Online Class: Bartending and Mixology 101

This course is open to any adult interested in learning the basics of bartending, though you will need to be 21 years of age or older to pursue work as a bartender. This self-paced online course can help you be an impressive bartender by showing you everything you need to know about tending a bar such as the difference between Highball and Lowball drinks; how to shake, stir, strain and pour; the most effective remedy for hangovers; how to set up a bar; plus recipes and useful tips.

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Course Description

Do you love making people happy, making friends, and being the life of the party? Do you mind having other people take you into their confidence and trust you with their best evenings? Do you enjoy the difference between how things taste on the palette and don't mind staying up late into the evening? Bartending is for you. This course will give you the knowledge to join the ranks of one of the world's most respected professions and one with never a dull moment. From the basics of what you need to start out to how to excel at the craft, this course will leave you in the know.

A typical bartending guidebook simply gives you a set of drink recipes, but we all know that each bartender has their own take on most drinks. We mix to our own preferences, or the preferences of our patrons. So what you really need to know is how things mix well together, how to keep your customers safe, and how to keep them tipping! That's the goal of this course--to give you what you really need to know, and prepare you for that all-star position!

Course Motivation

Do you know the difference between a highball and a lowball?

How are Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers the same? How are they different?

Where should liqueurs and cordials be stored?

Knowing the answers to these questions and the many others you'll explore in Bartending 101 are essential to your overall bartending success whether your aims serve personal or professional purposes.
And the best part of this course is that it doesn't just aim to be a how to manual for the bartending career ladder. Its just as effective if your goals are a bit smaller in scope, like trying to impress dinner guests and social acquaintances or orchestrate corporate parties and events.

This class is conveniently self-paced, so you don't have to reschedule work or personal events in order to make the grade. After seven lessons, you'll have gained the skills and insights needed to transform yourself into a brilliant bartender.

Enrollment is continuous, so there's no reason to put it off any longer. Act now and you can take the mystery out of mixology.

Bartending 101 is an informational course (which basically means that it doesn't offer any licenses or certifications) geared towards anyone interested in improving personal or professional bartending skills. Although the course is open to anybody who is interested in mastering the essentials of bartending, if you're considering it professionally, you'll need to be at least 21 years old.

 This course is a great choice for people who are self-motivating and able to stay on task without a whole lot of active participation from the class or teacher.

Bartending 101 is broken down into seven separate classes that center around five primary goals:

  1. Familiarizing you with the rules and guidelines surrounding alcohol awareness in your state.
  2. Teaching you how to set up your bar from where different bottles and brands go to which glass you should use.
  3. Learning the differences between the drinks most especially the variations in alcoholic content.
  4. Providing you with a wide variety of drink recipes more than enough to keep your customers and/or guests happy.
  5. Arming you with a vast array of employment tips and tricks that you can use to gain a competitive edge in your local bartending arena.

It is an all-inclusive course, which means that all of the materials you'll need to  pass are included in the lessons, links and assignments provided. Whether you dream of owning your own bar or night club, putting yourself through college or simply wowing your guests with a cocktail party they'll (hopefully) remember, Bartending 101 is the way to ensure that you can make it happen.

Bartending skills always have been and always will be in demand. Before you know it, you'll have all that you need to start splashing out daiquiris, martinis, screwdrivers and Harvey Wallbangers to your heart's content!

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(2,493 votes)

Lesson One: Alcohol Awareness

Perhaps the most important role of the barkeep is to walk the line between casual drinking and extreme intoxication. Additional lesson topics: The Bartender's Black Book; Bartender Terminology; Mixed Drinks and Cocktails 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B
  • Lesson 1 Video C
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson Two: Bar Essentials - Alcohol

Here is a selection of alcohols any bartender should have on hand and know how to use, and terms you'll need to know. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7156.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson Three: Bar Essentials - Additional Requirements

In addition to types of alcohol, you're going to need some items to throw into the mix in order to create a good number of frequently ordered drinks. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video

Lesson Four: Cocktails

If you're in a nightclub, that may be all that is available to you; but cocktails run the gamut in terms of their unique and wonderful mixtures and flavors. 56 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B
  • Lesson 4 Video C
  • Lesson 4 Video D
  • Lesson 4 Video E
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam (Highballs)
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam - Various Drink Types

Lesson Five: Beer, Wine, and Heated Drinks

Beer is generally much lower in alcoholic content than liquor, and is consumed in larger quantities. 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson Six: Types of Establishments

Alcohol is served in a variety of venues, each of which has their own norms, client types, and other characteristics. Here are some of them. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video

Lesson Seven: Employment

Bartending is one of those professions that very often leads to business ownership, especially as bar culture is so tied to generational differences. 157 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the symptoms, affect, and relavent laws regarding alcohol consumption.
  • Describe the essentials of the bar.
  • Summarize how to make highball drinks.
  • Summarize how to make lowballs.
  • Summarize the various procedures of making other drinks.
  • Describe how to mix, poor and serve shooters, floaters, wine and champagne, beer and coffee drinks.
  • Summarize the best methods to land a job.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Bartending and Mixology 101
Course Number: 8900208
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,493 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This was a very helpful course, and I actually didnt expect to learn a couple new recipes. I appreciate the additional resources as well!" -- Patrick Y.
  • "This course was amazing I learned things that I didn't even know about mixing and pouring. I highly recommend." -- Brinesha B.
  • "I am learning for the first time what a bartender is, and I have found the way in which this course is created to be excellent, everything has became clear to me with the illustrations, videos and simple and concrete step-by-step explanation." -- Ana A.
  • "The course was easy to navigate, the articles were well organized and helpful. The videos showed what the articles talked about. My assignments and exams were graded no later than the day after I submitted them. I had a great experience with all of it." -- Briana W.
  • "I loved this course, it was very informative and helpful." -- Jenn S.
  • "Everyone should take this course, because people should know how tough bartenders have it." -- Kenneth C.
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