Last night I sat down with Hannah Leonard at a place that’s she is very familiar with, the bar at Grain Spirits + Food. In this Midtown Atlanta establishment, she has served as bartender for the last 6 months. Her skillful expertise earned this Atlanta native an invitation to compete in the High Museum of Art’s first mixology event, Highball. With 11 years in the service industry and 4 years of bartending under her belt, she is coming to the competition with much craftmenship and passion. I think the other contestants need to watch out! During my visit I also asked a few rapid fire questions to get to know Hannah. Read her answers below, then come see her in action at Highball on February 18th.
Rapid Fire Q & A
What time did you get up this morning?
8:10, and then 8:45
What did you have for dinner last night
A sandwich, I think.
1st alcohol that touched your lips.
A Costa Rican Beer
A cocktail you make for someone you want to impress.
Describe your job in one cocktail.
Popcorn or potato chips?
What’s your mixologist superpower?
Helping guest feel comfortable in their environment.
Cocktail request that makes you roll your eyes.
I try not too. No judgements from me when it comes to what guest want to order.
Ginger ale or ginger beer
Bartender or mixologist?
Cocktail that represents Atl
Worse cocktail served to you.
Jack and Ginger
Mimosas or Bloody Mary
Cocktail snob or nah?
When creating, yes. Ordering, no.
Favorite menu item at Grain
The Dirty Chick or Black Lyte
Best midnight snack.
Whatever’s in the fridge that I don’t have to prepare. Also any soup ever.
Advice for aspiring female bartenders.
Find someone in the industry who is willing to invest in you. Do your homework. Know every answer before it’s asked.
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When : February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm