Mixology is the art and/or science of mixing cocktails. It is not bartending. While often the two terms are connected with each other, a bartender knows how to make basic drinks and serve beer, wipe the counter down, and work at lightning speed to serve drinks in a crowded bar.
A mixologist however, is a person who develops and knows how to balance a cocktail and serve it to perfection every time. Today this is a very gray area. Sometimes you have free-pouring bartenders who call themselves mixologists when all they really do is know how to shake a martini or whatever the signature cocktail du jour is. While both bartenders and mixologist are very important when it comes to the hospitality business, it is important to remember a mixologist does not belong in a college bar and a bartender does not belong in a restaurant or lounge who are charging $11+ per cocktail. I can give you a dozen examples of situations where and how this term is abused, but I’d rather just go into details about what it is, rather than what it is not.
- Dash = 3 drops approximately
- Gill = 4 ounces or 120ml (this is an old fashioned measurement)
- Teaspoon = 5ml
- Tablespoon = 1/2oz or 15ml
- Pony = 1 ounce or 30ml
- Jigger = 1.5 ounces or 45ml
- Jigger or Measuring Glass
- Ice, Ice Cubes, Ice Molds – Yes it matters!
- Sweeteners & Syrups
- A Good Attitude
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