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A quick guide to the most popular vodka brands

Posted by Chloe Papas on Jul 31, 2017 9:45:00 AM

So, now you know the basics when it comes to vodka – how it’s made, the different standard styles, and how much truth there is to that whole potato thing – it’s time to learn about the brands that you will come across working in the hospitality industry.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out as a bartender or you’re a keen vodka connoisseur – we’ve got you. Below are 12 of the most popular vodka brands favored around the world, from the more affordable options, to the high-level premium vodkas. 

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Categories: Tips for bartenders

Vodka 101 – the basics

Posted by Chloe Papas on Jul 27, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Chances are – whether you have just started a gig as a bartender, are learning the spirits list at a new venue, or are a bit of an expert – you’ve come across vodka once or twice. 

Whether it’s in a cocktail, mixed with juice or lemonade, or – for those with the stomach for it – drunk as a shot, vodka of any brand or style has a distinct taste. It’s the most commonly used spirit across the world, and a stalwart of bars, restaurants and bottle shops.

But how much do you really know about vodka? Could you reel off the ins and outs of the product to a curious customer?

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Categories: Tips for bartenders

Sake 101 – the basics

Posted by Chloe Papas on Jul 17, 2017 10:21:38 AM

As a server or bartender, you may not have had the chance to serve sake before. But this popular Japanese drink is gaining widespread recognition around the world, making it well worth knowing about, especially if you want to become more versatile as a hospitality worker!

Get ready to start your sake education now, because we’re here to explain the basics.

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Categories: Tips for sommeliers, Tips for bartenders

The best whiskey websites and resources

Posted by Chloe Papas on May 31, 2017 8:52:00 AM

You might know your stuff when it comes to wine, or be across the latest in craft beer, but how’s your knowledge when it comes to whiskey? 

For most people in hospitality, whiskey (and whisky) is a bit of an enigma: you’ve seen lots of ads with distinguished gentlemen sipping the golden drink, but aren’t too sure what it’s all about.

As whiskey becomes more popular, it’s vital that as servers or bartenders, you’re familiar with the different regions, brands and styles that you offer in your venue – plus, venues that you might work in down the line. You don’t want to be caught out when a customer asks about the whiskey you have on offer; you want to be able to confidently tell them the ins and outs of the drop.

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Categories: Tips for bartenders

3 traits managers look for in a great bartender

Posted by Kyle Thacker on Apr 24, 2017 8:35:00 AM

When a manager evaluates their bar staff, they are looking for specific skills and traits that define what a good bartender is.

There is, of course, the checklist of self-evident things: a friendly personality, an understanding of hospitality, and knowledge about the beverage program. Or, on the negative side, someone who won't slip twenties from the register and put them into their pocket.

But those are obvious things. What skills and traits do managers look for in a great bartender that aren’t talked about enough? Let’s take a look at the highly valued but often understated skills that make a great bartender.

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Categories: Tips for bartenders

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