Mission possible – quality cocktails in no time at all

In this modern day and age, no one likes to wait. We want it and we want it NOW!

At some point in your bartending career, you will have to work at an event where it will be necessary to pump out large numbers of drinks in a short amount of time. Or you’ll work in a high volume outlet where speed of service is the key to success; for happy customers, a healthy bottom line, and your tip jar. Batching ingredients or entire cocktails is a great way to reduce the amount of time it takes to mix drinks.

Here are a few tips for speeding things up behind your bar:

I recently oversaw an event where we had to serve 350 Blue Manhattans in less than five minutes. Needless to say, that would have been impossible if we had to mix the drinks individually, even if we followed the steps above.

Instead we made a large batch of said cocktail, added water to account for the dilution that would have been caused by ice melt and chilled it to -11°C in the freezer. This is a very simple method for producing high quality, consistent drinks at incredible speed.

Here’s how to do it:


BLUE MANHATTAN (Batch of 100 cocktails)

By Tim Etherington-Judge - Global Reserve Ambassador: Emerging Markets & Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. International bon vivant, cocktail geek, vegetarian and self-confessed tree hugger.