Category: Uncategorized

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails, Shots, and Drinks: Recipes Just for Bartenders
St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails, Shots, and Drinks: Recipes Just for Bartenders

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails, Shots, and Drinks: Recipes Just for Bartenders

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! That means a whopping 150% increase in beer and liquor sales.

And green makeup, a Leprechaun hat, and whatever random green stuff you can find in your junk drawer to adorn yourself with aren’t the only things you’ll need as a bartender on one of the biggest party days of the year. 

You will 100% need some green beer. It’s sort of a staple. But, dare I say, it’s a boring staple. 

Don’t be a boring bar or bartender! Keep the party going with festive, Irish-fun-filled, liquid luck—cocktail recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. And if you’re ready for it, a little flair never hurts!

Let’s get Shamrock-in’ I wouldn’t want to leave you Guinness-ing. Okay, enough with the puns.

1. Irish Coffee

Image via Canva

What makes an Irish Coffee an Irish Coffee? You have to get a special blend of coffee beans from Ireland and then you—just kidding! What makes this coffee drink stand out from the rest is the Irish whiskey. We’re bartenders, not baristas! 

This drink is easy to make and can turn any cold-weather St. Patrick’s day celebration into a warm, cozy party.

Is it hot in March where you live and work? Try an Irish Iced coffee variation with Irish cream and whiskey. Nobody likes a hot drink when they’re sweating, so don’t even try to suggest it.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons packed brown sugar, to taste4 ounces strong, hot coffee1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey1 ounce heavy cream, lightly whipped

Instructions

The brown sugar should be placed into a hot Irish coffee glass, mug, or something similar that’s heatproof. Add Irish Whiskey and coffee, then stir until solids are dissolved. By slowly pouring the cream over the back of a spoon, you should create a floating layer of lightly whipped heavy cream.

2. Green Beer

Image via Canva

In Chicago and cities where St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the masses, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a glass of green beer. 

This means whether or not you’re new to bartending, you’ll need to know how to make this nostalgic staple to celebrating the Irish. 

Luckily, making this St. Patrick’s day drink is probably easier than your first bartending shift was (or ever will be.) 

Ingredients

12 ounces of  beer1-2 drop(s) green food coloring

Instructions

Go ahead and add 1-2 drops of green food coloring to your beer glass. Pour your beer, stir if needed, and serve!

3. St. Patrick’s Day Jello Shots

Image via Society19 | Recipe via Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

There’s a reason why people wear that little shot glass around their neck on St. Patricks’ Day. And the reason is pretty simple. People take a lot of shots! So you’ll need one or two in your playbook to suggest. 

These St. Patricks’ Day jello shots are brightly colored with hues of the Irish flag and are batched ahead of time so you can keep turning guests and making money. 

Ingredients

3 packets unflavored gelatin, divided for use2 cups water, divided for use7 oz sweet condensed milk 1 cup chilled vanilla vodka, divided for use3 oz box green gelatin2-3 drops orange food coloringWhipped cream and sprinkles, garnish

Instructions

Add 1 cup water to a small pan. Bring the water to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Let gelatin dissolve completely. Stir in the green jello mix until it dissolves. Stir in the green jello mix until it dissolves. Add ⅓ cup of vodka. Stir well. Fill the bottom third of each shot glass with the green mixture. Put it in the freezer for about an hour or until the gelatin is firm.Boil the remaining 2 packets of gelatin and stir until it’s all gone. Pour in the condensed milk and then two-thirds of the vodka, chilled. Stir. Then, pour your white mixture into a bowl and chill, saving for later. Then, pour the rest of the white concoction into your shot glasses (two-thirds of the way now) and let chill for a half hour or so.Bring out the mixture you were saving for later use. Heat it in a microwave so you can stir it up to be smooth. Once you can stir, add a few drops of orange food coloring. Stir until color is consistent. Finish off your jello shots by pouring in this orange layer. Chill for a half hour.  If you want, you can garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles for an added experience. 

