Bartending 101: Essential Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

Aug 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM - Aug 18, 2022 at 3:00 PM CDT


Anyone can craft a tasty cocktail. It simply requires learning a few basic bartending skills. If you're looking to dive deeper into the world of the bar—whether at home or as a pro—then a crash course in bartending is just what you need.

There are several things that beginning bartenders should know. You'll want to familiarize yourself with the common ingredients and terminology used in the bar and cocktail recipes, essential mixing techniques like shaking, stirring, and muddling, and the gear that can help you pull it all together. It's a lot to take in all at once, but none of it is difficult, and you can take it at your own pace.

With a few basic tools and a handful of tips and tricks, your next drinks can be better than any you've made before. If you keep at it and discover the joy of mixing cocktails from scratch, you'll be hooked because nothing beats a freshly made drink.


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Staying Engaged And High-Energy Behind The Bar

Some people in life shine bright like a beam of light on a misty, dark day. Micaela Piccolo is one of those people. A warm, happy presence, she lights up the room and instantly commands the attention of all those around. She is a rising star in the mixology world with a positive attitude and classic sensibility that comes across in her inventive drinks. Micaela is one to watch and thus, the first subject of our new Mixologist Spotlight series. After moving to New York City 6 years ago and signing with a modeling agency, Micaela became disheartened by the harsh realities of the fashion world. Looking for something more, she decided to pursue a side job bartending. 

Standing Out In The Crowd

Travel is more than physically moving from one place to another. It's being transported to another state of mind through an experience. That's one reason why eating and drinking can be such an important part of our trips. Cocktails are one of those things that can surprise and delight us in unsusual ways.

That's something that Black queer mixologist and spirits historian Tiffanie Barriere knows well. Rather than being tied to a single bar, the Texas native is an independent bartender, who creates cocktail menus for pop-up venues, brings a spirits influence to the farm to table culture, and hosts mixology lessons around the country. The latter endevaor has earned her the moniker “The Drinking Coach.”