“Thanks for including me in Cocktails in the Country. The experience was tremendous as were the other students. Long-lasting bonds have been formed and new perspectives developed.
“Cocktails in the Country provided the framework for understanding Mindful Bartending. The idea is that people will remember how you’ve made them feel. It’s the steps that a bartender takes that directly result in that sentiment, or its unfortunate antithesis.
“I’ve attempted to exist in a state of total awareness while encouraging my coworkers to echo the same level of engagement. This engagement is tempered with a light-hearted attitude; we can’t be too serious behind the bar.
“I’ve been mindful in prepping for my shift. Taking time to relax my mind allows for clear focus. This has allowed for my intuition to become sharper. The sharper intuition leads to more mindful communication. Allowing the guest to express themselves. They could have stayed home for a drink; they came out to have an experience.
“We help guide that experience. We make them laugh, smile and enjoy themselves. While we change their reality through their experience, so do we change our own.”
Alex Taylor, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Alexandria, VA
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