In addition to crafting cocktails, aspiring bartenders must prove their conversational mettle in their final exam by talking a sphinx into revealing why it only speaks in riddles. Take an easier route to becoming a professional pourer with today’s Groupon to American Bartenders School. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get a three-hour Bartending Boot Camp class, held Saturdays from 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (a $149 value).
- For $395, you get a 40-hour bartending-certification class with job-placement service, offered in both day and night sessions (an $895 value).
Both of these classes are available at the Little Falls location; only the three-hour Bartending Boot Camp class is available at the New York City location.
For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit-spreaders develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. During the Bartending Boot Camp class, students master shaking, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Dick Clark is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Far from rote recipe memorization, students of mixology learn the underlying reasons behind certain techniques so that they can apply that knowledge when crafting their own blends. Pupils also gain access to the newest recipes for shooters, including Cosmo, Lemon Drop, and Jelly Bean, and will learn tips on how to cure hangovers and hiccups.
Those looking to parlay suds studies into a cocktails career can opt for the 40-hour bartending-certification class. Participating pupils learn more advanced drinks such as the white russian, long island, and blue hawaiian, and more difficult skills including how to decorate cocktails with fruit and the best way to hand-whittle toothpicks. The class also covers how to craft a special bartending resumé and interview for bartending positions, and those who complete the coursework receive the full support of American Bartenders School's well-connected job-placement program.
American Bartenders School
For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.