The main complaint about cocktails these days is that they're pretentious. This image is only perpetuated when they're served by a bunch of seemingly elitist bearded bartenders who obsess over antiquated drinks that cost the price of an entree.
Although the federal minimum wage for tipped positions is at just $2.13 per hour as of 2012, and there are many low-traffic bars where the addition of tips just barely brings a employees above minimum wage, there are also places where a bartender can make a decent living with good benefits.
Bourbon is the quintessential American whiskey and the drink of choice of many Southerners. If the recipe for mint juleps looks familiar, you would not be far wrong noticing its similarity to the Mojito.