This week's bartender chat turned out a bit different than usual when one of our favorite bartenders from Boheme, who had just made an excellent drink and given us an interview, asked that he not be directly identified by either name or picture. He prefers to remain an international bartender of mystery, so to speak, and requested to be called Buck Nekkid. So think of this week's bartender chat more as a game of Guess Who with booze.
Mr. Nekkid has been bartending at swanky restaurants and bars on and off for about 12 years, though he came to Boheme only a year ago. He likes the "casual, Montrose feel" of the place and describes the crowd as "a good mix, lots of professionals." He likes to drink "Powers, neat" but his favorite thing to make is a Sazerac. Nekkid is expert at fitting the drink to the patron, and he can create a cocktail that will knock your socks off with just a few simple qualifying questions.
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As we happened to visit on a sweltering late-summer night, we were lucky enough to be offered a huge glass of Russian Lemonade to sip on while we chatted with Buck. A combination of Russian vodka muddled with fresh lemon, simple syrup, orange liquor and club soda, this sleeper cocktail is the kind that will lull you into a deep trust before walloping you over the head later that night. Head over to Boheme on a weekday evening, ask around for Buck, and have him make you one. But don't say we didn't warn you.