Mixologist: Throw back a drink at chic Medallion steakhouse 

Medallion: With its steakhouse persona front and center, we figured Medallion would be a tried-and-true man cave cloaked in heavy fabrics, burgundies, cigar smoke (if it were legal) and carts whisking around with giant portions of prime rib. Imagine our pleasant surprise to find an airy, well-lit, delightful and chic lounge-inspired ambiance. Not only is there the cocktail lounge — there is the killer outdoor patio that in the summertime is going to be as packed as Medjool’s roof deck. Not too far-fetched a goal given that it is the same folks behind Medjool that are now behind this Peninsula venture. We chatted up bartender Chadwick Baum, who, for someone who makes a living bringing people liquid escapism, might be one of the most grounded people we’ve ever met. 1095 Rollins Road, Burlingame, (650) 342-4922, www.medallionsteak.com

How’d you get into bartending? I’ve been tending bar for 17 years. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long. How time passes! I started tending bar at a little gay bar in San Mateo when I was 21. As a straight man from the Central Valley, it was a big culture shock, but it was always interesting and fun. I had a great time and still keep in touch with friends from back then.

Where are you from originally? Modesto, and please don’t say that you’re “Sorry to hear that”! It was actually a good place growing up back then. After I graduated, I moved to Maui for a couple years, had a great time, but got island fever and then moved to the Bay Area and have been here ever since.

If you are going to order a cocktail, what does it tend to be? I either order a liqueur named Fernet Branca (which has become very popular, especially in the Bay Area) or I order a very special aperitif named Lillet. My wife and I actually named our 3-year-old daughter after this aperitif. Early in our marriage, during troubled times, we would always go to a nice lounge, order a glass of Lillet and talk out our problems. We always joked that if we were to ever get through the issues we were having, and we were ever to have a child together, and that child were to be a little girl, we would have to name her Lillet. It’s such a pretty name and has a deep meaning to both of us.

If you could serve a drink to anyone (living or dead), who would it be? Wow, I’d have to say Eckhart Tolle, who authored the books “The Power of Now” and “The New Earth.” His books have changed my life; they emphasize being present at all times, appreciating every beautiful moment we have and accepting what is.

What’s the strangest drink request you’ve ever gotten? I’d have to say the strangest request was a Hennessey Paradis and Coke. Keep in mind, this is a $50 drink! As a bartender who appreciates fine spirits, that day I cringed at having to take part in devaluing and disrespecting such a fine liqueur as this by mixing it with box coke.

Medallion 

- 1½ oz. Milagro Blanco tequila
- 1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liquor
- 1½ oz. Sweet and sour
- ½ oz. Aperitea Chamomile Citrus Berry
- ½ Squeezed lime

Shake well, serve up with an orange twist.

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