No, I have not disappeared. It's been a busy summer here in Santa Fe, but I want to share soemthing really special and new.
A little while back I wrote a post called Zen and the Art of Bartender Maintenance talking about balancing life between personal and professional. And I described one of the things I do to help balance my life. There are many like me who do this like my friends Natalie Bovis and Patricia Richards who created Mind Body Spirit offering yoga sessions for bartenders and many cocktails festivals around the country
For me it's whitewater rafting, and that is exactly where I have been the past few months: out on the Rio Grande River letting go and balancing my life.
I was blessed last June to have Novo Fogo Cachaca take interest in my way of aligning my world, and they added me to a wonderful series they produce called The Balanced Bartender.
Check out the video here.
Peace my friends, and hope you find your Zen as well. Comment and share how you balance your life.
Bartender, manager, historian, and all round drink geek
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Born in Sewanee, Tennessee and raised in small town Georgia, Chris “Mr. Magoo” Milligan began tending bar in college. After graduating with a degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of West Georgia, Chris decided he wanted to move to the culinary Mecca of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has lived and worked for the better part of 16 years.
Chris’ 26 year career as a food and beverage professional (includes 22 years as a bartender) has led him everywhere from family to fine dining, nightclubs, adult entertainment clubs, and international chains. Working in all facets of restaurant operations, Chris focuses on training, consulting and educating others about mixology and the world of hospitality. He has trained bartenders, managers, and restaurant owners all over the Southwest, and has helped to create training material for some of the top restaurants in the country.
Spending his spare time playing guitar, enjoying the outdoors and reading about cocktail history, Chris continues to be an influential part of the mixology world as the founder and writer of The Santa Fe Barman blog which is syndicated here and by USBGPulse Chris is also the host of the video series Straight Up on SantaFe.com.
Chris is a sought after cocktail competition judge, and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Travel Channel’s “Best of the Road” show. In 2012, Chris was honored with The New Mexico Restaurant Association’s “Employee Excellence Award” for his work and dedication to the craft of mixology and hospitality, and was the winner of Pride Santa Fe’s Signature Cocktail Competition. In 2013 Chris' cocktail led Secreto lounge to be voted Best Cocktail by The Santa Fe reporter's Best Of Reader's Poll.
Part historian and part entertainer, Chris is a bartender of the classic style and still loves working each night behind the bar serving his guests and creating new drinks as well as contemporary interpretations of vintage cocktails.
Currently, Chris Milligan is the Bar Manager & Mixologist at Secreto Lounge in the historic Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe, New Mexico.