University of Georgia special education student Cassie Pickrell, 21, began bartending in November at Rye Bar, which in March earned bragging rights as the city’s best bar in the Athens Banner-Herald’s Bar Madness bracketed contest. Athens Magazine editor Don Nelson talked with Pickrell about her job.
Name: Cassie Pickrell
Hails from: Thomson
Experience: Rye Bar is her first bartending job; started in November
Signature shot: Pineapple upside down cake shot, a Rye Bar specialty Signature drink: Her own invention, the Sassy Cassie — vodka, peach schnapps, banana liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice; shot or drink
Best part of bartending: Interacting with people and getting to know them; making sure they are having a good time; and enjoying the live music.
Worst part of bartending: Having to kick people out who are too drunk or misbehaving
Career goal: Speech therapist Likes: football games, live music; sunning in the summer; people watching; specialty shops; exploring and trying new and unique places
Favorite color: black
Favorite movie: “Billy Madison” Wants to go to: Australia