Without our employees, The Crimson Room wouldn’t be what it is today! We sat down with our head bartender, Erin Rosa, to learn a little more about her background. Read on to see what Erin had to say in our Q&A.
What Made You Get into Bartending?
I used to have a corporate office job where I would wake up early each morning, take the train full of sleep-deprived passengers, work the 9-5, and do it all again the next day. I have immense respect for people who can do it every week, but I eventually realized that it just wasn't for me. About four years ago, I got into bartending to live a more fulfilling life where I get to have fun and make people happy. I've always been passionate about connecting with people, and this was the perfect fit!
Do You Have a Specific Style That You Stick to When Creating New Cocktails and Preparing Drinks?
I'm a big fan of the KISS adage (Keep It Simple, Stupid). It's easy for bartenders to get carried away, experimenting with fancy ingredients in their concoctions. While I enjoy to spice things up and create a unique blend of flavors, I want my guests to be comfortable while ordering from my cocktail menu, rather than intimidated. I've learned a ton of insightful information from Dale DeGroff's (Rainbow Room, New York) no-nonsense approach to hospitality and drink making.
What is the Best Part About Being a Bartender?
Apart from creating drinks that taste incredible, my passion stems from the opportunity to create relationships with my guests. It's all about how you treat the human in front of you and how you make them feel.
What is Your Favorite Drink to Both Prepare AND Drink?
I really like to make and imbibe a good Vieux Carré. However, I usually drink High Life and tequila shots. If I'm feeling fancy, I'll go with a beer from the Czech Republic.
What are the Stories Behind Your Signature Cocktails?
Since The Crimson Room is a music venue, most of the drinks are tributes to some of our favorite musicians. For example, I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone or Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon. When we have weekly cocktail specials, I'll usually name the drink in reference to a current event, or I'll name it after something to do with an electrical component (e.g., The Transistor) as I am an electronics hobbyist.
What are Some of Your Favorite Memories of The Crimson Room?
In the year that I've been at The Crimson Room, one of my favorite memories was when we bought a KitchenAid and started experimenting with liquid nitrogen as a way to create frozen cocktails. We made some interesting concoctions, and not all of them were good. It wasn't very practical in the end, as liquid nitrogen is expensive, but our team got the chance to learn together.
And did I mention the music? I couldn't tell you the number of talented musicians that we've seen at our Blues Jams (Tuesday) or our Jazz Jams (Thursday) and play an amazing set for all to remember.
We're lucky to have Erin on the team here at The Crimson Room. If you haven't gotten the chance to meet her yet, stop in and see why she's one of Denver's best bartenders!