Know Your Bartender: Katie Redditt (from TLV #161)
Bar where you work and your shifts: Two Stick, six days a freaking week, so come see me! I love it when I have a FUN bar crowd! Doesn’t even have to be a big one, just fun.
Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Oxford? Vicksburg, been here one year.
In your experience, what is the most common reason to have a drink? Celebration, bad day, pretty much anything.
What’s your favorite drink? Screwdriver made with Cathead vodka—we love Cathead around here.
Where’s your favorite spot to sip in Oxford? Two Stick. I know that sounds silly but if you’re there every day you pretty much have no other options.
What are your specialties? Car Bombs, Lemon Drops, and all of Two Stick’s specialty drinks. So stop by and let me show off my skills—I’m young but I’ve got ‘em!
Early alcohol experience: The drive-thru daiquiri bar at the Daiquiri World, every weekend. Speaking of Daiquiris: come by Two Stick this weekend. I’ve learned how to make traditional homemade daiquiris and will be serving them up Thursday and Friday. Peach, Strawberry and Plum with a raw sugar rim served straight-up, yum yum! And for you old-schoolers, I even know how to make a Hemingway, so named because daiquiris were among his favorites.
Most famous customers you’ve served: John Sinclair (beat poet from the 60s), Joey Lauren Adams, and Eli Manning and family.
Who would you most like to have a drink with? Shea, if and when I can coordinate having a night off and having a babysitter at the same time, I will! (I’m a mother of a very energetic two-year-old!)
What have you been listening to so far this year? Reggae and Jazz—that’s about all my boss lets me play. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok by me.
What band could your ears not live without? Widespread Panic!
Have you bought anything awesome at The End Of All Music yet? Not yet, but whenever I get that day off I keep talking about, I’m headed straight there. I’ve heard it’s AWESOME!
Favorite movie of all time: Almost Famous (“It’s all happening.”)
Favorite sport & team: I like football, Ole Miss obviously, but UT also because my brother is the kicker—I kind of have to out of default.
What mascot would you have picked for Ole Miss? COLONEL REB!
Whatcha been reading this summer? Bartending books. I’m loving being a bartender and want to try to learn as much as possible. (I’ve found out really quickly what kind of money a “professional” bartender can make, and I like!)
What do you like best about living here? The small-town atmosphere.
What would you like to see change in Oxford? Not being pulled over everywhere I go! Also, definitely parking for the Square-this limited parking crap is for sure hurting the Square’s business, especially during the day.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen in your bar lately? The cops being called by a customer who did not think they should have to pay for their ticket after a mistake had been made (that was corrected, of course). The police were very annoyed with this man. He also had been drinking our 2-for-1 drafts for a while, hence his unrealistic approach.
Where would you be if you weren’t behind a bar? Waiting tables.
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