This week on The Speakeasy, Damon sits and chats with James Menite of Don Q Rum. Learn how James went from a normal job to becoming one of New York City’s premiere bartenders. Learn more about why James thinks rum is the next “breakout spirit” and how hospitality is more important than people think when it comes to bartending. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

“If you make it as a bartender/mixologist in New York City, the world is your oyster.”

“We’re in a lucky business. People are winning cash prizes for bartending and traveling across the world. There’s no other profession where you get that luxury.”

“When cocktails are so expensive, people don’t just want a drink they want an experience…[because of that], hospitality driven establishments are doing really well right now.”

–bartender James Menite on The Speakeasy