4. Grasshopper

Image via Canva | Recipe via Liquor.com

This green cocktail almost made the cut for our top spring cocktail list. If you missed those recipes, definitely check those out before the season ends! 

The Grasshopper is a minty-fresh drink that’s served in a martini glass and isn’t meant to be consumed as fast as some people might be drinking today. 

A lot of guests will be hopping around to different bars so they’ll be in and out. But if you work at a bar that’s a bit more refined or has longer table turns, this suggestion may be exactly what your guest needs to feel festive and fun.

Ingredients

1 ounce green creme de menthe1 ounce white creme de cacao2 ounces heavy cream

Instructions

Pour ingredients into your shaker with some ice and shake it until it’s chilled and frothy to the touch. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve. 

5. Shamrock Punch

Image via Canva | Recipe via Lemon Tree Dwelling

Other than shots, serving a group pitcher of cocktails can be a simple solution to handling a higher amount of volume today. And, the more people you serve the more money you make so you need to be churning and burning ‘em all day long to find true luck. 

This electrifyingly green cocktail pitcher is not only shareable on social media (hello, free marketing!), it’s tropical, sweet, and made with melon-flavored Japanese liqueur, Midori. 

Ingredients

4 cup seltzer 2 cup vodka2 cup Midori liqueur2 cup pineapple juice1 lemon, slicedHandful of maraschino cherries

Instructions

Mix everything in a large bowl or pitcher. Pour batched product into a storing container or store-and-pours. When an order is placed, pour into a pitcher and serve with rocks glasses filled with fresh ice and cherry garnishes. 

6. Green Whiskey Smash

Image via Canva | Recipe via Always Order Dessert

This festive recipe was made by a lover of Whiskey Sours. Except, they made it to be green which is perfect for today.

Ingredients

.5 lime, cut into small wedges.25 cup diced cucumber5-9 sprigs of fresh mint2 ounces whiskey4 ounces limeade

Instructions

In the bottom of a glass, combine the lime, cucumber, and mint. Muddle it to release the juices. Add ice and add your whiskey. Top with the limeade. Add a wedge of lime or cucumber wheel and fresh mint as a garnish.

7. Pot of Gold Shot

Image and Recipe via Delish

All day long, all over the world, people search for a pot of gold on March 17th. They won’t find it, of course. Unless it’s this shot at your bar, the Pot of Gold shot!

Ingredients

1 package lemon or pineapple Jell-O (3.4-oz) 1.5 cup cold whiskey1 cup Cool WhipGold sprinkles6 rainbow candy belts, cut into 2-inch pieces

Instructions

Get 1 cup of water boiling in a small pan. Mix in the Jell-O until dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the whiskey and another cup of water. Pour the mixture into 16 plastic shot glasses and place them on a baking sheet. Fill each shot glass two-thirds full. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until firm.To garnish, sprinkle each with gold sprinkles and a dollop of Cool Whip. Put a rainbow-colored candy belt forming a semicircle on top, then serve.

We Couldn’t Leave These off the List

Mojito. Mint leaves are green, which makes a mojito appropriate for today.Irish Sour aka Whiskey Sour. Backlink. make with Irish Whiskey instead of bourbon or ryeSparkling Shamrock Champagne.Guinness and Green Jello ShotsLucky Leprechaun Shots https://www.simplejoy.com/lucky-leprechaun-shots/Mudslide. Bailey’s Irish Creme

Give Your Guests a Rainbow Rim

Seeing a rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day is like seeing a black cat on Halloween. It just makes sense. If it doesn’t happen, the holiday feels meh

You can’t rim a martini glass with a black cat, but you can give your guest a rainbow on the luckiest day of the year and make their St. Patty’s day complete. 

