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We Made Drinks For Jon Taffer And He Actually Drank Them

What happens when we make the bar expert put us to a stress test?

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This is Jon Taffer. He's probably the most well-known nightlife/ bar consultant in the WORLD.

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He's also the mastermind behind Bar Rescue, where Jon saves gross, horribly run bars from the dumps.

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It's like the most genius show in the history of television, tbh.

Well, we decided to bring Jon into our LA office to give three of our very best ~bartenders~ the ultimate STRESS TEST.

Don't let the smile deceive you — Jon means business.
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Don't let the smile deceive you — Jon means business.

Our three contestants were (from left to right) Erin, Kristin, and Leo.

Do you see those stares? They were thirsty for victory.
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Do you see those stares? They were thirsty for victory.

We provided our contestants with every ingredient an aspiring bartender might need:

The only rule? It had to be bourbon-based.
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The only rule? It had to be bourbon-based.

And then the clock started ticking. The contestants got seven minutes to create their best drink.

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Unfortunately, we didn't have a horn to blare every time they messed up — true stress-test style.

At one point, Erin even stole Kristin's cherry skewer (shady) so Kristin had to run to find another one.

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(Erin eventually gave it back — heart of gold).

After seven arduous minutes, it was time for Jon to taste everyone's work.

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First up was Kristin's drink.

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And he LIKED it!

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Kristin took bourbon, sweet red vermouth, bitters, and maraschino cherries to make her drink. She is adamant that you have to STIR WITH A SPOON and not shake because if you shake, then the drink gets "all watered down and gross."

But how did he feel about Leo's concoction?

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Yeah, he wasn't the... biggest fan.

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Leo used ice, honey, lemon, mint, and of course, bourbon to create, in her words, "a hot toddy but cold."

This cold toddy didn't impress Jon at all so... "REJECT!"

Last up was Erin, who was feeling reaaaaaally confident about her drink.

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So much so that she finished about two minutes before everyone else and did a little trash talking to the other contestants.

Unfortunately for her, it looks like she spent too little time on that mix of hers.

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Well, thanks for asking, Jon! Erin used bourbon, grenadine, a little sugar, and a cherry. Erin really enjoys drinking whiskey in its "natural state" and according to her, took a "very minimalist approach, and tried to cut the whiskey with some sweetness. But mainly it was just straight booze."

Jon wasn't about this so-called minimalist approach so he deemed it, "Disqualified!"

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So that means the winner was (drumroll please)...

... KRISTIN!!! And Jon had some precious words for our victor.

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Oh, Jon — never change.

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Luckily, the two losers still got to keep their jobs and bartend another day!

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Make sure you watch Jon on Bar Rescue every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Spike!

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