Shortly after I relocated back home due to the pandemic, I had a mentor call to check up on me and see how I was handling everything. I reassured him that, for the most part, I was doing fine, and that I was doing my best to adapt to the transition (such as classes being held through alternative means). I told him that I found myself having more time to read books and work on personal projects, something I didn't feel I had the time for before.
Making drinks has always been a big hobby of mine. I was a barista for a few years, and had experience both teaching and attending numerous coffee seminars. I watched the World Barista Championship for fun, and I was practically a caffeine addict by the age of 14 (although that's another story) . Making artisan drinks was fun, and with the amount of time I spent exploring different concoctions, it came to no surprise that I would soon venture towards mixology as well. As an 18 year old from California I wasn't even sure I was legally allowed to attend a bartending school. But one morning I found myself calling a local bartending school for more information, and that same week I was enrolled.