The Advanced Professional Bartender Package is the ideal bartending course for the developing bartender who is serious about a career within the drinks industry.
An exploration into mixed drinks and cuting edge bartending techniques, this is an ever evolving course that changes as the drinks industry does. Guaranteed to develop your bartending skills for the current drinks industry.
The Advanced Professional Bartender package is suitable for cocktail bartenders / mixologists with over 2 years experience working in a fast paced cocktail environment. You will need a great working knowledge of classic cocktails as the course will immerse you straight into a world of advanced spirit knowledge, blind tastings, molecular and cutting edge modern bartending techniques as well as opening up a world of forgotten and classic vintage cocktail recipes.
The Advanced Professional Bartender package is made up of The Advanced Bartenders Course (ABC) and The Molecular Mixology Course (MM).
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Stage 1. Advanced Bartenders Course
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.
Stage 2. Molecular Mixology Course
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!!!