What’s the difference between a bartender and a mixologist? Well for one there is a difference between pouring a beer and enhancing the overall dining experience with precision and craft. While bartenders are certainly beneficial for restaurants, mixologists shouldn’t be ignored. Particularly in restaurants that want to be recognized for their unique drinks and/or their impeccable drink and dining pairings.

Here are some key reasons why mixology is a legitimate trade, one that restaurants should support if they want to give their guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Science is involved

Mixology isn’t exactly like biology, physiology or any of the other science-ologies out there. But it does require some science to be a great mixologist. That’s because mixology involves a certain understanding and knowledge of the chemistry of drinks.A great mixologist studies the chemistry and history of cocktails to create new flavors. They also need to understand how particular flavors in a cocktail will enhance flavors of food to add depth to diners’ entire experience.

Mixologists adapt to your menu

A great mixologist can create new work when they are presented with a new menu. If your menu changes seasonally, a mixologist can prepare new cocktails that match the seasons and also compliment the menu. They can have different specials for brunch, lunch, dinner and even special events.

A great mixologist studies the chemistry and history of cocktails to create new flavors.

Mixologists can also be hired on a consulting basis. If you only need a mixologist once a quarter to craft a new drink menu, you can hire one on the side instead of keeping one in-house throughout the year.Many mixologists make a great living this way. In fact, they might have a greater range of knowledge and experience than mixologists who work for one location. Considering they have had to craft new and unique drinks for a wider variety of establishments.

Mixologists are your “behind the scenes” bartender

Think of bartenders as your customer-facing alcohol experts and your mixologist as your “behind the scenes” expert. Mixologists focus on the quality of the drink rather than the speed at which it is poured. Use your mixologist to craft seasonal and otherwise unique drinks that match your restaurant’s atmosphere and theme.

Your bartenders will be the ones mingling with the guests, pouring drinks and making recommendations based on the carefully crafted drink menu your mixologist has prepared in advance.

Advanced training really does help

Bartending isn’t exactly the easiest job out there. People who are naturally social and have the ability to multi-task can make a decent living without getting any type of additional certification or degree.

A certified mixologist has gone through extensive training to learn the ins and outs of crafting exquisite drinks. Their training has taught them the science and background they need to know to work with your dining menu and create new concoctions. Don’t underestimate the knowledge gained through mixology certification or degree programs.

Contrary to popular belief, mixology isn’t a term that was coined by hipsters. Its root dates back to the 1850s, and it has been used in cultures worldwide, from Hong Kong to England.

It has historical roots

Contrary to popular belief, mixology isn’t a term that was coined by hipsters. Its root dates back to the 1850s, and it has been used in cultures worldwide, from Hong Kong to England. The fact that it has historical roots doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a more legitimate term than bartender. It does point to the fact that we are not the first generation to have identified a difference between a mixologist and a bartender though.

Think of a mixologist as the person who makes your drinks beautiful, the person who knows how a drink can compliment every dish on your menu. Whereas a bartender is a person who charms your guests and simply pours their drinks. There is a distinct difference between the two, which is why restaurants should have both on hand to create the ultimate dining experience for their guests. Check out Sirvo for all open bar positions and become Denver’s next great mixologist! 

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