old fashioned

Old Fashioned If 22 years behind the stick has taught me anything, trends definitely come and go, particularly the popularity of specific spirits and drink styles.  Liqueurs such as Tattoo and Aftershock have come and gone, replaced with other sugary spirits to make a purist cringe, such as Sour Apple Pucker and Fireball Whiskey (which is not a whiskey at all but rather a cinnamon liqueur produced to look like whiskey). …

summer cocktails

Summer is here guys and gals, and many of you may be thirsting for a light and crisp refreshing cocktail. The following cocktails are the perfect compliment to an afternoon bbq or a poolside soiree. The key to making a great summer cocktail is to try and stay as fresh and light with ingredients as possible. Citrus based drinks with a bit of bubbly will provide a light, airy and thirst…

certified bartender

Do I need to be certified to be a bartender The short answer is no you do not need to be a certified bartender to bartend in most states. However, there are many different levels of being a bartender and different states have different requirements.  From pint-puller to high-end craft cocktail mixologist. So with that said let’s break this down. Just so you know – there is no such thing as a bartender…

bartender jobs

Bartending 101 Boston Shaker The Boston Shaker Bartending 101 Boston Shaker – Bartenders must know their tools and how to work with them – this video introduces you to the Boston Shaker set – basically it’s a mixing tin on one end and a pint glass on the other. You may see variations where both are tins – but the most common is with a 28-ounce mixing tin and pint glass.

Highball Whiskey Ginger

The highball whiskey ginger. Besides domestic beers – expect customers to order something called a highball. What is a highball you ask? A Highball is a name for a family of mixed alcoholic drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Well-known examples of highballs include the gin and tonic, Seven and Seven, Scotch and soda and Cuba Libre. A highball is…

Pina Colada

“IF YOU LIKE PINA COLADA’S & GETTIN CAUGHT IN THE RAIN” La Pina Colada Created July 10th 1963 by Ramon Portas Mingot The famous song by Rupert Holmes in 1979, gave the Pina Colada Frozen Concoction worldwide recognition. Now even though this is when most of the world discovered this tropical libation, it was actually invented two centuries earlier by a Puerto Rican pirate by the name of Roberto Cofresi. Cofresi…

Why use a bar blades? As a bartender the bar blades are one of the most important tools of our trade. Experienced bartenders know the bar blade is one of the most important tools you must have on you for your bartending shift. Bar blades come in many different shapes and sizes. The main purpose of the bar blade is opening beer bottles. While domestic beers have twist off tops you…

Absolut Cherry Lime AId

Absolut Cherry Lime Aid The Absolut Cherry Lime aid cocktail is a crowd pleaser for sure. It’s a must know for any aspiring backyard bartender. Robbie shows you how to be a world class back yard bartender with this refreshing Absolut Cherry Lime aid summer cocktail. We recommend the tinplay mixing tin for it’s ease of use and 6 in one tool combo, but any shaker set will do. Ingredients you…

how to get a bartending job - Bartending School

How to get a bartending job So… How to get a bartending job with little or no experience? Watch Robbie talk with managing partner Steve McAdams of the Harry Buffalo and hear from a real bar owner on what they look for when hiring a bartender for a bartending job. The old saying “you never get a second chance for a first impression” is true, therefore you should dress to impress.  If ever…

Liquid Marijuana

Liquid Marijuana One of the most popular shot drinks trending in many of the hippest bars and nightclubs today is called the Liquid Marijuana shot. Every bartender should know how to make a Liquid Marijuana shot. This shot contains 1.5 ounces of Captian Morgans spiced rum, .5 oz Midori melon liqueur, and a splash of pineapple juice. Shake well, and strain into the shot or shooter glass.  Congratulations you have made a Liquid…