Like baking a cake, mixing a drink requires precise measurements and the restraint to not ingest so many ingredients that you ruin your own birthday party. Become a power-mixer with this Groupon.
- $119 for a two-week bartending certification course (a $249 value)
During the two-week course, professional bartenders teach the ins and outs of their trade, from setting up a shift to crafting cocktail garnishes. The class culminates in a written final exam. Designed to be completed in 30 hours, the course runs 3 p.m.–6 p.m. or 6 p.m.–9 p.m. every Monday through Friday.
School of Spirits Bartending College
Supposedly teaching is for those who can't do, but that's not the case at School of Spirits Bartending College. Offering either one-week courses with a class size of 8-12 students or two-week courses with 10–30 students, expert bartenders teach the tricks of their trade, from free-pouring and mixing skills to creating colorful garnishes. Class time consists of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on drink-making workshops, during which instructors and peers have the opportunity to critique each student's performance and offer pointers. In between classes, students can brush up on their bartending knowledge by practicing with the school's mixing kits or flash cards. After graduation, the school's team happily assists pupils in their job search, tracking down more helpful leads than a dog trained to sniff for job openings. When in high demand, the school offers weekend sessions that are posted on their website monthly.