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“I didn’t think anybody knew my name!”

That was Lauren Hood’s reaction to being named a finalist for 2017’s Sexiest Female Bartender. She has been bartending at Saltine Oyster Bar for more than two years now, and says it’s a really fun place to work.

Her favorite part of bartending, she says, is making different drinks for people with crazy requests. Some of the craziest requests she has ever had was a pickle-juice martini and a St. Germain with Guinness beer. Her response was simple: “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.”

Hood prefers whiskey, and her contribution to the fall cocktail menu at Saltine was a drink she called the Grace O’Malley. She wanted to make something fruity with whiskey. The drink includes Jack Daniel’s, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, cranberry syrup and allspice on the rocks. Hood proves that creativity, friendliness and alcohol mix well.—Arielle Dreher

Address: Saltine Oyster Bar, 622 Duling Ave., Suite 201 Jackson, MS 39216

Phone number: 601-982-2899

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