Fellow booze slinger Michael Neff (NYC bartender of Ward III fame) waxes poetic on the distinction between Bartenders and Mixologists and nails it.
“As much as I appreciate the current state of the spirits and cocktail game, I think we’ve taken the difference between bartender and mixologist too far. At the end of the day, they are impossible to separate. Bartenders tend bar. We make drinks. Sometimes, even in the dirtiest of dive bars, those drinks are cocktails. Thus a mixologist is born.”