Jarrett Ricker is originally from Bay City, Michigan but he has been a Florida resident for 20 years now. He is currently tending bar at the new Crying Monk located in Cocoa Village. Jarrett has been bartending since before he could legally drink, helping out his father who owned a bar in Michigan called Ricker’s Green Hut. Come see Jarrett at The Crying Monk where you can experience live music, rustic food, and support local artists… well, after Coronavirus blows over.
What’s the best part of the job? The worst?
Best- The contagious energy and I’ve got a lot of it.
Worst- Being a therapist. I don’t remember getting a degree in psychology!
What is your drink of choice?
Double Titos Redbull; it’s nostalgic for me and brings me back to my college days.
Can you recommend a hangover cure?
Sauna at the gym followed by a surf sesh and TONS of water.
Most overrated / underrated drink?
Overrated–White Claw… It’s trash.
Underrated–Rumplemintz… Gets you trashed and your breath smells good.
What the funniest pickup line you’ve overheard while on the job?
I don’t know if it’s you or the Coronavirus, but something is taking my breathe away.
Favorite perks of being a bartender?
I’m the giver of fun. Controlling the tempo of the vibe. People come to me to have a good time.
Where do you spend your time on the other side of the bar?
In the ocean surfing. I love my dog. Family first and the gym is a must.
Tell us a quick horror story about a bartending mistake you’ve made.
When I worked at Le Petit Paris in downtown L.A., I bent down to grab a bottle and ripped my pants at the seam and was going commando. It was a long, cold night.
What is an eco friendly drink to order this month?
Sex with an Alligator because animals need love too. Or anything served with no straw.
What would you order for you last meal?
Mom’s spaghetti! Or, salad bar from Ruby Tuesday, unlimited and so good.
What is number one on your travel bucket list?
Drive the Great Barrier Reef.
What’s the strangest thing to happen while on the job?
This! The Coronavirus. Now. What’s happening. So much unknown like the demogorgen in Stranger Things. Can someone call the Duffer Brothers? We need a rewrite.
What have you drank so much of you swear you’d never drink again?
Southern Comfort, yuck!
If you could serve any celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you serve them?
Blake Lively… Panty dropper
What is your biggest pet peeve while tending bar?
When people give me a hard time when I. D. them.
Words of wisdom?
Relax, nothing is under control.