Valerie Hayward

The Blackbird Ordinary

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The Blackbird Ordinary


Hello! I'm Valerie from Miami! I've been bartending on and off for about 5 years, but I've been in hospitality for 15 years as a whole. This is my first time being a member of any sort of bartending/hospitality association. I'm excited to see what it brings!

As for personal anecdotes: I'm a vegetarian who loves thrifting, beach days/being in nature, cooking/being healthy, and discovering new music. I am currently learning Spanish (so far I can hold a conversation! I'm like "intermediate" level).

My bartending style would be more fresh, homemade ingredients. I love the contemporary & fun cocktails that are so popular right now but I also have a great appreciation for the classics. My favorite spirit to drink is tequila. I also love wine and have traveled to Argentina with my husband and toured many wineries in the Valle de Uco (mostly Malbec).

One day I would love to visit a Tequila and Mezcal distillery in Mexico and learn about the whole process more.

Thanks for having me here!