Watch this video (skip to 0:21!) on how to rim any cocktail with rainbow sugar:

From Yucky to Lucky with Local Bartending School

St. Patrick’s Day looks a lot brighter now that you have tasty cocktail recipes ready to whip out of your Leprechaun hat! Who knows, you might even find a whole pot of gold in your tip jar. With these drinks that your guests will love, we’re willing to bet on them. 

Haven’t quite leaped your bartending career? Our team of industry experts and instructors are ready to assist you so you can find your own bit of gold! Sign up for our bartending course today and you’ll be certified in just a week!

Bar owners, can you handle the huge jump in volume on St. Patrick’s Day? You might not be feeling so lucky with the way your staff is operating. We can help! LBS offers specialized training programs just for bar owners like you, so you can be ready for the third biggest drinking holiday in the U.S. this year, and every year!

The post St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails, Shots, and Drinks: Recipes Just for Bartenders first appeared on LBS Bartending School.

Local Bartending Services in St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails, Shots, and Drinks: Recipes Just for Bartenders

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/st-patricks-day-cocktails-shots-and-drinks-recipes-just-for-bartenders
Bartender Career Path: From Zero to Hero
Bartender Career Path: From Zero to Hero

Bartender Career Path: From Zero to Hero

If I had to sum up the bartender’s career path, it’d be similar to, if not exactly what Forrest Gump’s mom said to him, “[it’s] like a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what you’re gonna get.” 

One bartender might head off to bartending school while another might get a job right away. Either way and like some celebs, all new bartenders have some sort of path or journey to venture down. I was right there with you, too! I didn’t know the lingo, and was terrified of any and all whiskey cocktails. Plus, I didn’t even have what you have right in front of you—one of the best bartending blogs

But I did have a longing to be behind the bar, an obsession with craft beer, and of course, needed some cash inflow!

Eventually, my experience led me to become not only a well-versed and super-hirable bartender but a bar manager. How? You’re about to find out. Here’s my, one out of millions, personal bartending career path.

Aim Big, Start Small

When I started in food service, I had no experience. I just heard about all of the money you could make as a server and bartender. Plus, I had a family member who told me I was made for the restaurant business (thanks for that nudge, by the way!)

But first, I had to gain some customer service skills before I could step foot behind the bar. I needed to gain the developmental foundation that’s needed. Oh, and be of legal age to bartend. 

So, as an alternative, I began as a host. You can begin at an entry level, too! It’s a good way to start slow, get to know the fast-paced vibe that’s often found in bars, and familiarize yourself with the verbiage, rules, and people. 

But if even that’s too much for you, I wish I had something like  Local Bartending School’s beginner’s basic course! I would have been so much more prepared before I began my first job.  

Table bussers, barbacks, and food runners are good choices to start off small. In the end, what I learned was:

Common words said, materials used, and products orderedInterpersonal skills with coworkers in a bar and/or restaurant settingWhat guests like by hearing feedback not given to server or management

Serving Self-Development (and Tables)

Being behind the host stand, I remember staring at the bartenders in the bar area… looking all cool making drinks with their regulars laughing at every word they said. I wanted to be them! But my foundation hadn’t been built… yet. 

Thus, my serving tenure started! Serving food or cocktails can truly get you into the rhythm of being weeded and how to talk to guests, you know customer service communication skills. Serving can also be a good trial run to see if you even like the bar scene before you waste all your time preparing for a job you hate. I wouldn’t warn you if I hadn’t seen it before!

But, I’m assuming you’re like me and serving tables will, or already has, only further whet your taste for bartending life.

Image via Canva

Bartender Dreamin’

Serving was my jam for a few years. But I could smell the beer cooler from how close I was to being a bartender.

Finally, it happened! I was working at an Italian restaurant for a few years, where I started as a host when they asked me to train as a bartender. I said no and this is all one big lie. Just kidding! Wanted to make sure you’re still with me.

Let me say though, it was a lot of work learning to be a bartender. I underestimated memorizing cocktail recipes, managing a bar top, tables, and service-wells all at the same time, and the late nights. 

