How to Do the Palm Spin Flair Bartending Move

Learn how to do the palm spin flair bartending move from mixologist Chris Cardone in this Howcast video.

Hi. I’m Chris Cardone, and I’m going to teach you how to do a palm spin. It’s a really, really simple move. It’s something that you do all the time at your house with an empty beer bottle or a remote control. So, we’re going to do it with a glass. We could do it with a tin. The concept is to just spin the item on your palm. Now, the most important part of this is to spin it on the ball of your palm, not your fingertips and not the end of your palm, but right on the middle of your palm. Right in the juicy spot. You’re going to basically bring your item that you’re spinning, in this case a highball glass, we’re going to turn it in toward our body, and then we’re going to release it, kind of like you release a Frisbee out. We’re going to let it spin.

Now, the problem that most people have when learning how to do this is they only do a 180 because their thumb gets in the way as they spin it, and they can’t get it all the way around. So, the concept and the most important part of this is to actually open your hand and not let your thumb get in the way. So, you release, you spin, and then you squeeze when it gets all the way around for 360 degrees. So again, a palm spin is just you invert your hand, release, let it spin out, and squeeze at the point where a 360 comes around. So we turn like this.

You can do it with a tin. You can do it with your glass. You can pretty much do it with anything behind the bar, with the exception of a bottle. The reason being that when you spin your bottle, the liquid inside is going to spill out of the top when you get to that point. It will either spray across you, making you look silly, or it will spray across your guests, and they’re not going to be too happy about that. So, you want to always use a glass, a tin, or something that doesn’t have liquid inside it. You’re going to take your glass. You’re going to spin it, and that’s how you do a palm spin.