Rhiannon Enlil, one of the fabulous makers of drinks at the uptown cocktail bar, Cure, got some press over at Eater National when she was asked to weigh in on a deep but essential rift in the cocktail industry. Namely, the propriety of using the term mixologist over the term bartender. Rhiannon chose Team Bartender:
If someone in the industry calls himself a mixologist, it definitely tells me we have different perspectives, and maybe even different backgrounds. Possibly, they don't have that old school idea of slinging drinks down and dirty. I don't necessarily find the term relevant or necessary. All mixologists and bar chefs should be bartenders and if they're not bartenders, all they're doing is passing drinks.