What I Drink is a series featuring legendary bartenders to learn about how they got started, what they love to drink and discover their go-to cocktail recipes.
Tad Carducci has been in the bar business his entire life. With partner Paul Tanguay, he’s behind The Tippler in New York’s Chelsea Market and operates the cocktail consultancy Tippling Bros. He and Tanguay also published a book last year called A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails, so he can give you some insight into how to celebrate the drinking holiday known as Cinco de Mayo. Here, he talks about his background, favorite cocktails and how to take your margaritas to the next level.
When did you know you wanted to work behind the bar?
I knew I wanted to work behind a bar from my early teens. My grandfather taught me how to cook (and how to drink [cheap] wine) when I was 12 or so. He was a consummate host and purveyor of genuine hospitality. He made people happy by feeding and entertaining them. I caught the bug and never looked back.