You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Learning from local award winning bartender

Tips to help you make perfect drinks at home.

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.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in

Create the life you want by making good decisions
Create the life you want by making good decisions

In this week’s column, I am giving you a test. It is designed to get you thinking about how you have been living in your home and what changes you want to make moving forward. The test will help you objectively decide what to keep and what to part with when going through your belongings. Choose only one answer to each question. It’s not...
Climbing Chihuahua attempts daring escape at Denver shelter
Climbing Chihuahua attempts daring escape at Denver shelter

The dog kennels at the Denver Animal Shelter do not have tops on them, but that wasn’t a problem until Pearl arrived. The shelter posted a photo of the agile Chihuahua trying to make a daring escape from her enclosure. It looks like she almost made it, too. But Pearl didn’t spend much time at the Denver shelter. She was so shy that...
Here is a lot of puppy love on National Puppy Day 
Here is a lot of puppy love on National Puppy Day 

A little puppy love is a very good thing.  We have buckets of it in our newsroom.   Today and everyday — who are we kidding? — is National Puppy Day.  In recognition of the day, we asked the owners of puppies (and former puppies) in our newsroom to share their photos. One thing was clear: staff members representing...
Effort underway to ban smoking on Veterans Affairs sites across U.S.
Effort underway to ban smoking on Veterans Affairs sites across U.S.

An Ohio congressman has targeted smoking at Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinics and campuses nationwide. U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Iraq war veteran and a doctor, has introduced House legislation that would immediately ban smoking inside VA health care clinics and hospitals and outdoors within five years. “Exposure to second hand...
3-year-old Georgia girl snatches skull cap from Pope Francis’ head 
3-year-old Georgia girl snatches skull cap from Pope Francis’ head 

  He went in for a kiss and she went for his hat! A little girl from Douglasville, Georgia, had the encounter of a lifetime with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The girl and her family had been waiting hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of the pope, when he arrived nearby and reached out to kiss the 3-year-old girl named Estella. Francis kissed...
More Stories