The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Sixty One

The holidays are the busiest – and most lucrative – time of the year to be a bartender. Here’s how to survive, stay sane, and end the season with a lot more cash in your bank.

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In today’s Episode…

We’re talking about the worst / best time of the year (depending who you ask, and whether they just got off a double or not). How do you survive the holidays without going bonkers, broke, or getting fired?

Plan Ahead

Do you WANT to work Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you the type who wants to pick up as many shifts as possible to make a bunch of money? Or are you the type who would rather forego the shifts and try to get one or both holidays with family?  Ask around! You may be able to plan out your holiday shifts with other bartenders’ complementary schedules. If you rely on Management to take charge you may get stuck with shifts you’re not happy with.

Holiday Cocktail Menu

Pre-batch your holiday cocktails and choose something that is easy to make. I like to put a relatively simple crowd pleaser on the menu because folks love to order the holiday special, and if it’s easy to make, that makes your life easier as well.  Of course, don’t forget to make sure that you don’t run out of ingredients!

Over Prepare

Stock up on anything you could possibly run out of. Set up your work station and restock your items. If you can, do the full day’s prework before the first shift. If there’s anything that can be done in advance, do it! You may not have the chance to catch up later on.

Support your Colleagues

Be proactive in general. Everyone is in this together and anything you can do to support your coworkers will pay off. Try to come in early for your shift and expect to stay late. (Yes, plan for it! Tell the wife you’ll be home late. It’s that time of year… we’ve all been there!)

If your coworker is drowning in the weeds, do what you can to help them out – they will appreciate it and almost certainly help you out when it’s your turn.

Stay Healthy

You’re exhausted, tired, and all you want is a cocktail. But as awful as it sounds, it’s that much more important to take care of your body during the holiday season. Go to the gym. Drink water. Try to skip the booze where possible and for goodness sake, STRETCH before your shift!

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