• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Thomas Carrara of Side Bar

This is Thomas Carrara aka @craftandculinary — He’s doing great things over at Side Bar. I had the opportunity to learn his story and try one of their popular cocktails called “The Duchess.” It’s spicy, earthy and refreshing!

The Duchess



1.5 Ghost pepper infused tequilla .75 lime juice 1 basil leaf 3 blackberries .75 agave

Blackberries and basil as the garnish as a flower

What's the story behind The Duchess?

We were looking to make a cocktail that was alluring, spicy, and refreshing with robust flavors. The Duchess is Side Bar in a glass: sexy and mysterious.

Describe the taste flavor profiles.

We use fresh basil and blackberries in the cocktail as well as a spicy ghost tequilla to give it a spicy kick that sets it apart from other margarita variations.

What kind of experience can guests get at Side Bar?

My favorite part of bartending is the gues