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Wine Terminology

Below is a section of wine specific descriptors that we have kept in the back of our textbook for years now. Students that come through our bartending course spend a day going over some wine service basics and get a crash course in varietals. To become an expert in wine takes a lifetime, with a... Read more

Wine Terminology Part 2

A wine may have strong earthy or musty notes depending on when and where it was grown. We have the middle part of our extensive list of terms commonly used to describe wine below. If you want to expand your wine knowledge, have a quick read and find out how words you already knew have... Read more

Wine Terminology Part 3

Wine is complex, and truly needs to be appreciated with both your senses of smell and taste. Have a read through the last of our wine terminology section to understand more of the language sommeliers and wine connoisseurs throughout the world use when describing the alluring beverage. Part 1 (“Acid” to “Dry”)       ... Read more

Bartending Terminology

Bartending Terminology Below is a bit of the lingo developed over the years by bartenders, and frequent imbibers of fancy cocktails. These days your typical customer will be more apt to order simply off a cocktail menu. For those that are true aficionados though… you might encounter some of these interesting drink modifiers. Here is... Read more

Bartending School Needs to be Hands-On

Do Youtube Videos Qualify You to Cut Hair? “Can I learn to bartend taking an online bartending course?“ This is a question that comes up quite often from those looking to break into the hospitality industry. These are people that are looking for the cheapest way to become a bartender. Online courses are not easy though,... Read more

Martini and the Apple Martini

The History of the Martini The true origin of the martini is draped in mystery! There are differing arguments as to who was the first to create the Martini. Many who claim to have created the first Martini have varying recipes and names, but no version exactly fits the Martini recipe that we know today. The modern day Dry Martini consists of Gin and a varying amount... Read more

Bourbon and Water

Bourbon and Water has been around since the beginning of Bourbon Whisky, going all the way back to the early 1800′s. You can imagine those initial high proof spirits may have needed a little watering down to be a bit more palatable for those with more sensitive tastes. Adding a splash of water doesn’t just... Read more

Amarosa Cocktail

History Of The Amarosa Cocktail The Amarosa Cocktail was invented in the 1930′s by H. Losappio.  This gin-based cocktail is a bitter and complicated cocktail, created during in a part of the world famous for their amaros. Italian bartenders have been serving up Campari and Aperol spritzers for centuries now. Afternoon guests may not always want an espresso,... Read more

Irish Spring Cocktail

The Irish Spring cocktail is nothing related to that overly fragrant soap. We don’t expect you to be bathing in this cocktail, however after a few too many it is always possible you might also be running naked through waterfalls. This is another cocktail with very little background to document it’s arrival and popularity. We... Read more

Beer Cocktail

Really, a beer cocktail? Beer can have a few modifications done to it as well. We know there are a pile of different beers out there, but sometimes your guests just aren’t in the mood for a beer by itself. Over the course of your serving, or drinking, career you have probably encountered some odd... Read more

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