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How to Do Over the Shoulder to a Stall Flair Bartending Move

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


Hi, I'm Chris from the Flair Bartenders' Association, and I'm going to teach you how to do an over the shoulder stall.

The over the shoulder stall involves two things. First, learning how to stall a bottle. The best way to learn how to stall a bottle is to just holding the bottle on your hand. At some point, it's nice to bounce it on your hand, or to move it all around and just get comfortable with it landing. Because when it comes over your shoulder, it's going to land on your hand. So, you have to get comfortable with the feel of a bottle sitting on the back of your hand.

The second part of this is an over the shoulder throw. The way you do this is it's actually going to come over your shoulder, but you're going to sort of bring your hand up to like, as high up as you can get it, and then use your finger to push the bottle over your shoulder. So, you're not starting down here and trying to do it. You're kind of bringing it up here, and as you can see on the motion, it's going to fly over my shoulder. It takes a few bumps in the head to get kind of use to of exactly where to bring it up to, but you're going to kind of release it over your shoulder, and then it's going to fly over. That's the second move.

So, the first move is just to get comfortable with the stall. The second move is just getting comfortable throwing it over your shoulder. Now, you can do this with one rotation very soft, but I find that two rotations gives my body and my mind and my eyes a little bit more time to learn exactly where the bottle needs to go, and where my hand needs to go to catch it. Doing it with one rotation, you feel kind of rushed, and like, you have to do it really quickly. So, by sending it over with the second rotation, it gives yourself a lot more time to adjust to what's happening to it.

So, what we're going to do is we're going to take your finger. You're going to bring it over, and you're going to release, and you're going to stall onto the back of your hand. So, one more time, we'll show you, and that's how you do a behind the back, over the shoulder into a stall.

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