You may think the bartender at your favorite watering hole has all the right moves, but this month it’s undeniable that Boulevardíer’s Eddie Eakin is a man on fire. He recently entered a challenge issued by Town and Country and this month his winning cocktail will be featured in the lifestyle magazine’s esteemed pages. Affectionately dubbed the Town and Country, the cocktail was designed to evoke the “spirit of Americana” and blends Bulleit bourbon, Crown Maple dark amber syrup, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth and Bar Keep apple bitters. Eakin describes it as a mix between two timeless classics — the Manhattan and the old fashioned.
And here’s a tidbit other bartenders are going to hate him for; this was his first contest entry — ever. Eakin says he was as shocked as anyone to hear the good news. “I thought they were joking when they told me,” the energetic young bar manager says. “It was extremely flattering to win. Just to have professionals of that caliber in NYC judging my drink was pretty cool.” The win is sure to have him flying high all month. It’d be a great time to drop in and enjoy a cocktail with Eakin at Boulevardíer, where his elegant beverages have been balancing out the bistro’s thoughtful culinary creations for over a year now.
Tell me about your first day bartending.
It was twelve years ago at Saltgrass Steakhouse. I was doused in every drink I was trying to make because I couldn’t seal a Boston shaker to save my life. I dropped a lot of stuff and was kind of all over the place.
How have you grown since then?
Now, every move and decision is well calculated. I know where everything is without having to look for it. It’s also nice to have designed your own bar space. Ironically, some nights I’m still covered in drinks, like simple syrup lemon juice up to my eyelids.
Who would play you in the movie of your life, and why?
Antony Michael Hall, because people have been telling me I look like him since I was 15. (I don’t get it, though.)
Describe your ideal customer.
A blank palette, someone who is interested in spirits, takes recommendations and wants to explore the world of beverages.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you behind the bar?
I was working in a club one time and I had a Heineken bottle shattered in my face. At the time, I was pouring shots for some guests and a fight broke out across the bar. One of the customers threw a bottle intended for someone else and it hit me and exploded. I still have a scar on the bridge of my nose from it. So, on my last day there my coworkers all pitched in and got me a pitcher’s mask as a gift.
What do you in your spare time?
I spend most of my free time at my Crossfit 214, where I just started coaching. I guess booze and fitness are my two things. They don’t necessarily mix but hey, keeps life interesting.
For more info: Boulevardíer is located at 408 North Bishop Ave #108, Dallas, Texas, 75208; (214) 942-1828.