Amanda Baltazar

Amanda Baltazar
Amanda Baltazar
Contributing Writer

Amanda Baltazar is a Washington State-based freelance writer who’s been writing about food and beverage since 1996. Read her work online at

Stories by Amanda Baltazar

Business Boosting Bar Bites

Bar snacks help to increase check size and keep customers at your bar longer, reducing the length of time they can spend at your competitors' venues. Lingering guests, of course, boost your bottom line.

Ready, Set...Shake!

Restaurant chain Buffalo Wings & Rings is launching five limited-time offer cocktails this year. Each LTO beverage is the result of a bartender competition that attracted 100 entries from 70 bartenders. The Colada Shaker is the winner of the summer LTO.

Avocado not Optional

Two decades ago, a dare inspired the creation of an avocado Margarita. Even the creator didn't think the concoction would taste good, but he was proven pleasantly wrong. Avocado, it turns out, adds texture, flavor and even nutrients to cocktails.

Make Mine a Crowler

The crowler, the growler's aluminum cousin, is lighter weight than its glass counterpart and can keep beer fresh for up to a month. It's also beach friendly since it isn't made of glass, making it increasingly popular with bars beer aficionados.

Bringing the Front and back of House Together

Encouraging communication between bartenders and the kitchen can produce creative beverages and a much more cohesive menu. Ashley Meehan of Vaucluse, located in the Upper East Side of NYC, has learned to collaborate with the kitchen and his cocktail program is all the better for it.

Some like it Hot

White Zinfandel and a nice, sweet cocktail were once the standards on most cocktail menus. Today, however, they just aren't what people are after. Instead, take a look at these spicy, hot cocktails for menu inspiration.

Organic Marketing

Facebook’s Livestream gives bar and nightclub operators the ability to be in front of their customers constantly. David Rabin, principal of The Skylark cocktail lounge in New York City, shares his story of using Facebook Livestream sucessfully.

Margaritas: Beyond the Everyday

Take a page out of Sable Kitchen & Bar's bar book and create riffs on classics, like the margarita. Sable offers three types of margarita on its menu, using the word "margarita" for only one of them as the other two are their original takes on the time-tested classic cocktail.