18 Profound Insights, from Female Bartenders

What’s the most profound thing you’ve learned about yourself, or others, as a bartender?

After taking a look at most bartender lists one thing became clear. They were dominated by headlines like, ’30 Reasons Why Your Bartender Hates You’. We want to focus on the positives in our industry.

Bartenders create temporary interactions from which we hopefully yield a happy visitor, sometimes a new favorite guest haunt, if not friendships that extend beyond our venues. At our best, we’re respected and valued members of the community. Many Bartenders are happy to view their work as their profession.

We craft consumptive art meant to be destroyed within moments.

Earlier, we talked to 10 Bartenders who provided fascinating insights that resonated in the bar scene around the world. (Click here> to read Part 1). Through coincidence the Pt. 1 Bartenders were all male. While we think that the title of Bartender encompasses men and women of talent without distinction we felt it important to hear from the ladies of the barspoon.

Here’s how some notable Ladies reflected on the question asked at the top:

Profound Bartender
Aja Sax – image credit Zagat.com

“Take hospitality seriously. Take everything else with a grain of salt…

The industry is ever-changing, the trends are ever-changing. The only thing that is left when you strip it all away is that we are all there to host someone’s night, whatever that means for them. It’s our job to read them. To give them their evening to the best of our abilities.”

Aja Sax (Bar Manager & Guest Services Manager at Beverley Hotel Toronto)

Profound Bartender Regina Schauerte
Regina Schauerte
“Ingredients for a good Bar tender: equal parts empathy, patience and a sense of humor…
 

Sometimes I fear technology is keeping people disconnected. Places where you can drink and share a good laugh, or cry, will hopefully keep human interaction alive.

Having a 2-year-old has made me a more patient person and a better bartender.
I take everything I do in life pretty seriously. Making cocktails is serious business, but having a sense of fun and perspective is so much less stressful! I try to find humor in otherwise trying situations.”
 
– Regina Schauerte (Bartender Blackbird Bar SF \\ Co-founder of SipCraft, a cocktail catering and consulting company set to launch end of summer 2014)
Profound Bartender Danielle Tatarin image credit Gez McAlpine
Danielle Tatarin | image credit Gez McAlpine

“The hospitality of Bartending is what drives me. The creativity feeds me. The science behind it inspires. Through the art of it I am captured… 

Life examined through a mixing glass is a path with many roads [worth] exploring to the fullest.”

– Danielle Tatarin (General Manager of The Keefer Bar \\ Owner DesignerCocktail.com \\  2012 Vancouver Magazine Bartender of the Year)

Profound Bartender Megan Jones
Megan Jones

A smile goes a long way

Megan Jones (Bartender Reposado Bar \\ Partner in The Gaslight Bar – opening soon)

Corina Darold
Corina Darold

 “If you can make a good drink without a smile then where is the joy in drinking with you”

Corina Darold (Bartender Prizefighter)

Shirley-Brooks-Profound-Bartender
Shirley Brooks

“In all the occupations I have held throughout my life, the most important tool I have found was a smile. I have spent 6 years working for underserved populations, even teaching yoga in prisons. I’ve enjoyed over 16 years bartending.

When someone walks through the door you never know when the last time someone has smiled at them. It can turn their whole day around”

Shirley Brooks (Bartender The European SF)

Profound Bartender Amber Bruce
Amber Bruce

“The industry is Open Source. Everyone I have met has been fully willing to share everything they know

I owe a great deal of my current knowledge of spirits and cocktails to those that have spent their time and energy to teach me. I was openly welcomed into this group of people who I have admired and respected for so long. This is a true community.”

