Being a member of the bar staff at a cocktail bar could see you having to mix and serve a huge number of drinks to customers who have a sharp eye on quality – do you think you could do this?
From sharp and sweet margaritas to creamy white Russians, there are a huge range of cocktails out there, and the variety just keeps expanding as people develop new and intriguing ideas about what ingredients to mix.
If you can convince a would-be employer that you have the imagination to create cocktails in this way, it could well make your application stand out – even if your day-to-day work will only involve mixing the drinks specified on the bar's menu.
If you've never mixed a cocktail in your life, you may well still be in with a chance when it comes to securing a role in a bar that serves drinks of this sort.
Training may be offered on the job, and you'll be provided with the right information to know what goes into classic cocktails like the Long Island iced tea and old fashioned.
But it would be worth at least knowing the names and basic recipes of cocktails before an interview if you want to have some idea of what your job will entail.
Cocktail serving combines some of the skills of bar tending with some of those of working in a kitchen.
Yes, mixing a drink isn't as tough as cooking up a gourmet meal, but you'll have to do it in a busy bar environment, while your attention is being called for by customers, working quickly but without mistakes.
You won't want to have to ask other members of staff how cocktails are made, or use written materials your employer may provide you with, if you can help it.
This would make you look unprofessional – and a good cocktail buying experience will see the customer viewing a flawless creative process, that makes drink mixing look effortless.
This is especially the case as cocktails tend to be a particularly expensive drink – something that partly down to the skill involved in mixing them, partly a result of the fact that they contain several different sorts of alcoholic beverage mixed together.
If you're considering getting a job as a cocktail waiter, why not head to a bar near where you live to the mixers there strutting their stuff? This will give you some idea of what the job involves.
It pays to be able to multi-task – that is, be making a drink while potentially also talking to the customer at the same time, for example. You'll also ideally work well under scrutiny to some extent – as customers will be able to see everything you're doing, and will ideally want your mixing to look graceful, not clumsy!
Jobs at higher-end cocktail bars may require you to have some prior experience. Here the drinks will be more expensive, and customer expectations even higher, so it will pay for an employer to take on someone who really knows what they're doing.