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All About Liquor

(Section 5 of the Bartending Course)

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Beer and Wine is Easy – Let’s Talk Liquor Here!

As the headline suggests, beer and wine knowledge is fairly basic – and I won’t go into it here. I do, however, cover beer and wine in great detail in the Bartending Course Online. Here, I’ll give you an idea of what the section on liquor is all about.

What’s the difference between a single-malt Scotch and a blended Scotch? “Dude! I asked for a Canadian Whiskey and you gave me Jack Daniels!” “Why didn’t you put any dark rum in my Mai Tai?” You should probably know the answers to these questions.

The section on liquor is NOT about the history of rum. Or how alcohol is fermented. You can certainly learn more about these subjects as you roll through your bartending career, but you definitely don’t need to know that stuff for a bartender job interview – trust me. So, I won’t waste your time with it.

*Important – The interviewer knows that you are an inexperienced bartender. I mention this many times throughout my Bartending Course – if you know the basics, you’ll be just fine.

I concentrate here on giving you a basic understanding (I guess it’s more intermediate than basic), of the types of liquor and the different brands. Stuff that you might get asked in a job interview. Let me give you some examples below of the types of questions I would ask an applicant during the interview.

First of all, keep in mind that many of the questions I would ask during the interview depended entirely on whether or not he or she had any experience. When I interviewed inexperienced applicants for a bartender position, I would ask them something like this:

  • Would you charge more for Canadian Club or Crown Royal? (Both are Canadian whiskeys)
  • What kind of after dinner drink would you suggest? (Hint: always suggest a cognac or a coffee drink!)
  • Your customer wants a “floater” of 151 rum. Would you charge more?

Pretty simple stuff. Of course you would charge more for the floater – ALWAYS charge more if they want additional liquor. And, the Canadian whiskey question practically answers itself by looking at the names. “Crown Royal” certainly sounds more expensive, doesn’t it? It does, and it is.

Knowing the liquor types and brands is just as important as knowing drink recipes. Maybe even more important. Customers are looking for suggestions – bartenders supply the perfect solutions. Don’t worry – it’s not as hard as it looks.

Bartenders also need to know the liquor pricing structure. Why bar owners price drinks and different alcohol brands differently. When to add a “bump” in price. The four general pricing categories that most bars have. And more. I’ll hook you up.

Below are some of the chapters in my Bartending Course Online, Section 5, where I discuss all things liquor. Good stuff, and with minimal study you’ll know everything you need to know in order to successfully ace that interview.

Liquor Knowledge Chapters

All About Liquor Introduction

Pricing/Categorizing

Pouring Cost

Inventory/Accountability

How Bars Display the Different Liquors

The Difference Between Wholesale and Retail Loss

Vodka

Gin

Rum

Bourbon

Whiskey

Brandy

Scotch

Tequila

Liqueurs

All others….

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