Bartender fools customers into believing she remade a bad drink

The more someone spends on a good or service, the more likely they are to want to use it and presumably enjoy it. So if someone spends a ton of money on an expensive cocktail and they don’t like it, chances are they’ll ask to have it remade.

Sometimes a waiter standing behind a busy bar swamped with people hoping to get their attention doesn’t have the time to re-brew a drink.

So what should they do? According to TikTok user Micayla (@micaylagraace), she tricks customers into thinking they’re being served a new drink, and other bartenders who saw her post shared their own methods of over-eying demanding customers.

@micaylaagraace Pro tip: If you really want to make a customer cry, just let them catch you doing it #serverlife #bartender #bartending ♬ This is the meanest thing you can do – lmkrk

“When you can’t get the drink specs quite right and don’t have time to redo them,” Micayla wrote via text overlay.

In the video, which has been viewed over 47,000 times, Micayla takes the soda gun to the drink and taps the “soda” button to give the drink a little fizzy boost. “Pro tip: if you really want to make a customer cry, just get caught,” Micayla captioned the video.

The Daily Dot contacted Micayla via TikTok comment.

According to Eat This, Not That, there are several common lies bartenders admit to telling customers, like substituting premium spirits for cheap stuff in cocktails.

In a HuffPost article exploring the etiquette for requiring a drink to be remade, one bartender shared a very different reaction to a drink being remade, saying he’d be more than happy to do it.

“Sometimes there is a case when you are busy and you may have forgotten an ingredient. it happened to me Maybe I forgot the agave or simple syrup and it was too tart. When the drink was sent back, I was happy to imitate something. We’re in the hospitality industry, so we want to make sure you’re okay,” they told HuffPost.

The outlet spoke to other bartenders who said they would never be offended if a customer politely told them they didn’t like the drink they ordered.

However, there were a few beverage servers who responded to Micayla’s post by sharing other ways they lie to customers about re-making their drinks: “I’m just adding more ice,” wrote TikToker @jukiuh.

“Oops, omg, not enough mix. So sorry!! *adds ice cream*,” said another.

Another bartender wrote that their foolproof trick to making sure a customer is happy with their “reconstituted” drink is simply adding more alcohol. “I just add a little bit more alcohol because I’d say, who would make it a stronger drink? it doesn’t taste BAD, I didn’t screw it up, it’s just STRONG,” they wrote.


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*Initial publication: April 6, 2023 3:21 pm CDT

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