Tips & Tricks
A GUIDE TO GREAT GARNISHES
Are your garnishes up to scratch? The creativity and thought that goes into your serve’s garnish can be the difference between unforgettable flair or complete flop. We explore when to use which garnish and how to make sure yours are a cut above the rest.
HOW TO BUILD COCKTAIL SHAKING STAMINA
Whether you are new to bartending or a seasoned professional, shaking cocktails can take its toll on your body and those all-important arm muscles! So is there any way to build up your shaker stamina? Leading Vancouver bartender, Reece Sims, looks into how you can make sure you are looking after yourself and ensure you can shake each cocktail to perfection every time.
FINDING THE BALANCE: BARTENDER REFLECTIONS ON 2018
With the new year around the corner, there’s no better time to contemplate on how the past year went down and to consider what’s ahead in 2019 on a professional and personal level. We talked to some of our favourite drink slingers around the globe to get their thoughts and hear what resolutions they’ll not be sticking to come February.
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. With over four decades experience on the floor, Louise Owens from Texas, shares her thoughts on how best to navigate the holiday season as a server and come out the other end feeling merry.
HOW TO CREATE AN APPEALING AND INSPIRING COCKTAIL MENU
Here are a few must-read tips from Diageo Bar Academy trainer, Kris Jadach, on creating the perfect cocktail menu.
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.
WORLD CLASS: THE WINNING FORMULA
Three previous World Class winners discuss this life-changing experience and reveal their top tips to shake off the competition, as well as the cocktails they can’t get enough of.
Top tips to boost your career in the bar industry
Paul Martin, award-winning mixologist and trainer reveals his top tips to kick your career up a notch, no matter what level you are in the industry.
ESSENTIAL BAR SKILLS: ORGANISING YOUR WORKSTATION
Well-organised workstations are the key to serving customers quickly and efficiently, and the best bars will be visually appealing without slowing down the bartenders working behind them.
essential guide to shaking
Mastering your shaking technique can be a great way to inject a bit of theatre into your cocktail making – guaranteed to wow your customers and enhance your serves.
There is a subtle art to upselling and whether you are behind the bar or working the floor, it is a skill that is definitely worth taking the time to perfect.
ESSENTIAL BAR SKILLS: ICE
Whether it’s cubed, cracked or shaved, we reveal how your choice of ice can make or break your serves and show you how to add a little frozen flair.