Here we explore vital information, equipment, ingredients and other tools the bartender must have.
Being the bartender entails more than pouring a few shots. It's an art. Therefore you need to know what you are doing when bartending. Importantly, you need to have the right equipment to make your job easy and enjoyable.
Here you will find all you need to know about (click on the links):
ØStocking your bar
. You of course need the usual brandy, rum, vodka and whiskey, but there are many other cocktail ingredients. Discover what spirits, liqueur and other ingredients you need in a well-stocked bar. We also have a page giving background and information on the various spirits and liqueurs used in the creation of cocktails and shooters - click here
ØCocktail bar equipment
. Here you will find all the various cocktail bar equipment and barware you might need in your bar, from cocktail shakers, Boston shakers, optics, bottle openers and pourers. Check out our additional Cocktail Shaker Guide for an in-depth look at cocktail shakers.
. There is a wide variety of glasses used for cocktail mixing. The leisure bartender might settle for any glass, but as the professional bartender you will choose your glass carefully. Here we look at all the various types of glasses cocktails, mixed drinks and shooters are prepared in. We discuss which cocktails they are commonly used for and their typical volumes. Click here if you are looking to buy cocktail glasses (from Amazon.com- shipping across the globe!)
Ø Shaken or stirred -
A guide to masterful cocktail mixing.
Here we take a finer look at the techniques used in mixology, like blending, building, layering and muddling. Some of these techniques require some practice to perfect them so be sure you do some practicing.
- an introduction to flair bartending to get you going. Once you have mastered the basics of bartending, flair martending is the logical next step. Remember that you need to practice, practice, practice to become good.
. Did you know that milk thistle is a great hangover remedy. Here we show you how to stop that hangover in its tracks!
ØBar jokes Tell it like it is. We are on a quest to collect and bring you the best bar jokes from around the globe. Tell us your best jokes.
ØDrinking games. We bring you the most popoular drinking games from around the world. Submit your own games and share it with us.
You, as the bartender, is responsible for much of the enjoyment or not of your clients (or friends). Be friendly and provide a swift and accurate service as you serve the image of the bar you work at. This will also help to increase your popularity and your tips.
Be confident and good at what you do. This of course takes practice but is well worth the effort.