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Bartending and Mixology 101

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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!

This course is open to anyone interested in learning the basics of bartending. You need to be over the age of 21 to pursue work as a bartender and to take this course. This online course can help you become an impressive bartender by showing you everything you need to know about tending a bar, such as knowing 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 Lessons

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Lesson One: Alcohol Awareness

Perhaps the most important role of the barkeep is to walk the line between casual drinking and extreme intoxication. 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B
  • Review 4 Articles: Drink Dictionary; Hangover Remedies; Bartender terminology; Complete World Bartender Guide: The Standard Reference to More than 2,500 Drinks
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 3 Articles: Bar stock; Home Bar Essentials; Essential Spirits and Mixers to Stock in Your Bar
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 4 Articles: Virgin Drinks/ non-alcoholic drinks; Glassware; 10 Essentials to Keep a Stocked Bar; Bar Tools

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. 71 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B
  • Lesson 4 Video C
  • Lesson 4 Video D
  • Review 5 Articles: Liquors; HighBall Drink Recipes; Frozen Drink Recipes; Lowball Drinks; The Difference Between Highball and Lowball Glasses
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam (Highballs)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 (Lowballs)
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Library of Recipes; Types of Beer
  • Review Video: Beer: The Perfect Pour
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: Types of Bars

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
  • Review 2 Articles: Online Community of Bartenders; Bartender Employment
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Bartending and Mixology 101
Course Number: 8900208
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
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 Staff Instructor
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

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

Student Testimonials

  • "Everyone should take this course, because people should know how tough bartenders have it." -- Kenneth C.
  • "Thank you. I learned alot. And you made it enjoyable to learn on line." -- Lynn C.
  • "The instructor was of great to help me." -- Parnesh G.
  • "The [part] that I found most helpful was pretty much all of it. It was well explained and easy to understand. Found it very interesting....I was really pleased that I took this course. It was really helpful and interesting." -- Shannon C.

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