About the Original Spunky Spirit
I have to start out telling the truth…bartending is not the best job I do…BEING A MOM IS! I have 3 small, beautiful children and I’m in love with my Mommy job.
I bartended, waitressed and managed restaurants in NJ for 15 years, where we moved from in 2004. Although I love singing to Barney and dancing to the Wiggles, I missed pouring Martinis, flippin’ bottles, inventing new shots and laughing with folks who need a beer….instead of a bottle.
As I began attending catered events in my new neighbors’ homes, I was surprised to see the guests were only offered basic cocktails like rum & coke, vodka & tonic and maybe a martini. I would run home and get some different mixers and create fun, “spunky” cocktails for my friends. I was also surprised to find out that the catered bar charged the host over $10 per person and the host didn’t get to keep any of the opened stock.
Thus, Spunky Spirits was established in 2006 with the idea: create a custom bar menu, suited for each individual party w/themed cocktails & supply a shopping list for the host with the option of Spunky Spirits taking care of the shopping for them. This way, the guests get fun drinks and the host gets to keep the liquor at the end of the party and there are no worries.
My motto each day used to be…Make a great drink and make someone’s day! However, I think the best description of my bartending is a quote from a dead man… I didn’t realize that I was doing a good job until I was summoned to a lawyer’s office for a reading of a will. It was from one of my old customers that I hadn’t seen in about 1 year. He left me money in his will and a note reading – “Thanks for all the great martinis, great conversations and smiles – cheers!”
All the “spunky” bartenders have this memorable spunk. I am very proud of all who represent Spunky Spirits!
One last but very important note: I owe so much to my Dad, John Patrick. None of this business could go on day-to-day without him. He helps me support my kids in so many ways because of his love of them and my crazy schedule. He allowed Spunky Spirits to start in his garage, use his home, water, electricity and most of all, remains patient with me through this crazy business. (Of course he has the “perk” of chatting with pretty, young Spunky bartenders every Saturday)!! Thanks “Dat.”