I remember watching One Tree Hill five years ago, when Chad Michael Murray was the hunkiest of hunks (before he became that jerk who cheated on Sophia Bush and got engaged to a high-school senior). Even though CMM is long gone, and the show had to switch its 9pm slot with Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill still has a pulse. Now in its seventh season, a new underdog has been introduced — a charming, bearded bartender whose onscreen personality is not too different from his real one. Actor Mike Grubbs plays a version of himself, a character called “Grubbs” who has a knack for guessing what customers want to drink before they order. Grubbs is more than just an alcohol clairvoyant; he reveals himself to be a talented musician with hidden demons, too. (Would you expect any less from the CW?)
Like a good method actor, the real-life Grubbs had experience for the role. He’s a musician, fronting the band Wakey!Wakey! — he scored the OTH gig by impressing the show’s creator, Mark Schwahn, at an open mic at Park Slope’s Bar 4. The actor also spent some time behind the mahogany bar at Schiller’s http://bbook.com/guides/details/schillers-liquor-bar. The on- and off-screen cocktail shaker shares with us his all-time favorite winter drink, a riff on the French 75, which Grubbs calls Poire 75.
Poire 75 2/3 oz Poire William 1 1/3 oz Remy Martin 1/3 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp sugar Dash of cinnamon Champagne
Shake all above ingredients well and strain into a champagne flute. Top with your favorite champagne and enjoy!