Mixologist: Kristy Gardner of Rooster's
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Years bartending: 6
What do you like about bartending?
I love this place because it's so relaxed. It's very casual. We support the Buckeyes, cheer for all the games. It's almost like I'm not at work. It's like hanging out with everybody.
What's the crowd like here at Rooster's?
It's a big sports crowd, but we get a lot of families, too. At the bar it's mostly sports fans - guys and couples. We get a lot of regulars who come in everyday for happy hour. They're from 21 to 90. We celebrated a regular's 99th birthday last week.
Are you a sports fan?
I'm a huge sports fan. I could never work at a place where I had to wear a tie and give wine lists. It's not bad when I come to work and get to watch the game the whole time.
I love the Browns, the Cavs, love the Indians. Being from Northern Ohio, everyone in my family is a Cleveland fan. You've got to keep cheering for them. It'll happen one day.
What would you be doing if you weren't bartending?
I would probably go to culinary school and work as a chef somewhere. I love to cook. When I'm not working, I'm always at home cooking.
What's your favorite meal to cook?
My family is Hungarian, so I love making chicken paprikash or homemade cabbage noodles. I really love to cook anything - I'm always watching the Food Network.
Where do you go to grab a drink?
I always start here. We hang out in this neighborhood a lot. I'm either at Brewsky's, or over at Donerick's. We go to Yogi's a lot. I always want to play Keno. I'm addicted to Keno.
What do you drink?
I love Jager. I'm definitely a shot girl - I'm always the one ordering shots. My friends get mad at me because they're so hung over the next day.
What's the worst pick-up line you've ever heard?
Actually, he's my boyfriend now, so it must have worked. But it's the worst. He asked me if I ever worked at Subway. I was like, "No, why?" And he said it was because I was giving him a footlong. It worked, I guess, but it was so cheesy. It made me laugh.
Jager Tootsie Pop
Kristy Gardner's signature drink
1/2 oz. Jagermiester
1/2 oz. Three Olives chocolate vodka
1/2 oz. Smirnoff vanilla vodka
Splash of root beer
Shaken over ice
1832 Henderson Rd., Northwest Side