Flair Bartending Lesson #75: Hip Nest

This week’s flair bartending move is a relatively simple under-the-arm maneuver. It’s a really great starter or transition move. It’s also one of those funky moves that is part working flair, part exhibition: you can do it at work with a full bottle but you’re going to need a 750 ml bottle.

Tips for this flair bartending move:

1) Get a good throw. Good in this case means mostly straight up and down – maybe leaning forward just a little bit.

2) To get a good catch, play with the angle of your tin.

3) If you’re having a hard time, you can cheat a little bit by using your throwing arm to “cradle” or guide the bottle into the tin. Eventually, you’ll want to outgrow this, but if it helps you learn, I’m not judging.

4) This move is really easy if your skinny and have long arms. If necessary, lose weight and grow your arms.