Since then, he has proved the influential force of the film, as he currently works at a highly sought after, award nominated establishment at Virgin hotels Las Vegas. Home of the best Expresso Martini in town, Kassi Beach House has a stylish and unique Bohemian vibe. With views of the Resort Pool, guests can indulge in top-of-the-line Coastal Italian food.
Chilled got the opportunity to chat with Chavez to learn more about his bartending career story, specific techniques, favorite ingredients he uses, and more!
Who has been most influential in your development as a bartender?
I gained all my knowledge and work ethic at the original Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. I was privileged and honored to work with the original bar crew from the legendary Center Bar. They were my biggest influence in my development as a bartender.
What is your favorite ingredient right now and why?
I simply love the way lemon or lime can bring so many different flavors together to create a well-balanced cocktail.
How do you go about creating a cocktail? Is there a specific process or simply a moment of inspiration?
I like to choose the spirit first, one that will go with the current vibe or mood your companied with.
Do you have a special technique you use or a tip for making a particular drink?
Don’t be afraid to use a jigger, it’s important for accuracy and consistency. Having a good shake and stir is also key for proper dilution of a drink or cocktail.
Do you have any advice for novice or at home bartenders?
Start as a barback so you can build a solid foundation and work ethic, practice your drinks and pours constantly, read up on the history of spirits and cocktails. Learn all the classic cocktails well and get as much live experience as possible.
Where do you see the bartending and cocktail culture headed?
The culture is always pushing forward, so having a good understanding of the classic cocktails will help you immensely, mostly everything you see now a days is just an extension of the classics.