Let’s talk about cocktail courses

Dec 05, 2014

Cocktail courses can also be of one day and you can learn during fun events of a few hours. Here you can learn while you party! You are greeted with a complimentary drink while the expert mixologist conducting the class or hosting the event will give you a short history of the cocktail. Thereafter he will do a mixology demonstration for you. You then mix a few drinks yourself under his expert guidance and drink them of course. Along the way you can pick up valuable tips in bartending.All cocktail courses include the history of cocktail as an introduction.

Let us today talk about the days gone by and how the various cocktails evolved.

Most dictionaries state that the cocktail originated in America in the 19th century and that it is a mix of spirits, bitters and fruit juices. There are many stories about the origin of the word ‘cocktail.’ One of the theories is that it may be a compound word combining ‘cock’ which was the tap of the barrels of spirits and ‘tailing’ which was the last leftovers of the barrel and cocktail was the cheap drink served by the bartender with the dregs of the barrel.

Bar techniques

Dec 01, 2014

While there are some basic bar techniques that every bartender must master to succeed in the trade and also to make his job easier, like free pouring, there are a few specialized techniques that have evolved in the past decade that are geared to impress the customer like flair bartending.

Let us begin with some of the ‘must know’ basic bar techniques that are an integral part of any bartender.

  • Building drinks: Pouring drinks directly into the serving glass is called building. The ingredients are usually added to the glass as per the sequence mentioned in the recipe. They are then lightly stirred or left as they are, in case of the addition of fizzy ingredients like champagne or soda water;
  • Stirring drinks: Although stirring seems to be the easiest thing to do, in the world of mixology it is a very precise technique. A drink has to be stirred just so that all the ingredients are mixed and the ice is melted enough so that it dilutes the potency without watering it down. An important element in stirring is that the spoon or stirrer is moved around the glass as well as up and down;

Bar Management

Nov 28, 2014

After graduating from a bar school and entering the world of jobs, a bartender has to face reality. If he joins as a bar manager his primary responsibility becomes bar management. Although apparently a bar manager’s job looks easy, it is actually pretty tough. An efficient, profitable bar with smooth operations depends not on policies but on the personnel who follow up on the policies. It is a bar manager’s responsibility to create an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation amongst all the staff encouraging and rewarding them to keep them motivated. This will ensure smooth operations and happy customers.

The following tips will help an individual who is new to bar management run an efficient and successful bar.

  • When heading a bar it is essential that the bar manager trains his staff properly. Very often it is found that new bartenders are placed behind the bar and a particular quality of service is expected out of them. Every bar has its own norms, particular drinks prepared in a specific ways and every newcomer needs to be trained so that those norms that the customer is used to and expects are maintained.

Mixology certificate course

Nov 26, 2014

The difference between a bartender and a mixologist can be compared to the difference between a cook and a chef. A mixologist opposed to a bartender is one who has received more extensive training, has better knowledge of the industry and works in a more up market establishment earning more. He also normally has a wider drinks repertoire than a bartender.

To get all these extra qualifications one has to take a mixology certificate course.

Mixology courses nowadays are also available online but nothing beats hands-on training therefore it is always advisable to do a regular course at an academy or bar school. The comprehensive mixology certificate courses are normally for forty hours. Most of these have flexible timing allowing the student to complete it over one, two or five week periods.

Bartending is one career where you can meet people, have fun and make a profit while on the job. There is a huge demand the world over for experienced bartenders so after completing a mixology certificate course it is easy to find a job and the greatest bonus in this career is the tips earned! The better you are at the job, the happier you make your customers with your pleasant, amiable and friendly nature the larger the tips! But tips should not be your motivating factor. If your passion for the job comes through to the guest, in your attitude, the quality of drinks you produce and the happy, fun ambiance of your bar, the tips will flow naturally and your guests will keep coming back to your bar.

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