Amber Bruce (Bar Manager Cuchillo)

Profound Bartender Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis 

“There will always be something new to learn. When you think you’ve learned enough, that is when you fail”

– Rebecca Davis (Beverage Director Cleaver Holdings Ltd \\ Contributor justcocktails.org)

Profound Bartender Julia Diakow
Julia Diakow

“Great cocktails are fantastic but they are easily duplicated…

 
 Hospitality and positivity come first. Great service cannot be doled out in 3 measures, shaken and strained “
 
 
Gemma Cole Profound Bartender
Gemma Cole

“Be Relatable…Lose the Bartender/Guest labels”

Gemma Cole (Formerly of Dead Rabbit NYC \\ Regional Brand Ambassador Tullamore DEW

Samantha Casuga Profound Bartender
Samantha Casuga

“We orchestrate a synergistic space during each service…

As the bartender, you have so much control of the well-being of both fellow staff and visiting customers, just by the what you emanate from yourself. That moment when everyone at your bar is interacting with one another, lost in conversation and drink: Bartender gold!”

Samantha Casuga (Bartender Milk Tiger / Native Tongues Taqueria)

Profound Bartender Chanel Wood (2)
Chanel Wood

“It’s about family…

People come to see you at your place, your house. The moment they come through the door, it’s about the welcome. You never know who is going to end up being your best friend or a part of the family.” 

Chanel Wood (Bar Manager Rasa Bar)

Alba Huerta
Alba Huerta – Photo credit Julie Soefer

“Those of us who’ve been Bartending long enough remember that before we were making cocktails, we were making friends. We can’t lose sight of that.”

Alba Huerta (GM Anvil \\ Co-Owner The PastryWar \\ Owner Julep \\ One of Imbibe Magazines 2014 Bartenders of the Year)

Profound Bartender Evelyn Chick
Evelyn Chick – image credit Nikki Bayley

“We are all behind the stick because we believe that there is one drop, one sip, one smile or one unique moment that can alter a guests existence…

Every living moment I’m thrilled at how our community has come together to celebrate each other’s passion and creativity, all to achieve one great cause – the guests happiness.

On that level, the power of the bartender is unparalleled.”

– Evelyn Chick (Bar Manager Blue Water Cafe)

Sabrine Dedden Profound Bartender
Sabrine Dedden
“People visit us from all walks of life and they all have a story to share. They have conscientiously chosen to sit at our bar and give us their time. We must respect and reciprocate it,  regardless of how busy we are, and enjoy their company” 
 
Lynnette Marrero Profound Bartender
Lynnette Marrero

 “Making a living loving what you do is a rare opportunity. Remember to share that joy and excitement with your guests.”

 Lynnette Marrero (Co-Creator SpeedRack.com \\ Bartender Drinksat6.com \\ Founding Member LUPEC-NYC)

Profound Bartender Prairie Rose
Prairie Rose

“I get so much joy from introducing people to something that they’ll love – a locally made spirit, unusual flavor combination or even a classic cocktail that they were previously unfamiliar with – and knowing that after our experience together, it will be their new favorite, for the season. Or forever.

They can then share it with their friends, make it at home or request it someplace else. It makes that shared experience even more meaningful, knowing they’re taking away more than just a vague memory of a drink. They have something tangible to attach to that memory.”

– Prairie Rose (Bartender and Owner of Bit by a Fox – Readers’ Choice Best Cocktail Blog for Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards 2014)

Kasia Koziara
Kasia Koziara

“Order what you love. There is no judgement here. I just want you to walk away happy.”

Kasia Koziara (Tasting Bar; Ravine Vineyard)

And as a toast to the Ladies of the Barspoon, a drink from Amber Bruce (Cuchillo)

Mayahuel Milk Cocktail
Mayahuel Milk Cocktail, By Amber Bruce. She explains, “Mayahuel is the Aztec goddess of fertility and the maguey (agave) plant. Legend has it that the first maguey plant blossomed from where she was buried. I wanted to create a cocktail in her honor. I chose a lightly earthy and smoky, easily attainable mezcal as the base, yellow chartreuse to add some lovely herbal sweetness, black pepper tincture for dryness and light heat, and celery shrub for a gentle vegetal quality. 

Mayahuel Milk 

1 Lemon Peel
 
Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice. Stir until well chilled and diluted. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express lemon peel over the cocktail and discard. 
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