If you’re looking to make a career out of your love for tipples, don’t rule out bartending quite yet. According to a recent study conducted by the City University of New York, bartending is a quickly growing and increasingly popular long-term career choice. The alcohol industry is booming with a revolving door of new spirits and craft brews alike, so it’s no shock the world is in need of not only those who serve the drinks but also those who are ready to turn these drinks into works of art. Bartenders are now viewed as cultural intermediaries, playing a vital role in driving cultures forward in cities worldwide.

With more interest in bartending than ever, it’s time to put these skills to the test. Similar to your favorite cookery talent competitions, Beefeater is hosting the world’s largest gin-focused cocktail contest. Bringing together 31 of the world’s most innovative and gifted bartenders, Beefeater’s MIXLDN 7 will challenge these individuals to whip together their gold star recipes for the ultimate title. Judges will be looking for a unique balance of flavors inspired by the mixologist’s respective home city. The four-day event is going on now with the winner announced live on the 8th. Grab your tickets and head on down. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself in the bartending spotlight one day.

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