Perhaps no example manages to combine silliness with pretension quite so successfully as "mixologist." Maybe it's just the earnestness with which that solecistic neology* is used, but I firmly assert that anyone who, faced with a self-described mixologist, orders anything but a rum and coke has a heart of stone.
That said, "mixologist" is by no means the worst conceivable possibility. Here, in no particular order, are ten even more pretentious job titles a bartender could use:
- Spiritual Director.
- Cocktail Architect.
- Alcoholichemical Engineer.
- Chef de Liqueur.
- DDS (Doctor of Drink Science).
- Spirits guide.
- Ye Olde Apothecary of Alcohol.
- Cocktail Whisperer.
- Mignologist --
* Yeah, I said "solecistic neology." You want to match pretentions with me, you better bring your A game.