28 Questions Later: Michelle Nguyen, Mixologist SIDEDOOR

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FullSizeRender_1Measure, Mix, Shake, Stir, Pour. Try saying those magic words five times fast or just head on over to Sidedoor, adjacent to Five Crowns in Corona del Mar, to see Chief Bartender in Charge, Michelle Nguyen for a taste of her artisan cocktails. She’s a wizard behind the bar, crafting all sorts of magically delicious drinks. We caught her on a day when she was making a salted caramel old fashioned – a slightly sweet, but smooth drink 35-year old Harry Potter would totally throwback with a Muggle. In between crafting cocktails, she answered all our kooky questions about bartending and her secret love for Pina Coladas.



28 Questions

  1. Hometown: Costa Mesa
    Michelle's reinvented daiquiri

    Michelle’s reinvented daiquiri

  2. First Bartending job: Hole in the wall Chinese restaurant when I was 18 years old
  3. Years Bartending: 17
  4. First Cocktail you learned to make: Volcanos, Scorpion Bowls
  5. Best Advice you ever received: live well and don’t worry about what other people think. Don’t dwell.
  6. Favorite Vacation Spot: Borocay, Phillipines
  7. TV Show you’re currently hooked on:  “My 600lb Life”
  8. Favorite Emoji: Poop
  9. Song you Karaoke To: Girl from Ipanema
  10. Drink of Choice: I tell people old fashioned, but secretly love Pina Coladas
  11. Wine, Beer, or Spirits: Spirits – Rye, St. Germain
  12. Unique cocktail ingredient you’re into right now: Butterscotch Rye
  13. Cocktail you’d never drink: Jaeger
  14. Favorite Midnight Snack: Ice Cream Snickers Bar
  15. Favorite Shot: Irish Breakfast
  16. Favorite places outside SideDoor for cocktails: Boulevard, Blind Rabbit, but always end up back at SideDoor.
  17. We want to make a cocktail called “California Girl” it has Elderflower Liqueur and…. : peach vodka, mint, lemon
  18. Biggest Bar Tab you’ve seen: $1,000FullSizeRender
  19. #1 Mistake people make when crafting a cocktail: be confident, never be hesitant – be like ‘this is what you want’
  20. Tap or bottled beer? Bottled
  21. 3 Essential Things you need at a bar: shaker, strainer, bottle opener, antique glassware from home
  22. Have you ever been tipped with anything other than cash? Weed
  23. Favorite Phone app: MyFitness
  24. Biggest Pet Peeve at the Bar: Order then walk away thinking I’m going to pay for their drink
  25. Worst night of the year to work: New Year’s Eve
  26. Fave Dive Bar: The Beach Ball, Newport Peninsula
  27. Best or Worst Pickup Line: “Do you like crunchy tacos?”
  28. Next Trend in Cocktails: Moving back to rum. Classic Rum cocktails and daiquiris.


salted caramel old fashioned

salted caramel old fashioned

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