreshing! I'll need another shortly!
What are some good dishes to pair this drink with?
Our popular fish tacos and any of our flatbreads.
Watch as the top bartender Rachel makes this refreshing cocktail.
What kind of experience can someone get at PB Alehouse?
A family-friendly, pet-friendly and laid back vibe, with an experienced staff that's happy to serve you. Great food, beers and drinks with a phenomenal view of the ocean.
About Rachel Eap
Did you grow up in San Diego?
I grew up in a small city called Holland, Michigan. Right on Michigan's beautiful west coast of Lake Michigan. I moved here in November 2009.
How did you get into bartending?
I started out old school, where I worked every position leading up to bartending. That means hostess, door girl, coat check attendant, bathroom attendant, shot girl, beer tub girl, cocktail waitress, barback and finally, bartender. Makes you appreciate everyone's position and teach you to work as a team.
What trends are you noticing in the cocktail scene?
Everyone is trying to "reinvent the wheel" by making the most unique cocktail. I'm noticing a lot of interesting ingredients. I'm just a fan of the classics. You can't go wrong if you keep it simple with a slight twist.
What are your favorite cocktails to drink?
I'm always on the hunt for the best Manhattan and Old Fashioned, but I can always rely on a good vodka dirty martini extra dirty, but not filthy.
Are you planning on adding more signature cocktails to the menu?
Definitely! We have some great seasonal drinks that will hit the menu just in time for the summer!
When you’re not mixing drinks, what are you doing on your spare time?
You can find me outdoors with my pups, spinning at SparkCycle in LaJolla or trying out a new recipe in my kitchen.
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