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New York’s Best Bartender 2015: Finalist Maura McGuigan

Get to know Maura McGuigan, one of the top 10 finalists in this year’s competition

Maura McGuigan, BKB, New York's Best Bartender 2015
Photograph: Rayon Richards
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Bar: BKB

Been a bartender for: 15 years

Signature drink: Paper Ships

What’s the best thing about being a bartender? I've been extremely fortunate to have had amazing teachers who have selflessly shared their knowledge with me and empowered me to become a teacher myself.

What’s your all-time favorite drink? Margaritas or Manhattans. Either I want something light and refreshing or stirred and spirited. I have such a wide acceptance of a margarita—even if it’s a bad one with sour mix or a frozen one at a resort or on a beach, I still think it’s good.

Who, living or dead, would you love to have a drink with? Charles H. Baker Jr., a writer who traveled the world eating and drinking and wrote about it. His book Jigger, Beaker and Glass is my go-to. He met so many different people and had the same drink made hundreds of different ways all over the world. It would be great to just get him three sheets to the wind to see what he had to say.

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