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In this day and age of doing everything healthier, it’s perhaps unavoidable that the pursuit of better health spilled over into the world of drinking. One of the most interesting results of this shift is the battle between light and dark liquors – which is healthier? Which is better? Is there such a thing as “healthy” liquor? Let’s take a look at how things stand.

Local customs may vary, however, most bartenders work for less than minimum wage, typically closer to $2.15 an hour. In some states, if the percentage of the bartender’s alcohol sales is is minimum wage or lower, the employer does not have to provide any type of base compensation. So how is bartending such a lucrative career, you may ask? Well it’s all driven by the tips! This fact alone is why you should always tip your bartender, especially if the service warrants the tip. However, when tipping, you should keep in mind that depending on what type of establishment you’re in, the bartender must also pay a percentage of their tips to the barback, servers, dishwashers, food runners and the table bussers. In the American culture, it is customary to tip those who are in the service industry based upon the level of service received but there are some “unwritten” minimum standards that should always be taken into consideration.

Most mixed drinks are high in calories, not because of the alcohol, but mainly due to the high caloric juices, sodas and mixers. Want to still drink without affecting the waistline? Check out some fun and tasty skinny cocktails with low caloric content!