Unlike muddling an argument or muddling tax returns, muddling a drink impresses companions and butters up attorneys general. Master the crowd-pleasing art of mixology with today’s Groupon to the National Bartending School of Atlanta in Smyrna. Choose from the following three options:
- For $34, you get one admission to a singles cocktail party with a mixology lesson (a $69 value).
- For $44, you get two admissions to a couples cocktail party with a mixology lesson (an $89 value).
- For $247, you get a one-week bartender-certification course (a $495 value).
For more than 20 years, National Bartending School's teachers have outfitted apprentice bartenders with the know-how to go professional, teaching the art of crafting a delicious cocktail as well as a slew of small skills that make for an efficient, impressive evening behind the bar. Held Fridays and Saturdays, two-hour cocktail-party classes invite singles, couples, and friends to step behind a zebra-striped bar to shake, muddle, and stir cocktails. Tasty recipes clue students in on the secret to crafting a mojito’s perfect balance of mint and lime and illuminate the tragic backstory behind the sour apple martini. After salting the rims on a Cadillac margarita, students cruise around the lounge, mingling with other mixed-drink aficionados.
A one-week certification course speeds students through an intense lesson plan covering mixology, bar management, certification, and tips for interviewing and securing jobs. Held Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., the rigorous class edifies students on more than 100 recipes and trains them in the delicate art of alcohol awareness to keep patrons satisfied and safe. Speed drills ensure that burgeoning barologists can shake drinks and skewer fruits in crowd-pleasing time, adding distractions such as cheering crowds and random foghorns.
National Bartending School of Atlanta
Rich purple walls and a bar outfitted with a zebra-print façade sounds more like club decor than the decor of a school. For the past 20 years, however, the National Bartending School of Atlanta has put on mixology clinics in just this kind of lounge-style setting. At its six learning stations, teachers train professional bartenders during hands-on certification courses that cover more than 100 drink recipes, as well as eclectic topics such as free pouring or the art of making a cocktail from whatever falls down a waterfall. Alternatively, students can dabble in the art of cocktail creation during two-hour, noncertification courses, which focus on classic drinks such as the cosmo and the margarita.