I’m 19-and-a-half years old (and yes, I still keep track of the halves, mmkay? :)), meaning I’m eligible to work as a bartender both in my home state and the state I go to school in. I’ve researched both and I’ve generally figured out how to get my bartending licenses in both states, but what I don’t know is how I’m supposed to learn how to… well, bartend. Someone somewhere has to teach me how to actually mix together the right liquids and put them in the right glass, no?
You’re probably wondering, “Aren’t you a college student? Don’t you have plans to become a lawyer? Why are you looking at bartending as a job?” Basically, I want to grow up to be this guy:
Okay, so maybe not exactly like Nick, but I’ve always thought bartending would be a fun job to have. I’ll need something to put me through law school, won’t I? (Actually, I’ll need something to put me through my undergrad years, too. Private school is a mighty financial burden.) Anyway, I’ve always liked trying exotic and new (non-alcoholic) drinks, and as a result I’ve always wanted to learn how to make my own (which also explains why I’ve so desperately been trying to get a job at Starbucks since I was fifteen; being a barista is another hope of mine). I think I’d have fun with a job in bartending; at the very least, I’d have a set of pretty sweet skills in my arsenal.
So, after one is certified to serve liquor, how does one actually learn to make all those drinks and whatnot? That’s my burning question. If there are any bartenders out there who want to share the wisdom… come here. Be my friend. Teach me your waaaaaaaaaays.