Suitable for complete beginners as well as the developing bartender; the intensive 5 day bartenders course is designed to boost your confidence and skills as a bartender, giving you real world experience behind a fully functioning cocktail bar; skills that are transferable to bars, restaurants and hotels and not just in the UK but globally through the world.
Throughout this course you will focus on classic cocktails, product knowledge and speed of service, with most of your time spent behind the bar honing your practical techniques, building your confidence and speed.
Customer service is the key to good hospitality, it makes the difference between a good and an exceptional cocktail bartender, or maybe more importantly the difference between an average guest experience or a truly memorable one. Your journey into professional bartending will begin with a comprehensive study of looking at the fundamentals of great customer service, how to read your customer, how to handle a busy service and how to upsell as well as many other service techniques. These skills are essential in modern bartending and hospitality so throughout your course you will be expected to demonstrate them as your bar trainer sets you mini cocktail challenges! By the time you graduate excellent customer service will just be second nature.
You will explore the production and history of all the major spirit categories, looking at how different techniques and processes can affect the end spirit that you will be using behind the bar. Then you will learn about the fundamentals of spirit tasting and how to taste, before sampling a range of spirits and producing systematic tasting notes.
Throughout the course you will be looking at the mechanics of bartending and the different methods associated with creating classic mixed drinks from free pouring to stirring; you will get to experiment and perfect these essential methods during your time behind the bar. Every bartender has their own individual way of bartending, we encourage you to develop this; so by the time you graduate you are confident that you not only have the technical know-how but also your develop own style.
As a professional bartender you will need to have an extensive knowledge of classic and contemporary cocktails to work in a cocktail bar, your bar manual has over 40 cocktail recipes for you to create and experiment with. Your expert bar trainer will take you on an in-depth exploration of all the major classic and contemporary cocktails, looking at how different base and modifier ingredients can affect the end cocktail, as well as variations on popular recipes. You will then have ample time behind the bar to practice and experiment making and tasting them! You will learn to make a range of cocktails and mixed drinks including, the perfect Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins, Daiquiris, Mojitos, and the Old Fashioned and many more. Each and every time you mix a drink at Shaker BarSchool you will be pouring from a range of quality house & premium pours; including the globally recognised brands such as Havana Rum, Absolut Vodka and Martin Millers Gin; that way you can check at every step of the way that you have perfected the taste, look and presentation of your drink, how else will you learn to be a distinguished cocktail bartender?