Checking In With Bartender Giovanni Caterino
Margaritas rule in San Diego
We caught up with Giovanni Caterino, the head bartender of San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort & Spa, to discover what he loves most about his job, how he get inspired to create new recipes, and how he likes to unwind during his down time.
What do you love most about your job, and working at Paradise Point?
I love being outside, and working in a restaurant that’s filled with good vibes.
Could you describe your approach to cocktails?
My approach can be summed up as perfection, measurement, and love.
How do you get inspired to come up with new creations?
I’m inspired by things I see throughout the day, like the guests I meet, and the ingredients we get in.
What are your bar’s best sellers, and why do you think they’re so popular?
Margaritas are the most popular, by far. We’re outside. It’s hot. It’s San Diego. The customers are right on the water, and they want something tropical.
What cocktail trends do you see, based on what your customers are ordering and requesting?
During the day guests love blended drinks, margaritas, mules and refreshing fruity drinks. At night they switch to beer, wine and bourbon.
San Diego’s a fun town. How do you like spend your downtime?
I love skateboarding, hanging at the beach, riding motorcycles, and wake boarding. I’m also interested in anything with an engine, or anything that goes fast.