What’s More Fun: Drinking or Serving?
I have to admit, I was a little surprised to hear that we, NYC, did not make the top 40 drunkest cities in America list, according to Daily Beast findings reported in both U.S. News
. Maybe it’s because there are so many other things to do in our fair city – or maybe we’ve learned a dirty little secret that we like to keep all to ourselves – that serving alcohol may be more fun than drinking it!
So why is serving better than drinking? Well, first of all, you’re more likely to remember the night. You’ll be too busy chatting people up and mixing up some concoctions to drink too much. You get to be creative and name a drink after the cute guy/gal you have your eye on. And there is something powerful about holding the key to the (liquor) cabinet. Serving the drinks will guarantee you the Hit of the Party Award – so you may as well do it right!
Who doesn’t love being everyone’s favorite person? The surefire way to be the hit of any party is by being the keeper of the key to the liquor cabinet. So when next entertaining at home, or if you need to kick up the energy of the next soiree you attend – or if you just feel like showing off – you should highly consider brushing up your bartending skills with a recreational Mixology class. Not only will you learn how to create the perfect pour, but you’ll pick up some handy insider tip to making your drinks taste better than anyone else’s.
I stopped by the American Bartenders School
for an Introduction to Mixology lesson and picked up some very handy pieces of information – including how to make house vodka taste as smooth as top shelf vodka, and how to count (trust me, this is really important!). Additionally, I found the class to be a great social playground for singles, couples and friends alike, as it provided an easy atmosphere to break the ice and a common topic to bond over. We became fast friends with our group mates and struck up conversations as we shook, stirred and poured.
Just be aware that if you are bringing a date to one of these classes, some schools don’t teach with real alcohol (do you really want to drink your classmate and new best friend’s original concoction that boasts of tequila and kahlua? Pass!). However, if you are feeling brave or in need of liquid courage, other places, such as Astor Center NYC
offers a DIY Home Bar: Hands-On Cocktail Workshop where they walk you through creating inventive cocktails using the real stuff–and letting you drink it.
If you’re looking to REALLY show off, there are a number of places that offer courses in flair bartending, such as The Academy of Professional Bartenders
, which offers 3 levels of Flair Bartending certification.
If you ask me, everything is best in moderation – so after juggling some bottles and artistically pouring your friends a shot, make sure to pour one for yourself!
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