Tips & Tricks
Bartending tips & techniques, information on tools, ingredients, and equipment
TEQUILA TWISTS ON THE CLASSICS
Hugely versatile, earthy and complex – it’s often assumed tequila is only enjoyable neat or as part of a traditional cocktail, like a margarita or paloma. But, when swapped in for other base spirits, the agave can bring a depth and new lease of life to familiar or overused recipes.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COCKTAIL CLARIFICATION
‘Clarifying’ a liquid, or removing all of its cloudy particles, isn’t always going to affect the flavor of the modified solution – it will however, add another layer to your cocktail and be infinitely cooler than the ‘not clarified’ version.
ADD PUNCH TO YOUR MENU WITH BATCH COCKTAILS
Spring is here and with it comes plenty of opportunities for large group celebrations, including Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and other special occasions.
WORLD CLASS TIPS ON COMPETITIONS, INTERVIEWS AND CAREER GROWTH
The career of the modern bartender has changed massively in the past decade. The growth of cocktail consumption and input from brands means there is now a vastly different landscape to grow careers in the industry.
TOP TIPS TO UP YOUR ICE GAME
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! The shape, type and quality of your ice will hugely impact several factors in any drinks you make – texture, dilution and, most importantly, taste, amongst others.
ESSENTIAL BAR SKILLS: THE ART OF STRAINING
Strainers – in their various shapes and sizes – allow greater control in creating a cocktail’s texture and are a quite recent addition to the cocktail bartender’s toolkit. Today, we look at the types, functions and drinks suited to different strainers as we consider the fine art of straining.
UPSELL TO INDULGENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
An intensely social season, the holidays are all about coming together in celebration. Family gatherings, office parties and casual get-togethers with friends pack our calendars with opportunities to mix and mingle.
MERRYMAKING AND TABLE WAITING: A SERVER’S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS
The service industry is a pretty unpredictable game, but one thing most can count on is December always being busy.
IVY MIX’S FOUR FESTIVE RECIPES TO WOW YOUR CUSTOMERS
With over a decade of experience in the service industry, co-owner of NYC’s Leyenda, Ivy Mix, has seen her fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly during the holidays.
3 WAYS TO EXPERIMENT WITH BAILEYS THIS CHRISTMAS
Baileys and the festive season often go hand in hand…
MAKE YOUR VENUE STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
With new bars popping up on every corner, it’s never been more important to stay ahead of the curve. We talk to leaders of the hospitality industry to find out what separates them from the pack.
ESSENTIAL BAR SKILLS: GLASSWARE
Great drinks deserve great glasses! Check out our ultimate guide to gleaming glassware now.