Cocktails are a lot like lipstick—they're recession-proof, available in pretty colors, and infinitely more satisfying when made by a pro. Make mouths happy with today's Groupon to Ace Bartending Academy. Choose between the following options:
• For $39, you get a four-hour Mixology 101 course (an $80 value).
• For $99, you get a two-week, 10-class state-certified full bartending course (up to a $350 value).
Ace Bartending Academy boasts a classroom that is a fully functioning and stocked bar, complete with soda guns and liquor bottles to acquaint alcohol apprentices with real bartending practices. During the Mixology 101 four-hour course, muddlers and shakers learn how to concoct about 200 of the most popular drinks, including martinis, sours, and shots. Students also study customer-service techniques and practice such flair as bottle-flipping and tablecloth-knitting side by side with the instructor. Mixology 101 courses are offered Mondays–Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The state-certified bartending course's experienced instructors take over the 25-foot classroom bar to school pupils over the course of 30 fluid hours. Novices dive into all bartending subjects with the goal of graduating with official certificates that never expire nor spontaneously combust. Take in the history of alcohol while discussing health requirements, proper glassware, garnish techniques, and the best ways to mix hundreds of popular drink recipes. The course is designed to prepare students for employment within the industry, offering lifelong job-placement assistance to graduates at venues that include casinos, nightclubs, and book-club meetings. Full bartending courses run for two weeks, with classes taking place three hours a day Mondays–Fridays, with a choice between morning classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or evening classes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
At Ace Bartending's 40-foot bar, ice clinks against glasses and prospective mixologists chatter during hands-on courses. Instructors wax informational about the history and production of liquor before outlining state and municipal legal requirements for serving alcohol or distributing liquor to horses. As students progress, they migrate to eight functional bartending stations that feature working carbon dioxide lines, and lessons feed hungry brains tidbits of information on the use of glassware and garnishes to craft a beverage with fitting aesthetic appeal. The curriculum bounds across a bubbling, colorful rainbow of 200 different drinks and recipes.
In addition to hands-on demonstrations and role-playing exercises, courses hand down lessons on how to land a job as a bartender and give tips for job interviews. The classroom's walls, like those of a real bar, are crowded with colorful bottles, lit by crackling neon beer signs, and held together by flyers for bands seeking bassists.