The bartending world is incredibly close-knit and insular, particularly here in Los Angeles, where mixology is an art and bar programs are as important as food menus. So it means something that the bartender at Goldie's invited Dave Stolte -- who is neither bartender nor restaurateur -- to guest bartend for a largely industry crowd of chefs, cocktail makers and assorted drinkers over this past weekend. Stolte is not in the liquor business: He's simply an illustrator with a cocktail obsession and a scientific mind.
Erin Lyall Dave Stolte at Goldie's bar
Stolte served up three tequila cocktails (courtesy of Olmeca Altos tequila) to celebrate the launch of his book, Home Bar Basics (and Not-so-Basics), a guide for home bartenders to stock their cabinet and master classic cocktails. It's a pocket-sized primer, just over 100 pages, that will have you shaking and pouring like a pro in no time. (You can find it at various stores around town, and at www.homebarbasics.com.)
We caught up with Stolte to talk liquor cabinets and Christmas gifts -- and to get his recipe for the best margarita.More »