The Greatest Accomplishment Of A Bartender

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, January 20th, 2013 · Mindful Bartending, Quotes

“The greatest accomplishment of a bartender lies in exactly suiting his customer. This is done by inquiring what kind of a drink he wishes 1 Johnson 1900 coverto have and how he desires to have it mixed; this is especially necessary with cocktails, sours, punches, etc.; the bartender must also inquire, whether the customer desires his drink stiff, strong or medium, and then he must use his own judgment in preparing it, but at all times he must make it” a special point to study the tastes of his customers and strictly obey them, and mix all drinks according to their taste. In following this rule, the barkeeper will soon gain the esteem and respect of his patrons.”  The New and Improved Illustrated Bartenders’ Manual or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style by Harry Johnson, 1900.

3 Responses to “The Greatest Accomplishment Of A Bartender”

  1. Simply glorious. Love that this still speaks so strongly today.

  2. So beautiful. I wished all my fellow bartenders worldwide would take this to heart…….

  3. Gaz Regan says:

    me too! But many bartenders do practise this, I believe.

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