Meet Pusser’s Rum Bartender on Deck Rachel Reed
Rachel Reed of BD’s Mongolian Grill in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
Tell me about yourself. What’s your background, and how did you end up as a bartender?
My name is Rachel Reed, and I am 25 years old. I have worked at BD’s Mongolian Grill since I was 16, starting as a host and then training in any position that was available to me. I graduated college with a degree in marketing, but continue to work at BD’s Mongolian Grill serving, bartending, and helping with marketing efforts at the Bolingbrook, Illinois location. Bartending brought a new perspective to working at BD’s Mongolian Grill. It is a more fast-paced position to work in, but I love being able to meet all the new people that come to the bar.
Why are you a Pusser’s fan? Why choose Pusser’s Rum over another spirit?
Pusser’s has such a unique taste that you don’t find in any other rum on the market. It has a very natural, yet classic flavor to it. The bottle catches your eye too since it is not your typical shape that you would find most other spirits bottled in. I feel like there are so many cocktail options that can be made using Pusser’s Rum. You can have the fruity cocktails that everyone loves, but then you can have the stronger tasting cocktails that are just as smooth tasting as the fruity favorites. Everyone can enjoy their favorite cocktail when there is a bottle of Pusser’s on hand.
What do you like about the Painkiller, and why do you think it works so well at bd’s?
With the Painkiller, the name alone grabs the attention of guests at BD’s, but it also has a very fresh taste to it. It’s not a cocktail that is packed with sugar that leaves you only wanting one. When you drink a Painkiller, you always end up having another. The whole concept of BD’s Mongolian Grill is a different dining experience that you won’t find anywhere else, so it’s obvious that there needs to be a drink that matches the uniqueness of BD’s, and that drink is the Painkiller. Plus, it’s perfect to recommend to any guests as a remedy to their pain!
What do you think the future holds for the premium rum category?
As a whole, I feel like the liquor and beer industry is growing, but people crave something different. Flavored vodkas have been around for a while, and people are looking for something new. They want products that you can’t find everywhere but will leave a lasting impression that you can’t wait to tell your friends about! Pusser’s does just that. It is not your typical rum that you can find at any bar or restaurant. The exclusiveness gives it a more prestigious image to the brand. Pusser’s has great, distinct flavor to it that leaves people coming back for more.
What’s an interesting fact about yourself? (Special hobbies or talents?)
I love to do outdoor activities. Fishing, hiking, and snowboarding are some of my favorite things to do in my free time. Music is also a passion of mine, so I love to go to concerts. Every time I see an old friend somewhere the question of “what concert are you going to next?” always comes up. There is nothing better than seeing live music with some friends and enjoying some cocktails.
Any advice for those aspiring to be in the industry?
The only advice I have is to take any opportunity given to you. I started hosting when I was 16, serving when I was 18, and bartending when I was 21. Now I help to supervise and do marketing for BD’s Mongolian Grill in Bolingbrook, Illinois. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without taking the opportunities to serve and then bartend. Don’t just settle for where you are at now even if you are happy there. Taking the chances to expand your experiences will generally always pay off. Each new position I was trained in led me to a new opportunity to grow not only as an employee but as a person.
How can people get in touch or learn more about you? (Social media handles, website, etc.)
I can be reached through my LinkedIn under my name Rachel Reed or my Instagram @rkreed515.