Drink-making with an eye to showmanship, often incorporating juggling, dance moves, and nonstandard use of bar equipment. Possibly more prevalent in Real Life than in media; any given media portrayal has a good chance of being an homage to Cocktail.
Can also be done with food, particularly ice cream.
- Long John Silver in Treasure Planet uses his multi-function cyborg arm to cook like this.
- Speedy (1928): Harold Lloyd and coworkers are soda jerks with flashy, baseball-derived techniques. Includes more than one Bar Slide.
- Cocktail is the Trope Codifier.
- Coyote Ugly. Maria Bello, who plays the bar's owner Lil, was a bartender for years before her big break, and gets to show off her skills in the film. Lil's flair is all Maria.
- Parodied in Jane Austen's Mafia!, when the priest mixes an Umbrella Drink for a distraught Joey.
- In Police Academy 5 Mission To Moscow, Jones (the guy who does the sound-effects with his mouth) goes undercover as a fancy barkeeper. This is part of his schtick.
- The King of Queens, episode "Pour Judgment." Doug takes work as a bartender to fulfill an old dream. Broken glass ensues.
- How I Met Your Mother, episode "Three Days of Snow," when Ted and Barney briefly take over McLaren's.
- NCIS's Abby was shown to have flair bartending skills.
- One of the Challenges in Beauty and the Geek.
- In A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Stephen Fry parodies this in the cocktail sequences that end all the season 3 and 4 episodes—he shakes around without rhythm and does such things as: shoving the shaker down the front of his trousers and hopping around, swinging it on a string like a yo-yo, and sometimes breaking it open mid-dance.
- Carla did several stunts to win a best barmaid contest in Cheers, including a complete flip while holding a platter of drinks.
- Scrubs: JD and Turk did this in one episode.
JD: Last summer, Turk and I had to choose between working disaster relief or going to bartender school. I like to think we made the right choice.
- The Charmed episode "Feats of Clay" has Piper cast a confidence spell on a meek waiter so he'll have the confidence to ask a female coworker to marry him. Instead, he becomes a hyperconfident bartender, not very interested in his coworker anymore. Phoebe lampshades this by asking "I thought you were supposed to make him confident, not turn him into Tom Cruise?"
- In the season five episode of House, "House Divided", the title character did this...in the hospital's morgue. Long story short, House needed to add "chemical burns" to a guy's cause of death.
- The Norwegian comedians Ylvis try it on the back of a moving truck.
- Las Vegas: When Delinda opened her new club in the Montecito casino, one of the first things she did was hire a stellar flair bartender. She had to steal him from another establishment, in fact.
- Introduced as a skill in The Sims 3: Late Night, and retained for The Sims 4.
- Although the Citadel bartender in Mass Effect 2 pours drinks normally for the most part, he adds some style when Commander Shepard decides to down ryncol.
- The Frat Army in Kingdom of Loathing includes "wartenders" who mix drinks on the battlefield and even use them as weapons.
- Rodin from Bayonetta indulges in this, most prominently intermixed with Bayonetta's Lock-and-Load Montage.
- Defied in VA 11 Hall A, when a customer says that Jill should be more extravagant in serving drinks, throwing bottles around and such, Jill points out that it would take longer to get the drink, the drink would be improperly mixed and therefore taste worse, and there would be a high likelihood of a broken bottle, broken glass, or broken face. And it adds nothing to the flavor or the experience.
- In the Paradise fiction setting, a bartender who Changed to take on monkey characteristics bartends this way, using all five limbs. Because he looks perfectly human to people who can't see through the Change, the way he does what he does is perceived as puzzling to say the least.
- Phineas and Ferb do this while making milkshakes in the episode "Out to Launch."
- In The Simpsons episode "Pygmoelian", Moe competes in a bartending competition. An Irish bartender chops a beer can in half with a meat cleaver, removes the two halves of the can, and overturns a frosty mug over it. The beer, against all logic, stays put until the beer mug is set down right side up. Contestant #2, a well-endowed Hooters girl, simply bounces up and down while operating two taps. Moe arranges mugs in the shape of the Duff logo. Contestant #2 wins.
- Spongebob Squarepants often does this while preparing Krabby Patties.