July 2012 Bartender of the Month: Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Name: Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Establishment Name: Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon
Recent Gigs: Jeffrey Morgenthaler is an award-winning bartender, working since 1996 in everything from neighborhood taverns and college nightclubs to fine restaurants and upscale lounges including Marché and Red Agave in Eugene, Oregon. Today, Morgenthaler, manages the James Beard Award-nominated bar program at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.
Morgenthaler finds ways to share his mixo-savvy with the entire nation. Morgenthaler’s recipes have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Wine Enthusiast, Playboy, Wired, and Imbibe magazines. Forbes Traveler called Morgenthaler one of the "Cocktail Movers and Shakers" of 2007, and Tasting Panel Magazine named him a "New Leader" in 2009. And in 2011 StarChefs.com, he was named Rising Star Mixologist. The industry acknowledges that whether he’s tending bar at a nightclub, a frat bar, or Clyde Common, Morgenthaler is a leader in mixology.
Throughout Morgenthaler’s years of experience he was inspired to build a digital front, www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com, from which he could wax eloquent on bartending and mixology, featuring cocktail recipes, product reviews, and bartending techniques. It was on this website that Morgenthaler first posted his work in barrel-aged cocktails, a technique he helped revive, making him a mixology leader not only in Portland, but across the country.
What’s in the Shaker: We have the most extensive American whiskey selection in the city, so we get a lot of requests for something with either bourbon or rye. Often I'll whip up a whiskey sour variation with egg white and orange marmalade. I've never seen anything but big smiles when I serve that one.
What You’re Sipping & Why: At this precise moment I'm sitting on my patio in Barcelona, Spain, where I'm on vacation with my girlfriend. We've been drinking nothing but inexpensive Spanish wine, my favorite of which is Cava. Sparkling wine is my desert island drink: if I could only have one thing to drink for the rest of my life, it'd be sparkling wine.
What are You Dancing to While Mixing: On this particular vacation I got to see one of my favorite bands, the Stone Roses, reunite and play live in a 2,000 year old amphitheater in Lyon, France. So needless to say I've been playing a lot of their music at the restaurant lately.
Quirks & Quotable: I don't have a ton of quirks, other than the fact that I think I’m the only bartender I know who insists on wearing an apron behind the bar. I don't know what it is; I've just always worn one at work. And I've been doing this for sixteen years now.