If you’re in this phase of bartending and are looking to add a bit more exuberance to your craft, try a flair course at LBS! You’ll make more money in tips and keep moving along in your bartending career.

Eventually, somehow, someway, I learned gin cocktails and what drinks make during the winter—all the ins and outs of bartending. Which led me to my next phase of…

From Bottom-Shelf to Top-Shelf

A few funny, memorable accents landed me some regulars and hundreds of martinis made helped me progress to the next phase of things. And that’s being a bar lead.

Being a bar lead, for me, looked like:

Ensuring proper stock levels for productsConducting or seeing through proper shift opens and closesQuality, brand, and uniform standard adherenceAdministrative duties when needed (product logs or assisting with inventory and ordering)

Get the Blazer, You’re a Manager Now

While serving and bartending, I was going to school to be a geriatric psychologist. One day, I said to hell with all of that and pursued my dream of hospitality school. That’s where I gained the foundation needed to be able to continue my path toward serving people (and drinks!)

When I became a manager, I saw myself in front of a computer a lot more. What with ordering, email management, meeting minutes, payroll, recruiting, etc. But honestly, I still had plenty of time to be behind the bar, where I wanted to be all along. If management is your end-goal, here are some tips I have for you that I wish more bar leaders had:

Stay out of the office during peak hours!Ask your employees what to do—don’t tell them.Dress for the roll (sweatpants are never okay).Humans are not machines. Avoid clopens and you’ll have a happy staff.Consistently improve your service and product by welcoming a master bartender from LBS to train your staff.

The biggest tip I have for you before you go full-time is to make sure it’s going to be worth it to make the move. A lot of bartenders take the manager job but end up losing money in the long run.

Take the First Step Toward Your Bartending Career

Being in the hospitality industry and belonging to the food and beverage workforce has been entertaining, prosperous, and I’ve made once-in-a-lifetime memories. Let’s face it, 9-to-5ers don’t walk out of work with the kind of stories we do.

This journey is one of so many! So why not start your own? Local Bartending School is currently enrolling students. So hurry and save your spot in a bartending class. That bartending job you’ve been dreaming about is right at your fingertips.

Want to hear another story from someone who took a bartending course? 

But what about life after bartending? Spread the plethora of knowledge you’ve accumulated—a bartending professor, if you will. Become an instructor at LBS—a top-rated place for bartenders to find training and certifications no matter where they are.

The post Bartender Career Path: From Zero to Hero first appeared on LBS Bartending School.

Local Bartending Services in Bartender Career Path: From Zero to Hero

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/bartender-career-path-from-zero-to-hero
Bartender Life Lessons and Shocking Stories

Bartender Life Lessons and Shocking Stories

Some people assume that bartenders’ jobs are all fun and games. And honestly, at times it’s fun as hell! Until poo starts getting thrown on the ceiling mid-shift. Yeah, it’s happened.

Today, you’ll hear firsthand some of the most shocking, outrageous, and downright disgusting stories from behind the bar. We’ve asked our team of industry veterans at Local Bartending School to share their weirdest, wildest stories. They’ve seen it all and they’re ready to spill the tea.

Local Bartending Services in Bartender Life Lessons and Shocking Stories

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/bartender-life-lessons-and-shocking-stories
A Bartender’s Calendar: November 2021

A Bartender’s Calendar: November 2021

It’s that time of year… to gather, eat, and drink with good friends and frazzled families. And here’s to hoping that this year might feel like a slightly normal holiday season at your bar.

Our team at Local Bartending School has whipped up a festive calendar just for bartenders and bar owners looking to bring a bit of holiday spirit to their guests. 

Even though it won’t be quite as tasty as your mom’s stuffing, we’re hoping these random holidays and national celebrations are reason enough to have everyone gathered around your bar.

Local Bartending Services in A Bartender’s Calendar: November 2021

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/a-bartenders-calendar-november-2021
21 Celebrities Who Bartend

21 Celebrities Who Bartend

Bartending started as far back as ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman times.

