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Scott Christian is a walking, talking encyclopedia of cocktails. He can mix a drink as quickly as it would take him to rattle off the recipe.

If you ask him nicely, he can probably do both at the same time.

The Beavercreek T.G.I. Friday’s bartender recently returned from his company’s World Bartending Championship — held earlier this month in Dallas, Texas — being able to to boast of being ranked one of the 10 best bartenders in the world.

The competition was as stiff as the drinks being poured. More than 8,000 bartenders from around 900 Friday’s locations in 60 countries were looking to make it to the finals. Ultimately, 10 bartenders from five countries made the final cut.

“I have practiced daily for three years,” said Christian, 29, who has been with the company for almost nine years. “I have a pour tester at home and to practice and measure the accuracy of my free pours. I study the recipe book, which is constantly changing, and try to be as well-rounded of a competitor as I can. In this competition it is not nearly enough to have great flair behind the bar; you have to be fast, clean (no drops or spills), accurate, knowledgeable, and if you do well in those categories, you get to showcase your skills on the big stage.”

Although he didn’t nab bragging rights to first place this year (that went to a competitor from Japan), he still made it to the final stage and managed to impress the judges.

Although he graduated from Wright State University in December and now works full time for Dixie Chiropractic, Christian sees no end in sight to his T. G. I. Friday’s shifts that typically take place Friday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. at his location at 2799 Centre Drive, Beavercreek.

“I plan on competing next year; I plan on making it next year and I plan on making it at least this far next year. I don’t see myself being a bartender forever, but I also don’t see myself stopping anytime soon because it’s something I love and have a passion for,” Christian said.

Here is a recipe from Christian that will wow guests at home.


This is a spin on a traditional Cuba Libre.


1 oz. Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum

1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum

2 Lime Squeezes (Discard)

Top with 2 1/2 oz. Cola


Build and garnish with 1 lime squeeze and a sip straw.


This was a drink ordered by one of the judges during competition that Christian had to mix on the fly.


1 1/4 oz. Jack Daniels

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

2 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix

Top with 3 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda


Mix the first three ingredients with no ice and pour over a glass of ice, top with the Lemon-Lime Soda, garnish with a lemon squeeze and a straw.

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