I recently had an odd experience that quickly escalated into a new “Pet Peeve”!
In case you missed it, I previously identified several “Pet Peeves”. If you want a laugh you can look back at my previous post: Martini Making Pet Peeves. If you want a teaser, one of my (minor) Martini Making Pet Peeves is not preparing the garnish first!
But back to my story. I was at a local lounge on one of my travels and asked for a Martini while I sat comfortably watching some sporting event on the TV. The Martini itself was good, if slightly small. However the stem was excellently chilled from the bar refrigerator upon being served.
Having finished my first Martini I was easily convinced to have another. The barkeep picked up my stem and I expected it to placed with the other dirty glassware. But no, the barkeep took it over to the prep station and proceeded to use it for my next Martini! I was instantly peeved. Not only that, she used the same garnish!
What’s the point of placing your stems in a refrigerator and chilling them if you’re not going to use them? Maybe you saved a couple of cents in electricity by not using a new chilled stem and not having to wash this one?
But the story goes on. I had seen this happen just once or twice in the past and it immediately cuts my bar tip drastically. But this time I was engrossed in the sports and didn’t want to leave the lounge.
So after finishing the second Martini, which was ok despite being served in the used and warm stem, I placed the stem on the bar back drop…. you know that small area behind the bartop which usually has a logo’d black plastic mat to contain splashed or spilled liquid. (I’m sure there’s a name for it, I just don’t know what its called.)
When the bar keep came by I asked for another Martini. She looked around a bit and spied my stem on the back drop. Clearly off the bar top! She picked it up and then proceeded to make my third Martin in the same stem. With the same garnish!
Had I ever envisioned coming back to this place I would have said something to her or the manager. Instead, she got a trivial tip for her efforts. I do mean trivial!