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Last shift at Pagan Idol for @jeanie.with.a.bottle. As much as I love reading and making lists, I won’t be making a “top 5 Ultimate Mai Tai Bartenders" list. But if there would be such a list then Jeanie would definitely be on it. She has been at @paganidolsf for several years and she’s made great drinks every time. I saw Jeanie win the Iron Tiki Tender competition at Tiki Kon in 2018 (one of many competitions she has competed in and won), so I’m a big fan. And her interaction with guests and knowledge of spirits when interacting with guests is really outstanding. I got to see a bit of that customer service tonight in San Francisco during her last shift at Pagan Idol. I was in the City for a work event and had to carve out a little time to say Aloha. The photo of Jeanie I took tonight didn’t turn out great so here’s a classic from her Iron Tikitender won in 2018. The cocktail tonight was the Disco Banana, which is probably my second favorite cocktail behind the Mai Tai. Such a great combination of flavors and even though I normally don’t like banana-forward food and drinks, I absolutely love this. It’s an original cocktail / Banana Daiquiri riff from Jeanie and on the menu at Zombie Village and is also in the Minimalist Tiki book. Jeanie is taking her talents across the bay to be the bar manager at @palmetto_oakland and @thekontikiroom, so I’m sure I’ll get to try the Disco Banana again, or one of the myriad excellent cocktails I’m sure will be on the menu there. Salute to Jeanie for great times at Pagan Idol and wishing her the best in the new position at Palmetto. #tiki #tikibar #tikidrinks #tikiculture #tropicaldrinks #cocktails #craftcocktails #rum #rhum #maitai #1944maitai #sf #sanfrancisco

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