You’ve all heard the saying: "When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade". ChindaLashawn Thomas, the fabulous owner of Aye Bartender in Killeen, Texas, made a lemontini and turned her passion for mixology into a successful business.

ChindaLashawn Thomas prides herself on being one of the best drink specialists in the  Central Texas area, if not all of Texas. You can also find ChindaLashawn bartending at The Hangover Bar and Grill on the weekends, which is one of the hottest spots for people looking to have a nice, grownup time in Central Texas.

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BOTTOM'S UP

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ChindaLashawn is what we call a mixologist. Now, I know what you’re thinking: what is the difference between a mixologist and a bartender? David "Rev" Ciancio with Bar and Restaurant has this to say:


A mixologist is an individual with a passion for combining elixirs and creating extraordinary cocktails, whereas a bartender is an individual with a passion for making great drinks and creating well-balanced experiences. To be successful, you really need both types of pros behind the bar.

ChindaLashawn considers herself a comfort mixologist. There are many bartenders, but a mixologist has passion behind their craft and all of Central Texas agree that you can taste her passion in each drink.

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CHINDALASHAWN THOMAS IS CHANGING THE MIXOLOGY GAME

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Being in the industry for about 15 years, ChindaLashawn has learned how to execute mixing and serving Central Texas the best drinks. What helps her stand out is her willingness to daringly experiment with a wide variety of aromatics, herbs, fruits, and visual presentations. She caters to large events, weddings, and company parties all through Central Texas. With her brand, the mission is to create more than cocktails - she wants to leave you with an amazing impression and experience.

 

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