Let’s start here: There’s a bar at our booth at The Cable Show.
That’s right. We’re having a happy hour every day starting at 1pm. We have a great Mixologist from Brooklyn, N.Y. here serving up some cocktails for you to enjoy when you stop by booth 2849. And not only that, you’ll receive a $5.00 credit at www.redtouchmediastore.com to score some great songs.
We sat down and talked with our Mixologist, Selma, on the art of Mixology.
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself. I am from Denmark. I have lived in New York since I moved here 6 years ago. Washington, D.C. is the furthest south I’ve ever been. I once took the train to Iowa, that was cool. It took about a day and a half. I don’t mind at all, you always meet people on trains. It kind of mirrors bar-tending well in the sense that there are no social barriers on trains… it’s like that as a bartender. You can have conversations with just about anyone.
How long have you been tending bar? I’ve been a bartender for 8 years, but I’ve been in the service industry for over 20 years. I’ve done it all- cooking, waitressing, being a bar-back. My favorite is tending bar, though. I am a bartender at two different places in Brooklyn.
What’s it like being a mixologist? How does one go from being a bartender, to being a mixologist? Being a mixologist is a lot of work. It’s like cooking or running a kitchen. It’s about texture, temperature, flavors, ingredients. We come in hours before service to prep the drinks. And serving is like putting on a show. People have a tendency to come in and bartend for a little while and then call themselves mixologists. Mixology is a craft and you have to work your way up, learn the ins and outs of bartending. Like cooking, there is always more to learn.
For you, what is the best part about tending bar? One of the most important things to remember as a bartender: You’re not serving drinks, you’re serving people. On Friday and Saturday nights it’s so busy, but on slower nights you really get to talk to people or whip up something special. All good cocktails have a good story behind them. People will pour their hearts out to a bartender. I love my regulars. I have this one couple that comes in a lot and brings their children and I’ll make the little girl a special “mocktail.” Her mom was telling me she will go to school and talk about how she wants to go to the bar and get a cocktail!
I’m sure there are a million crazy stories you could share with us from your experiences as a bartender! Oh wow… so many stories! Well a couple of weeks ago this guy was sitting at a table and he was really drunk and I was eyeing him and he wasn’t ordering anything. Then I noticed out of the corner of my eye he was trying to make himself throw up! I walked over to him and I was like, “Buddy, you can’t do that.” He sat straight up and he just threw his hands up in the air and started dancing! I could go on and on with weird and crazy stories but we’ll just leave it at that for now…
See what we did with our wishing well here: http://www.redtouchmedia.com/the-wishing-well-made-it-safely-to-the-salt-lake-office/