The essential cocktail training course for anyone looking for a career in professional barending and the drinks and hospitality industry. This course encompasses all of our professional courses taking you from entry level through to accomplished advanced bartender or mixologist.
The International Bartenders Course is the essential bartender training course for every bartender starting their career in the drinks and hospitality industry. As a newcomer to the world of professional cocktail bartending the International Bartender course give you the practical skills and theoretical excellence to make you a winning candidate with employers. This is an ever evolving course that changes as the drinks industry does. Guaranteed to develop your bartending skills for the current drinks industry.
Suitable for complete beginners as well as the developing bartender; the intensive 5 day bartenders course is designed to boost your confidence and skills as a bartender, giving you real world experience behind a fully functioning cocktail bar; skills that are transferable to bars, restaurants and hotels and not just in the UK but globally through the world.
Throughout this course you will focus on classic cocktails, product knowledge and speed of service, with most of your time spent behind the bar honing your practical techniques, building your confidence and speed.
Customer service is the key to good hospitality, it makes the difference between a good and an exceptional cocktail bartender, or maybe more importantly the difference between an average guest experience or a truly memorable one. Your journey into professional bartending will begin with a comprehensive study of looking at the fundamentals of great customer service, how to read your customer, how to handle a busy service and how to upsell as well as many other service techniques. These skills are essential in modern bartending and hospitality so throughout your course you will be expected to demonstrate them as your bar trainer sets you mini cocktail challenges! By the time you graduate excellent customer service will just be second nature.
You will explore the production and history of all the major spirit categories, looking at how different techniques and processes can affect the end spirit that you will be using behind the bar. Then you will learn about the fundamentals of spirit tasting and how to taste, before sampling a range of spirits and producing systematic tasting notes.
Throughout the course you will be looking at the mechanics of bartending and the different methods associated with creating classic mixed drinks from free pouring to stirring; you will get to experiment and perfect these essential methods during your time behind the bar. Every bartender has their own individual way of bartending, we encourage you to develop this; so by the time you graduate you are confident that you not only have the technical know-how but also your develop own style.
As a professional bartender you will need to have an extensive knowledge of classic and contemporary cocktails to work in a cocktail bar, your bar manual has over 40 cocktail recipes for you to create and experiment with. Your expert bar trainer will take you on an in-depth exploration of all the major classic and contemporary cocktails, looking at how different base and modifier ingredients can affect the end cocktail, as well as variations on popular recipes. You will then have ample time behind the bar to practice and experiment making and tasting them! You will learn to make a range of cocktails and mixed drinks including, the perfect Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins, Daiquiris, Mojitos, and the Old Fashioned and many more. Each and every time you mix a drink at Shaker BarSchool you will be pouring from a range of quality house & premium pours; including the globally recognised brands such as Havana Rum, Absolut Vodka and Martin Millers Gin; that way you can check at every step of the way that you have perfected the taste, look and presentation of your drink, how else will you learn to be a distinguished cocktail bartender?
WSETWine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
Level 1 in Spirits
Do you want to gain an additional qualification whilst studying for your diploma in International Bartending? Shaker BarSchool are proud to be an approved programme provider for the WSET Level 1 in Spirits. This qualification in a globally recognised in over 60 countries so really adds extra employability to your CV and shows potential employers that you are keen to advance your skills and your knowledge. This qualification is optional to students who are enrolled on the International Bartenders Course or packages where the International Bartenders Course is included; all content is taught during the International Bartenders Course and the award is achieved through collating tasting notes and completing a 30 question multiple choice exam paper.
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits and UKBG Membership is available to add to your course for only £75.00 (Usual price with WSET £175.00)
The Advanced Bartenders Course is a practical hands on course, designed with modern bartending at its heart. Throughout this course you will focus on creativity, experimentation and learning.
Throughout the week all your learning will focus you towards your end goal of presenting 2 drinks. Drink one will be allocated to you by tutor, you will design and create your own twist on a classic mixed drink family member, this is your chance to put into practice the new skills you have learnt for example infusions, homemade syrups and sherbets. Drink two will be a classic, vintage or forgotten cocktail of your choice, researched and presented with historical context, through research and experimentation you will find a preferred recipe
During the course you will be set cocktail creation challenges to test your newfound advanced knowledge and creative skills. Working to set criteria designed to test specific abilities and perception of concepts you will be asked to create innovative cocktails based on classic mixed drink families.
You will conduct comprehensive tasting comparisons of all the major spirit categories; including blind tastings that will allow you to really hone your tasting and advanced flavour detection skills by cutting out any potential brand or bottle bias; comparing premium and house spirits as well as how different production techniques and ingredients/flavours can affect the sensory experience of the end product.
Learn about detailed mixed drink history and the mixed drink family tree/DNA for example; punches, slips, fizzes and cobblers; and how to confidently apply substitution and modifier theories into modern and current drink concepts using a range of primary, secondary and tertiary ingredients.
As an advanced cocktail bartender you will research and explore lost and forgotten classic cocktail recipes as well as many vintage mixed drinks; alongside looking at advanced and cutting edge cocktail making techniques, such as batching, vatting, ageing drinks, making syrups, sherberts, infusions, reductions and dehydrations to name just a few. Then you will discover the essential building blocks of designing your own drinks. Discover how to give your cocktails that cutting edge with a focus on stimulating the sensory experience, using an extensive range of fresh ingredients fruits, herbs and vegetables and exploring game changing modern garnishing and a range of modern vessels.
Our advanced course manual contains over 60 classic, vintage and contemporary cocktail recipes for you to create and experiment with, you will also explore other cocktail throughout the course.
By the end of the advanced bartenders course you will have gained specialist practical cocktail skills that are transferable into any working bar scenario, from independent bar to 5* hotel.
Over the last several years Molecular Mixology or MM has become common practices and making its way onto the menus of some of the best cocktail bars in the world making cocktails a full sensory experience for the drinker.
Taking inspiration from some of the world’s top chefs including Pierre Gagnaire, Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adria, you will learn the cutting edge techniques to make flavoured caviar and ravioli (see Mango Pina Colada disguised as a boiled egg), light and heavy foams and airs, jellies and explore some forgotten classic drinks categories, modern twists and competition winning recipes.
The Molecular Mixology Course will introduce you into this world and open up a playground for you to experiment and create world class cocktails.
This course covers the unique techniques used in cutting edge luxury cocktails and the practical applications of science in the bar. We kick things off with an introduction to the science of taste and flavour and explore the sensory experience of drinking.
Starting with the basics we teach homemade sodas and foams and teach students how to make their own bitters from scratch, no distillery needed!!!
88 hours Monday – Friday 8.30am-4.30pm
25% Theory/75% Practical
Shaker Theoretical and Practical Exams (IBC & ABC). Shaker Free-Pouring Accuracy Test (IBC & ABC) + Optional WSET multiple choice examination
International Bartenders Course and Advanced Bartenders Course certified by Shaker BarSchool® and Quality-marked by The Hospitality Guild and accredited by the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild. Molecular Mixology Shaker BarSchool® certificate of attendance (e-certificate). Certificates and Results are aimed to reach you within 4 weeks of completing the course, if you live outside of Europe please allow some extra time.