Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius
Bartending is one of the oldest crafts in North America. I will save the full historical tale for another day, but rest assured that the craft of bartending and the skills involved came over the Atlantic Ocean with settlers of the 15th & 16th century.
With such a storied history and a growing list of characters, legends, and mentors, it is no wonder that bartending has become such serious business.
For some, bartending is a “summer job”, and for others, it is a lifestyle and a craft. (like us!)
[quote_center]Here are 15 signs that bartending is likely a lot more than just your J-O-B.[/quote_center]
1) By default you use a bar-spoon to stir everything.
and when you are left with a teaspoon, it is weird for just a second.
2) Your “sugar & sweetener” collection is borderline obsessive,
and you have stopped telling people about it.
You actually have so much sugar that you do things like this with it….which you learned at work,
3) “Simple Syrup” gets more complicated by the day,
partly because of #2.
4) Deciding on your new home in part because of the glassware storage,
because you never know when an impromptu after work “learning session” will happen.
5) Speaking of “learning sessions”, one happened in your home that looked just like this, and with this book,
6) Because of it, your kitchen usually has one or two of these lying around,
7) and as such, your bitters collection rivals most peoples entire home bars.
8) You used the counter space where the microwave should go for more back bar space.
9) Vodka that lasts more than 24 hours ends up looking like this,
“because you can” and it is a great way to keep the near “OFF” fruits and vegetables in your fridge.
10) You have a shelf dedicated to “old school” style products,
and you just judged the hell out of this picture.
11) You are not afraid to “build up” to keep everything at arms reach,
12) Even though you have clear vermouth “issues”,
and let’s not get started on the “aromatized” wines.
13) Your most prized possessions look something like this;
and (un)fortunately nothing like this…
14) Every house guest wants whatever you keep in THERE!
even though THIS is where you keep the really good stuff,
just a little out of sight.
15) Lastly, you made one of these cocktails in the last 48 hours,
for yourself. You fought with the idea of the ingredients for way too long because of #1-#14.
Happy bartending fellow brothers and sisters of the spoon.
We know so many more signs of being a bartender, please feel free to comment on anything you think we missed.