Fort Worthian: Megan McClinton – Fort Worth Magazine

Megan McClinton is a master of the craft. The craft cocktail that is. McClinton — owner of popular bottle store Tricks of the Trade Spirits & Supplies — has become a prominent figure in the Fort Worth bar scene over the past 10 years, finding her footing in various roles in lounges, tasting rooms and bars across the city before embarking on opening his own boutique.

“I had the idea for the store in mind for a while, and the onset of the pandemic really solidified the decision,” says McClinton.

Being a bartender wasn’t always the plan. McClinton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster in London. After stumbling into the service industry to help pay for her education, McClinton found she was drawn to the idea of ​​creating an experience.

“I just liked to host a party for people,” she says. “Whether it’s a cocktail menu or organizing my senior show, it’s more about putting something together for someone to experience.”

While many may be familiar with McClinton’s delicious house cocktail recipes, his influence behind the bar has gone largely unnoticed.

When not working or acting, as she jokingly suggests, a “professional admirer” of the Fort Worth fine arts scene, McClinton invests her time in collaborative efforts across industry and the community at large.

“The bar community is very supportive of each other,” McClinton says. “It’s like a second family.”

Prior to starting her current career, McClinton briefly worked in the non-profit sector where she gained valuable insight into fundraising. She skilfully uses her experience and expertise to support causes close to her heart.

From 2017 to 2019, McClinton led the Ultimate Cocktail Experience charity event in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to benefit Trigger’s Toys. More recently, McClinton was recruited to join the committee of Craft, a bartending contest that raises money for Chron’s & Colitis Foundation.

“It’s a fun event that raises money for a good cause while bringing together lots of bartenders who can show off their skills,” says McClinton.

As an East Texas native, much of McClinton’s success comes from her familiarity with her community.

“Business in general is relationship-based,” she says. “Knowing the people in the community and having had the time to build those relationships has influenced how I’ve structured my business.


DIY Desert Flower Margarita

Ingredients:

1.5 ounce Banhez Joven Mezcal

½ ounce Combier Elderflower Liqueur (Elderflower)

½ ounce Liquid Alchemist prickly pear syrup

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

1 pinch of salt

Directions:

Rim rocks glass with Halo del Santo.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake.

Strain over fresh ice into your prepared rocks glass.

Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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