As a new bartender myself, it takes a lot of concentration just to pour an accurate drink. Remembering all the recipes and counting my free-pour while having a conversation is not yet second nature to me–but it’s fun.
It takes a great deal of practice to become a good bartender, and even more to become a bartender who has flair, a.k.a. a performance bartender.
This is the only trick that I am able to do is while holding onto a bottle of alcohol: If I push it upwards with enough force so that a spoonful shoots into the air, I can catch it in the mixer, adding a dash of the ingredient to the drink.
But that’s nothing compared to these bartenders…
Flair bartending has been around for about 150 years! Legend Jerry “the professor” Thomas was a famous flair bartender in the mid-1800s, when he performed his infamous Blue Blazer (act of pouring flaming scotch from mug to mug in a long, fiery stream).There is no “correct” style of flair. Each person has their own unique style, and some are more popular than others.
How do you become a flair bartender? Practice!—At home preferably. (And break a lot of bottles.) Your ability will reflect your practice.
Flair is simply the efficiency of movement with zest. Its flipping, spinning, throwing, balancing, etc., while making cocktails.