Perhaps you are already a bartender or you may have some basic skills as a bartender and you want to take your skills to the next level?  After all, who hasn’t seen that classic movie with Tom Cruise and his partner spinning and mixing and creating a fun environment in the movie “Cocktail”? For quite a few people this is what they think of when they hear bartender.

Why should you take a specialised course for making cocktails? First, it makes you more marketable and you will have that edge over another bartender for those positons at the types of bars and restaurants that specialise in cocktails. These establishments are often recommended as you will more often than not make better tips when you know how to do more than pour a glass of beer or wine. Second, it opens up the number of places you can look for work, and last, when you know how to make cocktails it is a great opportunity to show off your skills and personality.

These types of courses are great because they often get into the history of cocktails and how and why they became popular and who invented them or what historical context they have, especially when you get into the names! Cosmo, anyone? You will learn about some of the more obscure cocktails, how to make them, and a little bit of chemistry, as that’s what makes the drink.

You may be worried about the cost, and yes cocktail courses may be a bit more expensive compared to the price of taking a regular bartending course, but you shouldn’t let this deter you. To reiterate, the benefits are many. You are more marketable, you can update your CV, it can give you an edge over the competition, and you have a larger number of places that your particular skills might be a necessary requirement. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get certified! Maybe the next new cocktail will be named for or by you? Oh, and one more thing….the course is a great return on investment. So, again, get yourself trained and remember to have fun!