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How to Do the Flat behind the Back Move with Rocks Glasses

Learn how to do the flat behind the back flair bartending move with rocks glasses from mixologist Chris Cardone in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Chris Cardone from the Flair Bartending Association and I'm gonna teach you how to do a flat behind the back with a rocks glass. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna take our glass and we're gonna basically throw it behind your back and you're going to release it upon your opposite butt cheek kind of is when you let go. And then you're gonna actually push with your finger to keep it flat so that there's no rotation. If you don't push with your finger it rotates, but if you hold it, it doesn't rotate. So it'll keep it nice and flat.

Now the idea behind a flat is you wanna be able to put liquid in there and not spill it or ice and not spill the ice to do a flat. Now the other thing is, is that it takes a little time to get comfortable using a glass. So there's nothing wrong with practicing with a shaker tin. It's a little different weight wise, but most rocks glasses are gonna come in different weights anyway so you're gonna have to get used to the weight as you practice with a particular glass that you are using.

Some of them have weight on the bottom, some of them don't. Some of them are a little different shapes and sizes. So we just take some practice and some time, but the concept doesn't change no matter whether using a glass or a tin or any kind of weight. So again we're gonna take it and you're gonna throw it behind your back and you're gonna keep it flat. Now the other part of this is to whether or not to go around your arm or inside your arm and that's just a matter of personal preference in the way you do your flair bartending.

So you can either take it and come inside your arm and do a flat like that or you can go on the outside of your arm and then take a flat like that. It's up to you which ever you prefer. So looking at it from behind we're gonna take our glass, we're gonna bring it around, we're gonna release it at this point, push with our finger so that it doesn't rotate and let it come up flat. So that's how you do, we're just gonna give it a couple good tosses and practice and it's just a matter of catching it, flat. And that's how we do a flat behind the back with a rocks glass.

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