5375 Hibiscus Drive , Naples, FL
At the Irish pub, Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Lounge, a favorite drink to order is a Guinness draft beer, but bartender Stephanie Dangler likes to make rumrunners and margaritas.
“I love my gold margaritas,” she said. The 44-year-old uses tequila and adds Grand Marnier for the golden kick.
“A lot of customers love their Irish whiskies though,” Dangler added.
One of her favorite specialty cocktails that appears on the menu is a drink titled the “garden of good and evil.” It consists of Ketel One vodka, mixed with banana liqueur, White Cream de Cacao and Chamborg.
“It’s shaken and served chilled and up,” Dangler said.
The cocktail costs $8, but from 11 to 6 p.m. everyday the bar is serving up reduced drink prices.
Though Dangler has called her spot behind the bar at Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Lounge home for about five years, she’s not too new to the game. She’s been bartending for 25 years and keeps doing it despite owning her own pest control company.
“I just love it. I can’t get it out of my system,” Dangler said.
She has learned to take her job very seriously over the years, and becomes an important part of her customers’ lives.
“If we don’t see someone for a few days, we’re calling to make sure they’re OK,” she said.
“Tending bar is not a game. It really is a profession. You really have to be careful and gain the trust of your customers. You worry about them. I worry. I take it to heart,” Dangler said.
IF YOU GO
Erin’s Isle Restaurant and Lounge, 6190 Collier Blvd., Naples
Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Starting Oct. 11, breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.