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Advanced Bartenders Course (Location – Redditch)


Take your creative cocktail bartending career to the next level with the Advanced Bartenders Course. This is an ever evolving course that changes as the drinks industry does. Guaranteed to develop your bartending skills for the current drinks industry.





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  • Product Description

    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.

    The Advanced Bartenders Course is an intensive course so we recommend that all students have either graduated from our International Bartenders Course or have a minimum of 2 years cocktail bartending experience, if you’re still not sure this is the course for you then take then please call our sales team on 08707 202 877.

    Learning Objectives

    • Confidence in creating innovative cocktails
    • Mixed drinks DNA, understand and discover many more mixed drink family members and their DNA
    • Confidently apply substitution and modifier theories into modern and current cocktail concepts
    • Discover lost and forgotten classic recipes and vintage cocktails
    • Creating syrups, sherberts, infusions, reductions & dehydrated garnishes
    • Advanced drinks making skills including, throwing, swizzling and rolling
    • Round building
    • Batching, vatting and ageing drinks
    • Comprehensive spirit category tasting partly conducted blind so as not to be biased by brands and bottles, to help you hone your tasting and advanced flavour detection skills

    You will leave the course with a foundation of knowledge and skills to transfer into your working environment, giving you the edge to create unique beverage concepts and develop beverage programmes

    What the bar school can do for you;

    • Shaker BarSchools are industry innovators with over 15 years of professional cocktail qualifications under our belts. We have seen thousands of bartending graduates pass through our doors, and the calibre of our students really is our proudest achievement, our graduates hold bartending positions at some of the top cocktail bars around the globe.  Our batending courses really are the choice for the professional cocktail bartender.
    • First and foremost our bar school offers professional training programs designed and continuously updated to reflect the hospitality industry. Our high quality teaching and dedication to each and every student will help every aspiring bartender that passes through our doors achieve professional satisfaction with a career they can be proud of and a salary package to match, and don’t forget the tips!
    • Access to our fully functioning cocktail school, we believe that you can’t learn about the industry without working in a proper industry environment, so our school has a fully functioning cocktail bar with all the essential cocktail equipment and quality glassware you would find in a hospitality environment.
    • Hands on practical experience. We use real, quality, fresh ingredients on all our courses and we encourage you to touch, taste and experiment, after all you can’t train to be a professional cocktail bartender without tasting a few cocktails!
    • Advanced Bartenders manual. All our students receive a comprehensive manual that covers all our course content as well as having over 60 cocktail recipes for reference. This will be your bartending bible, a point of reference and aspiration as you develop your career and skills in bartending.
    • Bartending diploma. When you successfully graduate from our intensive Advanced Bartenders Course you will be accredited with a professional qualification in Advanced Bartending Certified by Shaker BarSchool and the Hospitality Guild.
    • Shaker BarSchool are an Approved Programme Provider for the WSET and are certified to deliver the Level 1 Award in Spirits. A professional bartending and hospitality qualification that is recognised in over 60 countries, a great qualification for your CV especially if you are looking to travel the world with your new found cocktail skills!
  • Additional Information

    Course Times

    40 hours Monday – Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

    Suitable for

    Trade course only

    Course Weight

    25% Theory/75% Practical


    Shaker Theoretical and Practical Exams. Advanced Shaker Free-Pouring Accuracy Test


    Advanced Bartenders Course Diploma certified by Shaker BarSchool® and accredited by the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild. 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.

    Course Location

    Shaker Barschool, Shaker UK Limited, The Old Rectory House Hotel, Ipsley Lane, Ipsley, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 0AP Or Shaker&Company, 119 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3EE – Please make sure you book your correct location

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