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Want to Join the Rockefeller Scottsdale Bar Staff? Classic Cocktails to Know for An Interview!

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Are you dreaming of working behind a chic and upscale bar like ours at Rockefeller Scottsdale? If you've got your heart set on joining our talented team, knowing the classic cocktails could help you land the job!

Whether you're an experienced bartender or just starting, it's always important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. Having your mixology skills and knowledge ready can give you an edge over the competition.

In this post, our Rockefeller Scottsdale team will highlight some of the timeless cocktails that are sure to impress any restaurant owner during an interview!

Want to Join the Rockefeller Scottsdale Bar Staff? Classic Cocktails to Know for An Interview!

Table of Contents:

  1. First Thing's First: A Little Bit About The Killer Cocktails at Rockefeller Scottsdale

  2. Don't Forget About Our Raw Seafood Bar!

  3. Classic Cocktails to Know for An Interview

  4. The Martini

  5. The Old-Fashioned

  6. The Negroni

  7. The Margarita

  8. The Manhattan

  9. The Mai Tai

  10. The Cosmopolitan

  11. Conclusion

First Thing's First: A Little Bit About The Killer Cocktails at Rockefeller Scottsdale

At Rockefeller Scottsdale, we take our cocktails seriously. Our signature drinks are hand-crafted with the freshest, finest ingredients. Our bar staff includes seasoned mixologists who pride themselves on creating delicious and unique drinks that set Rockefeller apart from your average bar lounge.

Come to Rockefeller Scottsdale for the Fresh Seafood. Stay for the Killer Cocktails!

Don't get us wrong! While we're always coming up with killer cocktails, we have much love for the classics! From dirty martinis to Manhattans, margaritas, and old-fashioneds, we have something delicious to sip on for everyone.

Don't Forget About Our Raw Seafood Bar!

The drinks are only part of the experience here. We also have a full raw seafood bar, where you can enjoy everything from fresh oysters on the half shell, octopus ceviche, crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, and even caviar!

Each of our seafood delicacies are sure to complement your cocktail choice perfectly.

Classic Cocktails to Know for An Interview

At Rockefeller Scottsdale, we value skill and creativity in our bartenders , and we want to see that you have the skills necessary to create tasty classic cocktails that never go out of style.

The cocktails listed below are timeless and loved by many, and perfect for impressing not only interviewers but also your future customers at the bar!

The Martini

The martini is one of the world's most well-known and versatile cocktails, made primarily with gin or vodka and vermouth. Our Rockefeller mixologists like to serve it with different twists, such as adding olive juice or with exciting flavors like raspberry, coffee, orange liqueur, cranberry, and lime.

Rockefeller's Classic Martini Garnished with Green Olives

Martinis are typically served in tall, V-shaped stemmed glasses and are instantly recognizable to any cocktail connoisseur. Be sure to know the difference between a dry martini, extra dry, and a dirty martini.

The Old-Fashioned

An old-fashioned is a classic cocktail that never goes out of style. This drink is known for its simplicity yet distinct sweetness and bitterness. It's made with Bourbon or Rye whiskey, sugar, and bitters and topped off with a twist of orange peel or a maraschino cherry.

The Old-Fashioned Cocktail at Rockefeller Scottsdale

The old-fashioned drink continues to stand the test of time, with bartenders and mixologists creating twists to the classic cocktail daily. Because of this, it's essential to know the different variations on the old-fashioned like the Wisconsin-style brandy, old fashioned sweet and sour, or the Sazerac style that uses absinthe instead of bitters.

The Negroni

A bitter Italian cocktail made with gin, vermouth, and Campari, this drink is a refreshing alternative to the sweeter drinks. At Rockefeller Scottsdale, we have a very popular Negroni cocktail made with rose vermouth and gin, giving this classic a fun and exciting twist!

Rockefeller's Negroni

The Margarita

Few drinks are as fun and refreshing as the margarita. First created in Mexico in the early 1940s, the original margarita is a classic mix of Tequila, fresh lime juice, and orange liqueur (triple sec).

The 'From Dusk Til Marg' Margarita Only at Rockefeller Scottsdale

Margaritas are perfect for any occasion and have many variations, such as frozen, on the rocks, and spicy. These drinks can be made with a variety of fruit flavors like strawberry, mango, watermelon, and much MUCH more.

The Manhattan

Another classic cocktail that you should know for an interview at Rockefeller Scottsdale Bar is the Manhattan. This cocktail has been around since the 1800s and is made with Bourbon or Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.

Impress your interviewer by knowing the variations on the classic, such as adding cherry, using different types of whiskey, and even experimenting with vermouth types to make it a classic twist.

The Mai Tai

A fruity rum cocktail that tastes the Caribbean, the Mai Tai typically includes rum, orange curaçao, and lime juice. Knowledge of tropical cocktails like this always goes a long way for any bar.

The Cosmopolitan

Technically a type of martini, the cosmopolitan was made famous by the hit TV show "Sex and The City." Also known as the "Cosmo," this bright pink drink is vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and cranberry juice and is typically garnished with a wedge of lime.

Rockefeller's 'Ms. Cosmo' Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Its sweet and tangy flavor and eye-catching color make it a popular choice for parties and social gatherings. But the cosmopolitan isn't just a pretty drink; it has a fun history and has remained a beloved cocktail for good reason.


Knowing some of the classic cocktails served at Rockefeller Scottsdale is an excellent way to stand out during the interview process. By doing so, you show a dedication to the craft and a willingness to learn and grow.

It also helps you to get an idea of the vibes that the bar is looking to achieve and how you fit into our team. The drinks served at Rockefeller are a perfect blend of classic favorites with a modern twist.

We hope this blog post has given you some excellent tips for your interview at the Rockefeller Scottsdale bar lounge, and we wish you all the best in your bartending journey!

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