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Mixologist Of The Month: Pub West

Bartender Cullen Ross

PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

Instead of trying your regular drink, mix it up next time with a delicious shot. Bartender Cullen Ross from Pub West shares one of his creations with us, bringing you a sweet and creamy taste to enjoy during the chilly winter months.

Q&A With Cullen Ross At Pub West

Tell us about working at Pub West.
This is my second bartending job and it’ll be one year in March. I didn’t know much about it before I got in here, but I jumped right in. When I got here, I discovered it was something I was really passionate about. I like how busy it gets. I like being bogged down and having to move super fast. It makes time go by quickly and it’s fun to be able to multitask and get everything taken care of.

Do you have a specific bartending style?
No, not yet. I’m still trying to figure out what my niche is. Bartending for me is somewhat similar to cooking. You want to make sure your flavors aren’t overwhelming and that there is a subtlety to it. With the drink I’m making today, for example, if you do a little too much rum, it’ll burn. If you do too much cinnamon or whiskey, that’s all your going to taste. I like to pretend I’m cooking when I make it, like subbing out the real ingredients with the liquor.

Are there any bartending/mixologist trends you’re seeing?
Mostly, I notice a lot of seasonal drinks are becoming more popular. It seems like the hip drinks during the summer will be more of the Moscow Mules. In the winter, you’ll get the creamier drinks.

Tell us about the drink you’ll be making.
I made it up, actually. My roommate and I were messing around making drinks, thought it up and decided to try it. It’s a creamier drink with vanilla vodka and banana liquor. It’ll have whipped cream and caramel on top and dark rum with Fireball — or any cinnamon whiskey.

“Bananas Foster”

1/4 oz. Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1/4 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
1/2 shot Stoli Vanil
1/2 shot DeKuyper Créme De Banana
1/2 shot of cream
Whipped cream
Caramel
Nutmeg

BANANAS FOSTER Bartender Cullen Ross

Fill a shaker with all of the ingredients. Shake the mixture and pour into a shot glass. Top it off with whipped cream, caramel and nutmeg.

Pub West

3140 Bluestem Dr., West Fargo
PubWest.pub

Kara Jeffers

Written by Kara Jeffers

Fargo Monthly Editor Kara Jeffers is from Garrison, North Dakota, a small town north of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Lake Sakakawea. She graduated from North Dakota State University in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in theatre arts. In addition to working at Spotlight Media, Jeffers also works at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor’s Center, where she’s one of the first people (and, at times, the only person) visitors meet when they arrive in North Dakota—talk about pressure.

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