I belong to a traditional family and have not eventasted wine or any other liquor till date. But somehow, I am very excited about being a bartender (as a hobby) and wish to work parttime in nightclubs/discos/pubs/five-star hotels or, lavish private parties. Is there any wayI can train to be an expert bartender? What are the prospects in working for reputed night clubs/five-stars hotels/ pubs, etc, on a part time basis?
Besides mastering the trick of juggling bottles and glassware with a flourish and shaking/ stirring up yourown version of the perfect Molotov Cocktail or Singapore Sling, you need to be familiar with the terminology and lineage of French wine, champagne serving techniques, flairing, classic cocktail recipes and correct posture. Yes, balance and posture is the key to executing that perfect 360-degree swing without spilling a drop. But flair bartending is not just about flipping bottles.With some practice, you’ll learn to slot your clients and instinctively guess what would tickle their taste buds. Once you know what goes with what, without losing its individuality, there’s no end to experimenting.A dash of this and a splash of that in reverse proportion, and you may well have a new concoction to your credit. That’s mixology for you — the art and skill of putting together the exact combination of ingredients to cater to your client’s taste so that they keep coming back for more.Nobody can teach you to be a bartender. You have to learn from the pros who know the business. The rest comes with experience, say the pros. ‘Keep mixing and keep tasting that is the only way to get it right,’ urges a seasoned drink jockey.Apart from the metro cities, which have a large demand for new bartenders every year, bartending as a profession is fast gaining popularity in satellite cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and Pune as more Indians get on ‘high spirits.’ And the trend is not confined to fivestar hotels.The cocktail revolution has spread to independent bars and pubs at every nook and corner.Bartending can be a long-term career or a casual part-time job. And the money is not bad either. Add the tips and you could end up making a decent package once you have built yourself a reputation. And thanks to the explosive growth of bars and pubs in the country, there is a growing demand for skilled bartenders.Essential bartending skills form part of fullfledged food and beverage courses taught at hotel management colleges.However, if you are only interested in learning the art of bartending, you could check out the following:The Institute of Bar Operations and Management, 44 B-1, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-70 (www.bardevils.com) Johnnie Walker Bartending Academy (launched by global liquor major, Diageo), 163, 18th B Main, Koramangala 6th Block, Bangalore 560095 (www.tulleeho.com/johnniewalker). STIR Academy of Bartending, 8 Joel St Michaels School, Off 1st Cross Road, LJ Marg, Mahim, Mumbai 400016. Shatbi Basu, a veteran F&B professional, conducts training classes. www.shatbhibasu.com Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management, ITDC, Near C 12/A, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016 (Kurukshetra University & ITDC). For more details, visit the website, www.theashokgroup.com/ institution/ index.html.
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