I’ve always had a fascination with drinks. It took about three or four weeks to get my certification. It’s weird because right after I got certified, even though I got a B+ in the class, I was kind of afraid to go out there and start working as a mixologist. Last year I had the opportunity to do events, parties and weddings and that was actually the first time that I took out the time to actually do it.
In your opinion, what’s the difference between a mixologist and a bartender?
Me personally, I like to take different liquors and mix them together and take liqueurs and start mixing. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to name them, I just go with what I know that tastes good. I come up with the title of my signature drink at the end and keep track of what I added into it and how much.
A bartender is somebody who you can go to at a wedding or whatever and pour you a drink. A mixologist takes the time to mix and experiment with different liquors and liqueurs and comes up with the title at the end.
What do you like about being a mixologist?
Add the Disaronno, rum, sweet and sour mix, schnapps, and sour apple pucker/grenadine/pineapple mixture to the cup with the muddled fruits.
With the empty martini glass, rim with caramel syrup (preferred choice for the Christmas season) or honey. Gently sprinkle red and green sugar crystals around the rim of the glass. Half red/half green around the glass. the client asks me to create a signature drink that corresponds to what type of event it is. Knowing I created something just for them gives me joy. Glass cocktail when they look at it. Just how I use my garnish, like not everybody uses rock candy as a garnish, and how I stack it whether I’m doing rock candy or Jolly Ranchers. Or if I’m doing an apple martini, I’ll cascade it upwards. I just love to experiment with different candies and other things.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to start my own LLC and by next year have my own brand where I’m going out and catering different weddings and events and affairs under my name.