That means a lot of humans have been making a lot of delicious cocktail elixirs for thousands of years. Both for fun as a hobby or as a way to make ends meet.

Even famed celebrities have dabbled in the craft of bartending. Mostly to pay the water bill before their big break, but other celebs come up with cocktails just for fun. Why? They think it’s a fun way to pass the time and a great way to entertain their friends and families.

So let’s see these 21 celebrities who were bartenders before they started winning Oscars. Later, we’ll meet a few more celebs who bartend just for fun.

Local Bartending Services in 21 Celebrities Who Bartend

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/21-celebrities-who-bartend
5 Best Types of Bars to Work

5 Best Types of Bars to Work

If you’re looking for a bar with free wifi to work on your laptop, you’ll want to keep searching! ‘Cause this post is all for bartenders. Do I have only bartenders here now? Good.

Now we can get started! 

When I was first starting out as a bartender, I had so many questions. I constantly wondered what type of bar would be the best to work at. But I asked myself these questions over and over again:

Where can I make the most money?What bars have the best customers?

If you’re a beginning bartender and you’re wondering the same questions, you’re in the right place for two reasons. 

That’s what this post is all about–the best types of bars to work at for new bartenders!Plus, Local Bartending School is here to help you every step of the way with their online course and job placement program! (More on this later, people!)

So, after working in the bar industry for nearly a decade and asking some of my fellow bartenders what’s up, I’ve created a list of the best bars to work at for beginning bartenders, based on money to be made and overall experience to be had.

Here are the types of bars we recommend for beginning bartenders!

1. Chain Restaurant Bar

Whenever you work at a chain restaurant, you’re typically involved in a robust training program. Chain establishments and franchises aim to have their food and service the same across all of their locations, from bartending to hosting. That’s why you go through so much training!

As a bartender who’s just starting out, this can be a great place to begin (other than bartending school!). You’ll learn how to make a multitude of drinks, ranging from basic call drinks, bloody mary’s, all the way to kiddy cocktails. You’ll also be serving food like BBQ wings and tacos and handing takeout orders, though!

The hours are typically flexible and the pay can be decent, but the people can be picky, demanding, and sometimes rude. Not to mention, depending on the state you live in, you might have to interact with a kiddo or two.

On the bright side, you’re typically tipped out by the service staff for making all their drinks!

A lot of bartenders have noted the best restaurants in the US to work at as a bartender are:

PF ChangsTGI Fridays

Texas Roadhouse

The post 5 Best Types of Bars to Work first appeared on LBS Bartending School.

Local Bartending Services in 5 Best Types of Bars to Work

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/5-best-types-of-bars-to-work
Tips and Tricks for Your First Bartending Job

Tips and Tricks for Your First Bartending Job

So you have your first official shift as a bartender coming up soon and you have a million questions running through your head. We get it–been there, done that! Your very first shift can be nerve-wracking, overwhelming, and you’ll probably walk out with sore feet.
Though we can’t be there to rub your footsies when you finally get home (take some aspirin, that’ll help!), we can give you some tips and tricks before you head in.
These are tricks I wish someone would have told me to have on my radar before I went in for my first shift.
But before we go any further, you might be wondering who the heck we are to be dishing out bartending advice. Well, I’m with Local Bartending School and between myself, the instructors, and a team of professional mixologists, we’ve used our years of experience behind the bar, in management, and university studies to collect the top 10 most essential things we think you need to know for your first day bartending.
So grab your notebook, something to write with, and allow us to tell you a few things that will help your first day behind the bar go as smooth as the Tennessee whiskey you’ll be pouring.

Local Bartending Services in Tips and Tricks for Your First Bartending Job

Personalized bartending services for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
Experienced certified bartenders will make your event unforgettable.
Special internship program for best Local Bartending School Alumnus

https://localbartendingschool.com/u/tips-and-tricks-for-your-first-bartending-job
GET STARTED