Intro to Bartending – Start Here
Are you just getting started in learning how to make mixed drinks? Or, perhaps you’re already familiar with bartending techniques, and just looking to brush up on the basics? Whatever your motivation, our easy-to-use bartending introduction primer covers everything you need to get started, including basic terminology, ingredients, tools, and more!
If you’re instead looking for something specific or more advanced, simply jump ahead to any of our sections below.
Bartending is a skill that requires quite a few tools, from jiggers to shakers to barspoons and more. Luckily, there are hundreds of great, affordable products out there, and in many cases you can even use stuff you have lying around the kitchen. Our guide shows you what to buy, and how to improvise in a pinch!
Bar tools are only half the battle—you’ve gotta know how to use them! Whether you’re trying to make some perfectly clear ice like the pros, hone your straining technique, or simply cut a proper garnish, our ever-expanding guide covers the techniques you’ll need to tend bar with the best.
And, of course, you’re going to need something to actually go in the drink itself! Our cocktail ingredient guide covers syrups, herbs, bitters, and all kinds of other things that take your cocktails to the next level, and we’re adding to it all the time. We recommend starting with our simple syrup recipe, our mint guide, and our tips on keeping your vermouth fresh as the day you bought it.
- Vermouth 101
- Absinthe 101
- Bourbon 101
- Easy Orgeat Syrup Recipe
- Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe
- Choosing the Right Mint For Your Cocktail
- Homemade Bitters
- Why Cocktails Love Citrus
- How to Spice Up Your Cocktails with Ginger Syrup
- How to Use Egg Whites in Cocktails
- How to Make Gin
- How to Make Vermouth
- How to Make Amaro