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 National Drinking Days

We all know about Saint Patrick's Day. What about all of the fun adult national drinking days of the year that we may be missing out on?

 • National Bloody Mary Day - January 1 - The perfect drink for cheap vodka. The Bloody Mary is the US's most popular alcoholic drink for brunch. The Bloody Mary is considered "The World's Most Complex Cocktail." This is because it covers almost the entire range of human taste sensations.  

• National Margarita Day - February 22 - Meaning Daisy in Spanish. You probably don't want to let the name fool you. This cool summertime drink made with your favorite tequila will sneak up on you pretty fast. Jimmy Buffett's 1977 release of "Margaritaville" says all you need to know about the Margarita.

• National Absinthe Day - March 5 - At 124 proof and known for its greenish appearance, Absinthe takes its name from the Greek word wormwood. Despite popular belief Absinthe is legal and it will not make you hallucinate.

• National Beer Day - April 7 - Due to the end of prohibition, April 7, 1933 was the first day people could legally buy and drink beer again.

• National Wine Day - May 25 -Finally, a holiday to do what we do everyday anyways!

• National Martini Day - June 19 - Martini facts- - Always stir a traditional martini, never shake it. Shaking causes the gin to bruise.
-It is considered unlucky to have 2 olives in a martini. 1 or 3... never 2
-Garnished with a real diamond, you can buy a $10,000 martini at the Algorquin Hotel in New York City.

 • National Tequila Day - July 24 - Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. Most people think that blue agave is from the cactus family. However, it actually stems from the lily family

• National Whiskey Sour Day - August 2 - Dating back to the late 1800's. The Whiskey Sour may not be the most popular drink out there. But, could very well be one of the best!

•National Talk like a pirate Day - September 19 - Drink some rum and talk like a pirate....

-Shiver me timbers.
-Aye-aye
-Ahoy
-Lad or Lassie
- Blimey
- Dead men tell no lies.

What's your favorite pirate saying?

 • National Vodka Day - October 4 - Russian word "Zhiznennia Voda" which means "THE WATER OF LIFE" Vodka is the highest selling liquor in the United States. Vodka can be made of just about anything that is fermentable. Unlike other spirit's, vodka does not need to be stored and matured.

• National Gin Day - November 7 - The Gin Rickey -Made in a high-ball glass of gin, ice, sparkling water and a half squeezed lemon dropped in, the Gin Rickey was the most popular drink of the 19th and 20th century.

•  National Bartender Appreciation Day - December 5 - Bartender Appreciation Day was started by Sailor Jerry Rum to show appreciation for all the hard work bartenders do.....Show your favorite bartender some love.

Tell us who your favorite bartender is......

These are just a few of the National Drinking days. Check out the link below for many more..........

www.mixologydiary.com/national-drink-days-calendar



 

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Obtaining a Bartending position....

Yes! You have landed an interview for a bartending position. However, bartending interviews are not the same as your more common 9 to 5 job interviews. Here are some key suggestions that we think you may need to know and take with you on your interview.

• Get yourself familiar with the establishment. You can Google them ahead of time and get a pretty good idea of what type of establishment it is. You can also visit the establishment prior to the interview, not letting anyone know why you're there, just observe your surroundings and get a feel for the place. This will give you an idea of what their bar is stocked with and what their set up is.

• First impression is everything. Dress for successes. The first thing an employer/manager is going to notice is your appearance. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the establishment in which you are applying for. Make sure you are showered, teeth are brushed, fingernails are clean and that you smell good. Do not smoke before your interview or chew gum or mints during the interview. Most establishments are looking for non-smoking bartenders. 

• Smile and bring your A game with you, the employer/manager is going to be looking for an outgoing, upbeat, confident person with charm, charisma and a friendly attitude. Remember there's a difference between confident and cocky.

• Have a firm hand shake.

• Be on time and prepared for your interview. Never be more than ten minutes early and NEVER, EVER be one minute late. If you have to reschedule the interview, make sure it's in advance and that you speak with the interviewer directly. Do not leave a message. However, if you choose to reschedule, no matter what the reason. Chances are you will not get another opportunity for an interview with that establishment. Have a pen in hand and a recent copy of your resume, certifications and references with you. Do not bring any friends, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, children or pets along with you to the interview. Believe me! It has been known to happen.

• Know and recognize the Beers, Spirits and Wines that would most likely be sold at that establishment. Also, make sure you are up to date with the latest, most common and frequently requested brands.

• The Employer/manager may ask you to write down or make a few drinks. So, know how to make the classics.- Martini, Manhattan, Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan and White Russian. You will find that most employers will ask you to make drinks that can be made several different ways. Or that can be made with using well, premium or top shelf ingredients. An employer wants to know that you can up sell a product or that these recipes can slightly change depending on the establishment or customers preference.

• Let the employer/manager know that mixing a drink is not your only qualification.

  Tell them that you are a reliable team player who is willing to jump in to help with other duties and that you are willing to help cover other shifts if needed.

That you have the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure all while waiting on customers.

That you have the ability to keep a neat, well organized, well stocked bar.

You have very strong customer service skills, and that you consider yourself a friendly people person.

• The employer/manager will probably have some pretty simple questions to ask you. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have, nothing looks worse then you rolling your eyes or waiting through an awkward silence while you are trying to think of something to say. Here's a list of questions that they may ask during an interview.  
 
   BE READY.......

1. Tell me a little about yourself?
2. Why do you like bartending?
3. Why should we hire you?
4. What kind of bartending or serving experience do you have? Have you ever attended a bartending/mixology certification course?
5. When someone has had too much to drink, how would you handle the situation?
6. What's your favorite drink to make?
7. How much do you pour for a single shot?
8. Why did you leave your last job?
9. Do you have a problem working weekends, holidays or covering other shifts if needed?
10. Are you certified in Alcohol Safety? If so, do you have your certification with you?

Good Luck, Hope you get the job!!!!!

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Do you ever wonder who created the Long Island Iced Tea? This popular cocktail is all the rage in bars and restaurants around the world, yet the inventor goes unknown. Have you created a tasty drink that has friends knocking on your door or customers gathering around your bar wanting more? If so, don’t let your amazing creation go unnoticed! By obtaining a Cocktail Copyright through the Professional Bartending Advisory Board, you will receive an authentic citation, which  makes an excellent addition to any drinking establishment or bartending resume.

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