Professions are like tribes; their members tend to adhere to certain rituals and have similar preferences and priorities. Bartending is no different. From having perfectly ripe fruit to the cycle of the moon, here are seven things that bartenders find terribly important, but the rest of the world doesn’t really care about.
1. Perfectly ripened fruit
While everyone appreciates perfectly ripe fruit, bartenders have a chef-like obsession. What good is a carefully crafted cocktail if you are serving it with a brown-edged lime? We sort through boxes of citrus searching for the best-looking lemons and oranges. We send the barback to the grocery store to fetch fresh mint. We ridicule the lazy bartender using the leftover garnishes from last night’s service. God forbid we see any pith on that orange twist in your Negroni!