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How to Be a Bartender: Some of the ways of getting into the Bartending industry

Bartending is indeed a great career with the ability to make good amount of money and still attend school. This job gives you maximum security and is perhaps the most fun of all. Imagine having the liberty to hang out at a bar or disco all day round?
So now the question is, if you want to become a Bartender, what is it that you will have to do?
People who have worked in restaurants and cafés before stand a better chance at getting bartending jobs. For those who don’t, they can also attend a bartending school, which are quite common these days. At the Bartending School, one learns all sorts of basics, ways and techniques of mixing drinks.

You also need to be aware of your state laws with respect to bartending. You must be 21 years of age to bartend, however in some states; you can enroll yourself in the Bartending School even at 18 years of age.
Keeping the bar clean, restocking it with alcohol and coming up with all sorts of new drinks are some of the tasks a bartender must do.

With being a bartender, you are also required to be patient and tactful to deal with all sorts of customers. As a Bartender you don’t only mix drinks, but you also have to entertain the customers. You have to ensure you don’t serve drinks to minors or your bartending license could be cancelled for good.
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How to Price Alcoholic Beverages in Your Bar or Restaurant

If you own a bar or a restaurant which serves alcohol, let me give you a few pointers on how should price various drinks.
First and the foremost, you should know your alcohol Cost. The price of drinks should be evaluated in such a way that when you sell your drinks, you earn a certain amount of profit. The most important thing is the beverage cost, the amount one must be paying for the beer, wine and liquor. A profit of 20-30 percent of the sale price is pretty optimum to account for the overheads.

Next you have to analyze the competition. Every sort of bar has a competition. A Bar in a restaurant has even greater competition as the customers are comparing food and beverages against other bars and restaurants. Get a rough estimate of the price range in the area and accordingly set your price.
Some of the bars have higher beverage costs to account of the ambience, entertainment, superb service quality or a prime location.
Moreover it also depends on what your customers are being offered. Standardization usually helps customers to know what sort of drinks to expect from your bars. You can also determine prices of drinks in your bars based on individual ingredients. You can break down the cost of a martini based on the cost of vodka, vermouth, olive and/or lemon peel. The profit can either be added to all the ingredients separately.
Last but not the least; don’t forget to charge the customers of the sort of entertainment that you will be providing them with as well as the price for promotions.
Happy Bartending!
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4 Types of Martinis

martinis-bartenders411Martinis have been around longer than 200 hundred years or so which has caused their recipes to greatly evolve over the years. The usual base is that of gin and vermouth. However many replace gin with vodka. Let us have look at a few types of popular Martinis.

1)     Classic Martini
This contains 4 parts of gin mixed with 1 part of vermouth. Crushed ice is added and the drink is then strained so no ice is left in the drink. It is garnished with olive or lemon peel.

2)     Vodka Martini
Vodka martini replaces gin and uses 4 parts of vodka mixed with 1 part vermouth. The more the concentration of vermouth in a martini, the drier it is.

3)     Champagne Martinis
There are different recipes of champagne martinis. One of the most common ways is mixing 2 parts of champagne with 1 part of Cointreau orange liqueur. The martini glass is first cooled by putting some water and ice cubes in it and placing it in the freezer. A shaker is used to mix all the ingredients together and the mixture is added to the chilled glass. You can use vodka with champagne as well.

4)     Martinez
Martinez contains sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, maraschino cherries and gin. This recipe combines opposing sweet and bitter flavors and lemon twist is use to garnish it. It can also be made using the dry vermouth.
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Preparing to Bartend for a Party: All the must do’s and must-haves

Parties are perhaps the most happening places to bartend. You have the liberty to setup however you want, wherever you want and the possibility of meeting a great crowd as the night progresses. To entertain the crowd, firstly the Bar should be in a central location where it is accessible by most of the people. All the glassware and bartending equipment should put up where they are visible and safe from breakage. You will also be needing an ice cooler or a portable refrigerator to cool wine and beer.
Next, fruit should be cut up into slices etc. You can choose fruit according to the theme of your party. For instance, you can use slices of pineapple to garnish the drinks in a Hawaiian themed party.
The Bar setup at a party is usually temporary, therefore you need to make sure you have all the equipment like blender, mixing tins, strainers and all sorts of glassware for making drinks like wine glasses, shot glasses, mixed drinks etc.
As far as the liquors are concerned, you need gin, standard vodka, bourbon, whiskey, tequila and triple sec. What type of drinks you mix and serve depends on a lot on the sort of crowd you are expecting. For an old age crowd, you may want loads of manhattans like bourbon whiskey and sweet vermouth. A Bartender’s manual can give one good piece of information on the sort of liquors you can come up with in accordance with the type of crowd.