Carmen Miranda by Jessica Maria at Hotsy Totsy Club in Albany, California

Carmen Miranda by Jessica Maria at Hotsy Totsy Club in Albany, California

We asked our female bar managers, bar owners and bartenders about their experiences in the hospitality industry. We also asked them to share a cocktail using a female-led ingredient from the Craft Spirits portfolio. Here, Jessica Maria, owner of the Hotsy Totsy Club, shares her thoughts with us.  

Jessica Maria, owner and operator of Hotsy Totsy club for the past thirteen years, says of her experience as a woman in the hospitality industry, " It’s Awesome! I’ve been in this industry for 35 years and I’ve answered questions like this dozens of times. “As a Woman” I’m tired of talking about my challenges, how about asking about my advantages? They exist too." When asked about what she hopes for the future of women in the hospitality industry, she says, "Less questions like this."

Carmen Miranda Recipe

.5 oz Bimini Coconut Gin
.5 oz Aurora Manzanilla sherry
.5 oz Merlet pear liqueur
.5 oz pineapple gum
.5 oz passion fruit syrup
.5 oz lime juice
5-6 dashes Peychaud's bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin except Peychaud's and dry shake. Pour over crushed ice in a collins glass. Top with bitters and cinnamon.

About Hotsy Totsy Club 

Established in 1939, the Hotsy Totsy Club is Albany's oldest running bar. They offer free shuffleboard, free wifi, and a free 45 rpm jukebox filled with donated records spanning from 1952 - 1979. Transgressive cinema, adults only, always free.

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