Brian Floyd

Austin

Cocktails, Mixology


Specialities

Cocktails, Mixology

About Brian Floyd

Brian Floyd is a bartender at Austin's craft cocktail bar, Weather Up. Weather Up has been named one of the "10 Best Bars in Austin" by Culture Map and one of "Austin's 24 Buzziest Brunch Places" by Eater Austin. He has worked as a bartender and consultant at many popular watering holes, including the stylish Vanderbilt and southern Italian restaurant, Red Gravy, both located in Brooklyn.

He is also the founder of The Barman's Fund, a group of bartenders who donate one night of tips per month to charity. Since its founding in April 2011, the Fund has raised over $180,000 for charity. 


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Brian Floyd's Video Tutorials

An Introduction to Making Cocktails Spicy

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Intermediate

"Let's talk about making a cocktail spicy."

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An Overview of Old Fashioned Variations

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Intermediate

Update this classic whiskey cocktail with creative flavors guided by essential ratios to make a version for any palate.

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How to Make a Shrub Drinking Vinegar

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Easy

Use this simple technique to make flavored drinking vinegars and add brightness and acidity to your favorite cocktails.

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Moscow Mule

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Easy

This classic vodka cocktail has a kick of spiciness from fresh ginger syrup.

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An Introduction to Mezcal

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Intermediate

Despite their overlapping origins, mezcal is smokier, richer, and more nuanced than tequila.

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A Basic Overview of Rum

Brian Floyd
Intermediate

Learn about the different makes and origins of rum to find one that suits your personal tastes.

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Mezcal Gimlet

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Easy

This bright and balanced cocktail is tart, sweet, and full of smokey mezcal flavor.

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Classic Mai Tai

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Easy

This tropical cocktail is the perfect fruity refreshment for a hot summer day.

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Vanilla Rum Swizzle

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Easy

Swizzling is an easy stirring technique used to make a simple drink with layers of flavor.

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Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

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Easy

Boosted with the sweet and toasty flavor of fresh vanilla bean, this syrup will add subtle complexity to a variety of cocktails.

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An Introduction to Using Vinegars in Cocktails

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Intermediate

Using vinegar in cocktails adds a savory element and a surprising burst of flavor.

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Classic Daiquiri With A Strawberry Shrub

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Easy

This classic cocktail gets punched up with the addition of a fruity drinking vinegar.

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How to Make a Booze Slush Without a Blender

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Easy

Learn how to create a perfectly refreshing booze slush without ever touching a blender.

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