Maurice is a bartender based in Long Island, New York. He has worked with spirits for over 15 years, starting at a liquor store in college. Maurice has a passion for spirits, and loves the way that no matter how much he learns, there is always more to know. And then there’s the spirits themselves. Each one has their own characteristics, their own mysterious personalities to explore. It is this endless learning that really ignites Maurice’s interest.
Being a bar professional means having to know a lot about spirits. It’s important to know the current trends in brands, cocktails, and expectations of the customer. And then there’s managing a dynamic menu of concept-driven bottles and house cocktails. Maurice’s experience has seen him mixing drinks in high-velocity sports bars and nightclubs to more intimate family establishments and dive bars. But Maurice’s favorite bars to work are the ones that offer spirit and cocktail forward concepts. He enjoys the pressure of maintaining reasonable ticket times while preparing complex drinks, as well as the conversations about spirits that always happens in these environments.
A question Maurice Amon gets a lot is, ‘what’s your favorite spirit?’ That’s a tricky one, and totally unanswerable in a general way. He enjoys gin cocktails very much. Single-malt scotches are a favorite, though he also loves the new rise of bourbon. Tequila make the best shots, but the new mezcal bottles on offer around the northeast are very intriguing. In short, there’s a time and a place for every kind of spirit.
Maurice keeps up on the world of spirits with avid reading. Yes, of course he also imbibes regularly – there’s no substitute for a practical education. But the world of spirits is so wide, it really requires proper sit-down study time in order to truly wrap one’s head around it. A career bartender, Maurice studies partly to equip himself with knowledge to help him in his work, but also out of an honest fascination with spirits.
With this blog, Maurice plans on sharing some of what he learns about alcohol in all of it’s distilled glory. He will bring stories from his years behind the bar, reviews of spirits that deserve some recognition, and some of the fascinating stories about the history of spirits. It won’t be a blog only for the initiated – Maurice wants all of his customers to find this as compelling as his colleagues.