I need to learn to be a bartender very quickly.
March 29, 2014 3:09 PM Subscribe
I just got hired as a bartender. Yay! I know nothing about being a bartender. Uh-oh. I need to learn about making drinks as fast as possible. How do I best do that?
posted by ratherbethedevil to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
The situation isn't quite as desperate as it seems. It's not high class bar. It's basically a little bar/pub at a train station that serves a little of everything. My area, however will be in the bar section.
I know a lot about beer. I know more than most people about wine. But other than the most basic drinks (gin and tonic, rum and coke, etc.) I know very little about making cocktails. I did not lie about this fact. I was honest and admitted I have very little knowledge of how to make cocktails, but I didn't think it would be a problem learning how to do so.
The person that hired me didn't seem to make a big deal about it. She simply said 'if you don't know how to make a drink, just ask the customer how to make it'. But I'd rather be as knowledgable as possible, as quickly as possible.
Orientation is tomorrow, so I doubt we'll be mixing drinks. But it will be sooner than later. So my question is: How do I learn the basics as quickly as possible? Is there a list of drinks I should have knowledge of? I realize it will take time, and knowing what goes into a drink isn't the same as making the drink, but I'd like to do this as efficiently as possible.
Any advice that helps me stay calm instead of freaking out would be wonderful.