In the end, it seems safe to say that a good bartender is a foundation for a great mixologist. But, according to Lamberti, both professions require unique skill sets.
“A mixologist is someone who’s spent more time honing his or her craft, experimenting with different combinations, and gaining a better understanding of aspects like flavor profiles, and how they work with each other. A bartender loves to make good drinks in a timely manner, and understands how to manage a crowd. At the end of the day, both bartenders and mixologists are in the same business: hospitality.”