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Bartenders V. Mixologists

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Since cocktail week kicks off today, Absinthe's celeb bartender—or mixologist, we're not quite sure—Jeff Hollinger sits down with 7x7 and straightens out the ambiguous titles: "[It's] not the same thing—absolutely not. There's a lot of confusion about the two terms right now. Bartending is not always about making a good cocktail. A bartender should understand service and how to finesse a group of people sitting at the bar ... Mixology is really just the ability to create new cocktails—you can be a mixologist and never have stepped behind the bar in your entire life ... He doesn't have to be personable or know how to provide someone with a great experience." [B+B]