Serving with Style

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.