Tyler Gushaty – Independent
Edmonton – Judges’ Choice Winner
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How long have you been a bartender and how did you get into bartending?
Far longer than I’d like to admit. I started very young in a corporate restaurant and worked my way up to finally get my chance behind the stick at the ripe age of eighteen. I’ve never really looked back from there.
What turns you on about bartending, what are the new trends that are exciting you?
Having a full wood of people that are diggin’ what you’re doing, while having a great time doing it, does it for me. I call it my “bartender’s high.”
What are some of your favorite ingredients to work with?
Anything fresh is usually a go-to. Using bright, fresh ingredients really transforms a cocktail for me.
Which bartenders have been inspirations for you?
Mostly it’s the crew I get to work with on a daily basis. Being able to bounce any idea off one another inspires me daily with new ideas.
What is the most ridiculous cocktail request you ever had?
I used to have this regular that would insist on CRUSHING pappy van old fashioned’s. Not crazy per say but you’ve never seen him slam one!
If you had to describe your bartending style using a style of music in comparison, what would it be?
Laid back electronic
We ask you to create a cocktail called MADE WITH LOVE, what’s in it?
Sugar, spice and everything nice. Also Woodford Reserve…lot’s of Woodford Reserve.
You have the choice to invite anybody you wish to sit at your bar, (fictional, dead or alive) who would it be?
Winston Churchill would be pretty rad, I hear he liked his booze.
Which cocktail would you serve to your lover? And which one would you serve to your ex?
Extra cold, wet gin martini with a twist to both. A good martini doesn’t discriminate.
What got you into MADE WITH LOVE and how do you feel about the National Finals?
Passing through the judges choice in Edmonton. I’m really pumped for the national finals. It’s great sharing good company with competitors all over Canada.