Behind the Stick with Becca Williams of Sandbar
Becca Williams is behind the stick serving up the The Mission Beach Melon Margarita at Sandbar in Mission Beach. Crafted with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila, Licor 43, Cointreau Noir, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, fresh watermelon & cucumber. Cheers!
About Becca Williams
Are you from San Diego?
Yes ! Born and raised
How has your journey been leading up to your role at the Sandbar?
I started in the hospitality industry when I was 18, but my experience with fellow bartenders and watching my brother who is a bartender as well , helped to shape my direction to where I am today . I love being able to do what I do . I worked in just about every position , which I think helped me to get where I am today .
What's your favorite cocktail on the menu?
It varies depending on my mood but currently my favorite would have to be the pointbreak paloma , not too sweet , a little tart from the grapefruit and easy to drink.
Define the perfect cocktail?
The perfect cocktail to me is refreshing and something that every time I take a sip I want to take another!
What are some cocktail trends you are noticing in San Diego?
I’m noticing mezcal is making its way into everyone’s bar as well as micheladas. Micheladas are also slowly moving from the standard Mexican beer to more fruit flavored beers like mango cart.
What's your favorite drink to make behind the bar?
Personally, I love any drink with Campari, so any chance I can use that I will . But I like being able to make refreshing cocktails, something to make people feel like they are vacation even if they are just on break from work!
What's your favorite spirit?
Bourbon. Tequila is a close second.
What is one thing you wish people understood about bartending?
There is more to it than just drinking and making drinks. The bartending industry is a community of people who share a passion for what they do and how it’s done .
What should everyone stock in their home bar?
As far as alcohol I think everyone should have at least one tequila, one vodka and one bourbon. As for tools, a jigger, measurements are key for a good cocktail.
What do you do in your spare time when you're not creating cocktails?
Typically, I’m drinking them if I’m not making them! But I’m usually with my family, my friends or my husband. I come from a big family so there is never a dull moment nor a quiet one!
What's next for you?
I hope to continue creating amazing cocktails for amazing people, we are working on Sandbar’s upcoming drink menu so stay tuned!