“I’m more of a mediator,” says Shim Sham bartender Joe Graves, who created the refreshingly minty and boozy drink featured on the cover of our 2018 Drink Issue. Besides his unquestionable talent for crafting exquisite and delicious drinks, Graves—who counts “self-confidence” and “empathy” as important parts of his skillset—perfectly reflects the culture defining, relationship building spirit of drinking conveyed in our July issue. 

Here we asked Graves five questions.

Photo: Cole LoCurto

Do you consider yourself a bartender or a mixologist?

Neither. I would say I’m more of a mediator. It’s important in my job to have communication skills, respect of peers, self confidence, empathy, and the ability to speak in front of groups.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen while bartending?

People taking shots out of their shoes.

What’s the most cringe-worthy moment you’ve experienced while tending bar?

I once saw someone swallow a lit Jeffrey

How has the word craft impacted your industry?

It gives us a platform to display skills and passion when brewing beer and/or mixing cocktails.

What’s the most important item to have in your home bar?

Someone to drink with!


Featured Cocktail: The Jibber Jab Ingredients: mint, lemon, lime, Chartieuse, Disaronno, St. Germain, Grand Marnier // Photo: Cole LoCurto


This sponsored feature originally appeared in Void Magazine, Vol. 9, Issue 3, The Drink Issue.