1. What is your definition of mixology?
I define mixology as the exotic, innovative form of cocktail construction by mixing ingredients from around the world.
2. What’s the main difference between a mixologist and a bartender?
This has become a point of contention within the industry with the two terms being used interchangeably. Mixologists and bartenders play different although essential roles in the industry.
Bartenders should be well versed in hard and soft liquor. They should be experts on speedy and efficient cocktail construction and possess a superb command of popular and classic cocktail recipes.
Mixologists are primarily dedicated to creating new recipes for exotic cocktails based on their mastery of the classics. A lot of my time is spent alone at my private bar developing new cocktails. It is a much more experimental and venturesome vocation. If it weren’t for past mixologists experimenting with liquor pairings in their recipes, we wouldn’t have margaritas or cosmopolitans. Imagine!
To stay at the forefront of new trends in the liquor industry, master mixologists also consult at bars and restaurants, with lounge managers and bartenders. However, they primarily work exclusively in partnership with a liquor brand to develop recipes to increase the brand’s versatility.
3. How do you feel the consumer gets compensated for paying a little more for one of your cocktail creations?
Creating the unforgettable drinking experience is at the heart of mixology. My cocktail recipes use the freshest, most organic ingredients available. This not only ensures superior flavor, it’s also healthier. I like to think the antioxidants contained in pomegranates or blueberries, for example, may help to counteract things like hangovers or liver damage for the more scrupulous drinker.Click To See Full Article