Job Title : Mixologist
Mixologists mix various types of alcohol and other ingredients to create traditional cocktails and design brand-new cocktails and mixed drinks.
Mixologists are employed by clubs, bars, taverns, breweries, and distilleries, and ultimately report to an operations manager or bar manager.
Mixologists work flexible hours during all shifts, including evenings, nights, and weekends. Some businesses require mixologists to travel to food and beverage shows and other marketing events to perform presentations and talk to people about alcohol and beverages.
Duties and Responsibilities
Mixologists have specific job duties and often focus on certain types of alcohol and cocktails depending on where they work, but the core duties of mixologists are the same across all companies, breweries, and distilleries.
These duties include :
Mixing Drinks :
Mixologists make syrups, infusions, tinctures, mixed drinks, and cocktails of all types to fulfill customer orders. Mixologists take orders from customers, serve drinks, and collect money for the orders they fill.
Entertain and Educate Guests :
Mixologists entertain guests while mixing drinks, talking to customers about spirits and offering trivia and history about various alcohols to keep customers engaged and enjoying themselves.
Design New Beverage Menu Items :
Mixologists are responsible for crafting original beverage menu items and designing new, innovative cocktails using the ingredients that are already supplied by the company for which they work.
Clean and Organize Bar :
Mixologists must keep the bar area clean and organized, maintaining all sanitation standards of the business and local food and beverage laws.
Maintain Alcohol Inventory :
Mixologists are responsible for keeping the bar well stocked and fully supplied with alcohol, and for filling out inventory forms in order to replace items as needed.
Follow Alcohol Laws :
At all times, mixologists must adhere to state laws regarding alcohol consumption by checking customer identification and cutting off customers who have had too much to drink.
Make Drink Suggestions :
Mixologists suggest cocktails and mixed drinks to customers who are unsure about what they want to order.
Prepare Garnishes :
Mixologists prepare all drink garnishes and keep the garnish station continuously stocked during their shifts.
Skills and Qualifications
Mixologists must have good people skills to keep customers entertained in addition to extensive knowledge of alcohol and cocktails of all types.
Employers look for mixologists who have the following necessary skills to perform all their job functions well :
Customer service - mixologists are entertainers as well as drink servers, which requires excellent customer service and good people skills
Salesmanship - because mixologists make suggestions to guests and attempt to upsell drink orders by offering more expensive brands of alcohol or costlier cocktails, employers look for professionals with sales experience to fulfill this role
Communication skills - mixologists engage people at various marketing events as well as customers at the bar, so people who pursue this path need good verbal communication skills to succeed
Computer skills - because mixologists use point of sale systems and other computer programs, employers seek professionals with basic computer skills
Physical stamina - mixologists spend most of their working hours on their feet and performing for guests by flipping glasses and making drinks with flourishing, entertaining movements, so only those with the physical ability to perform these tasks will find success in this career