Watch Bartenders Teach You How to Make Cocktails Virtually (And Tip Them Because We Need Each Other)

It’s already been a few weeks since bars and restaurants all over the country have been forced to close their doors. Some decided to shut down for the time being while others are offering take-out food and premade cocktails. It’s no secret that the hospitality industry is really hurting right now. Even the places that remain open have been forced to lay off or furlough a majority of their employees. That’s why it’s so great to see brands like Patrón, Campari, Jameson, Beam Suntory, and many others striving to help out hospitality employees in need.

Instead of just donating money or starting a charity, Bacardi decided to find a way to entertain while also helping out bartenders. That’s why the famous brand decided to start a new initiative last week called “Tip Your Bartender.” It’s a collaboration between the brand, the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, and Punch Magazine.

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We’re proud to introduce the inaugural bar team for Tip Your Bartender: San Jose’s Paper Plane (@paperplanesjc). Head bartender Mary Palac (@mixtressmary) and bartender Patrick Braga (@pckbraga), roommates IRL, will be going live on our feed today at 5 p.m. EST to show you how to make the bar’s cocktail, Here Comes the Sun—a @bombaysapphireus-based, fruit-forward sour that forgoes fresh citrus for an easy-to-make milk shrub.⁠⠀ To support Mary and her bar team, head to Venmo (💸 account: @MixtressMary, swipe for QR code) and send a “tip”—we’d suggest whatever you might add as gratuity for a cocktail, but any amount makes a difference. Between March 30th and June 8th, for every dollar you tip to featured bartenders, the Bacardi family of brands (@bacardilimited1862) has generously committed to matching it with an equal gift to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (@rwcfusa).⁠⠀ Head to the link in our profile for the full recipe for Here Comes the Sun + more info about Paper Plane and stay tuned for our live session at 5 p.m. EST today! Miss the IG live? We’ll be saving these to watch later and you can always send your tips via Venmo after today’s session is over.⁠⠀ #raiseyourspirits, #drinkpunchTYB

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It works like this: every evening at 5 p.m. Eastern (aka happy hour), a new bartending team will create and explain the ins and outs of new inventive, creative cocktails on Punch’s Instagram feed. For their work, every team receives $1,000 and viewers can tip them using Venmo. Whatever is contributed will be donated to the RWCF by Bacardi. So, tune in, learn a new cocktail to make at home, and leave a tip, even if it’s only a few dollars. You know these hard-working bartenders need it.

Photo: Santiago Iñiguez / EyeEm (Getty Images)

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