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How to Do an Over the Shoulder to Pour Flair Bartending Move

Learn how to do the over the shoulder to a pour flair bartending move from mixologist Chris Cardone in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Chris Cardone. I work at the Beatrice Inn in New York City and I'm going to show you how to pour from over your shoulder.

What you're going to do is take your tin and your bottle. You're going to hold the bottle in whats called a reverse grip, and you're going to bring it along the side of your body. What you're going to do is you're going to use your finger to push the bottle to make create rotation, and you're going to kind of bring the bottle over here at your release point.

That way, the bottle can come over your shoulder verses hitting your back. If you do it down here, where, you kind of doing it like that, it'll hit your shoulder. It'll hit your head. It'll hit your back. So, you want to bring it up like this and release it at the same time.

So, it's kind of off to your side, comes over your shoulder and then you're going to hold your tin in your other hand to allow yourself to pour. So, breaking it down it kind of comes around like this, throws it over, and you catch it and the bottle is in a pour position and you just practice throwing it over, like that and you can do one rotation or you can snap a little harder and do two rotations, which is completely up to you.

You're going to bring it around your body, like that, to pour. You're other tin is going to be here and you're going to practice to make sure you catch it where the bottle is directly over your tin so that you're not spilling it. If you catch it like this and then bring the tin over, the floor is going to have a really good time.

So, you want to make sure when you're practicing, you're practicing with glass and wet. You throw it over, catch it, and you're pouring. When you're done, you bring your bottle down and you set your tin or your glass or whatever you're using onto the bar. So, we've thrown it over our shoulder to a pour and that is how we do and over the shoulder to a pour.

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