I'm The Alcohol Version Of Picasso, Because Being A Mixologist Is Also An Art

I'm The Alcohol Version Of Picasso, Because Being A Mixologist Is Also An Art

When I'm tending bar I try to be speedy with a little style.

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This may sound odd, but one night I was having a conversation with three people sitting at the bar I work at. I'm going to refer to it as my bar because I consider it as just that. I like to think of it as my own little world while I'm working because it helps me get in the zone. When I'm tending bar I try to be speedy with a little style, half the time I'm just making myself laugh trying to flip cups, and puree's etc. The woman of the three people was asking me what I do, which obviously she must have thought that I wasn't just a bartender. Which is absolutely true we aren't just our jobs, no matter how much they consume our lives. As we continued to talk she was asking me how I would describe bartending or why I like it.

When she called me an artist, I was amazed because I originally never thought of myself that way.

Then I thought she is absolutely right, making drinks is an art. Using all different ingredients, focusing on a certain color, taste, and possibly even a price limit. Being a bartender is honestly a lot of fun, you meet nice people sometimes, or the weirdest ones, which could happen anywhere. It can also look easier than it is, sometimes you have to work late, and deal with total a**holes. No job is perfect though, seriously though we all contribute something cool to this world through our jobs and how well we do them. Chefs or any type of cook are more of an artist than all of us probably. How they make food, and focus on the presentation of how the dish looks, and how everything has it's own place.

Event planners use their imagination and create exactly what people want, whether it's for a wedding, sweet sixteen, any special occasion. Same with interior decorators, making everyone's home unique, and cozy, and exactly how they want it. All of these amazing careers or just for now jobs we hear about every day, or see the amazing work done by them.

Next time you go out to eat or to just get a drink, pay attention don't make it creepy, but just watch how much of an art all the things around you are. When bartending mixology has to do with understanding the properties and flavors of different liquors and other ingredients, and how they interact. While using precise measurements and ratios. So it may be a science just as much as an art. Because when you mix all those perfect ingredients to make that one great cocktail, it has it's own color and that taste that you created.

It requires a lot of skill, I am not saying I have that much I have only been doing it for a year and a half now. I will always consider it as a side job or something to fall back on though, maybe my main job at my own bar down the road who knows. All about customer satisfaction, and being personable with them, along with having that personality to work behind a bar. Just laughing and having a good time with people enjoying making their drinks and others, in a safe manner of course. It can be a very serious job as well knowing peoples limits, and being strong enough to say no that's enough.

Never allow your self to feel uncomfortable at any job. I am just saying take pride in your work, and make what you do great. In the end, it's you doing it and you can make every-time memorable if you wish. We may not be making millions off of what we drew on a canvas but hey, in the end, all that matters is what we think of ourselves!! Plus I hope you get as lucky as I did and get to work with some pretty amazing people.

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Party In College

They are rare, I know.
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I know what you all are thinking, she is just writing the article to brag on herself or to show the world the kind of person she is. No, I am writing this article to the girl out there who feels as if she is alone.

Not being a part of the party season is not the most popular thing to do on a college campus.

Most people spend their days thinking about what they will do at night. Life pretty much revolves around the next party. But for people like me, it isn't spent thinking about alcohol or the next party I'm going to attend. And that can get pretty lonely.

It is not like I sit and wallow in my sadness or ever feel like my friends leave me out because I don't drink. I have great friends that support every decision I make.

But, some are not that lucky.

Some girls don't have the support system like me and I am here to tell you to never compromise the person you want to be just because you don't fit in. If you don't want to party, don't give in just because your friends are pressuring you into. Not to sound cliche, but find new friends because they are not your real ones.

Choosing to stay true to you will pay off in the end, and you won't regret it. I promise.

I don't know why you choose to not attend the party scene, but I would be hindering my calling if I didn't tell you why I don't. I know this guy, and his name is Jesus. He is my best friend and the person I talk to about everything. It is because of Him that I decided to not party, to set an example for the people around me.

But, I am also not 21. So I don't think, by any means, that me having a margarita when I turn 21 is hurting my reputation or my testimony.

I firmly believe that alcohol isn't a sin when consumed in the right ways. I also don't ever see myself as a partier, 21 or not. Partying is a way of conforming and a way of becoming what this fallen world deems acceptable.

So to the girl who fails to be the typical college partier, I commend you. I look up to you. I respect you. I want you to know how rare you are. You choosing to not party and rise above the college standard is something you will never regret. I don't believe that my college years are boring because of the way I decide to live my life. I wish that I could befriend each and every girl relating to this article.

So, when those Friday nights get boring, remember that you are not alone. You are rising above the standard.

Sincerely,

The girl who doesn't party in college

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5 Healthy Drinks To Boost Your Energy

Not your basic iced coffee.

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Going on a semester-long coffee binge is not the most sustainable source of energy for your body. At this point in the school year, there are only two months left until summer – you just have to keep up your motivation through finals! If you feel like your eating habits have become exceptionally bad and want to get healthy for summer, try swapping out your morning coffee with these energy-boosting alternatives. With little to no caffeine, these replacements for coffee will fill your body with healthy calories that will help you power through your day the natural way!

1. Iced Green Tea & Lemonade

There is nothing more refreshing than an iced tea and lemonade combo! Natural green tea contains a small dose of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which work together to give you a sustainable energy boost. Green tea is known to improve brain function so you will have the added bonus of increasing your focus.

2. Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

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Combine mixed berries and peanut butter powder in a DIY smoothie for a delicious drink that is packed with protein! This powerful energy booster will also help you meet your nutritional needs because it contains fruit, antioxidants, and just enough carbs to get you ready to take on the day.

3. Citrus Spritzer

A glass of orange juice with a splash of seltzer is an easy DIY citrus spritzer that will taste amazing. Drinking orange juice has many health benefits including vitamin C, ascorbic acid (the basic component of collagen), and it even has anti-inflammatory properties. But the best part of all is that the citrus will elevate your energy to keep you from crashing throughout your day.

4. Cold Brew Mint Tea

Mint tea has been linked to enhanced memory and increased alertness. To make your own energy-boosting drink, simply brew a few cups of hot mint tea on the stove and then chill it in the fridge overnight. The next morning, you will have a delicious iced drink that will sharpen your mental awareness while reducing stressors that get you down. Coffee could never live up to such a promise!

5. Coconut Water

Coconut water is an excellent alternative for those who don't like drinking regular water. This replacement contains a great number of nutrients including fiber, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Coconut water also makes for an ideal post-workout drink because it contains enough electrolytes to compete with your favorite sports drink.

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