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    Divya Gugnani Shares Her Favorite Fall Cocktails

    Last updated 6 months ago

    While some classic cocktails are popular year-round, such as the martini, the whiskey sour, the margarita, and the Manhattan, it can be fun to offer cocktails featuring flavors that reflect the season. Fall is particularly suited to seasonal cocktails, since the flavors of cranberry, pumpkin, and mulled cider are classically associated with cooler temperatures and the turning of the leaves.

    In this video, entrepreneur and famous foodie Divya Gugnani will show you how to make her favorite seasonal cocktails for autumn. These unique yet simple drinks will appeal to a wide variety of drinkers and bar patrons.

    If you are interested in becoming a bartender and mixing cocktails for a living, enroll at Professional Bartending Schools Of America. You can find a location in a city near you by calling us today at (513) 542-3500.

    Fall In Love With These Autumn Cocktails

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Being a great bartender requires more than just mixology skills. A great bartender has an easygoing personality that allows him or her to build a rapport with patrons and good taste that can identify the right cocktail for a particular customer or for a particular season. With fall on the way, a great bartender should brush up on new and classic autumn cocktails such as these.

    Cranberry Crush
    Thanks to recent trends, Cosmopolitans and simple Cape Cods are popular year-round and available everywhere. A Cranberry Crush uses this classic fall fruit juice in a new way, creating a different twist that patrons are sure to love. To make this fall cocktail, mix two parts pure cranberry juice with two parts spiced rum and three parts ginger beer.

    Sazerac
    Now that the ban on absinthe has been lifted in the U.S. and rye whiskey is growing in popularity again, bartenders around the country can finally make this classic cocktail in the true New Orleans fashion. Substituting the real ingredients with Pernod and bourbon simply isn’t the same, though in a pinch you can use Herbsaint.

    Bourbon Cider
    This adults-only version of the classic spiced fall beverage gets its punch from whiskey. Use real mulling spices, including a cinnamon stick and ground cloves, to give the cider its classic taste profile, and a teaspoon of lemon juice to cut the potential sweetness.

    Kir Royale
    A favorite in Paris, where it’s always a bit chilly, this simple, elegant cocktail has been rising in popularity in the U.S. recently. To make it, place a shot of crème de cassis or Chambord in the bottom of a flute, fill it up with champagne, and garnish with fresh blackberries.

    When you enroll in classes at any of the Professional Bartending Schools Of America locations around the country, you will learn the skills you need to craft the perfect cocktails for any season. Call (513) 542-3500 or visit our website to find the location nearest you.

    Learn to Bartend in San Antonio, TX!

    Last updated 7 months ago

    As America’s seventh-largest city, San Antonio has a unique multicultural arts scene and thriving nightlife. At more than a million people and growing, this historic town in the heart of Texas is the perfect place to pursue a career as a bartender.

    For nearly 15 years, the Professional Bartending Schools of America location in San Antonio has been run by the same local owners. For nearly all that time, the current Job Placement Director has offered graduates assistance with finding open positions at bars around the city. Like all of our locations, the San Antonio school constantly updates classes and texts to reflect the latest trends in bartending. We have educated thousands of bartenders and helped them to find jobs around the city.

    At Professional Bartending Schools of America, you will learn all the techniques and skills you need to become a fast, efficient, employable bartender. For more information on our classes in San Antonio or at any other location across the country, call (513) 542-3500 today. 

    The Fascinating History of Female Bartenders

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Today, the most popular bars and nightclubs in cities around the country employ skilled bartenders of both sexes to mix drinks for patrons. Bartending has not always been an acceptable profession for women, however. Throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries, social codes in many areas of the U.S. held that it was unseemly for a woman to work in a bar. Read on to learn more about the history of female bartenders.

    19th Century Barmaids
    In the early 1800s, it was not uncommon for women of a lower socioeconomic status to find work as bartenders. In fact, a story recorded in the 1821 novel The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper suggests that a barmaid named Betty may have mixed the first cocktail. Nevertheless, Betty was not supposed to be a role model for women, and she was characterized as rather slovenly and uncouth.

    Victorian Era Restrictions
    The strict morals of the Victorian era affected women and prescribed which careers they could pursue, even in the United States. In the 1890s, barely one in 400 bartenders were women, and cities such as St. Louis enacted strict prohibitions against female attendants at saloons and bars.

    Post-War Reactionary Laws
    During World War II, when nearly every able-bodied man in the country went abroad to fight, women had to step up at home and take on many of their jobs, including bartending. When the war was over, however, a new era of social conservatism set in, and bartending once again became an unseemly profession for women. From 1945 to 1971, many states had official laws on the books that prevented women from mixing drinks or even pouring whiskey in public establishments.

    Female Bartenders Today
    Thanks to changing social norms over the last several decades, the days when bartending was deemed an unsuitable profession for women are now over, and some women mixologists are on the cutting edge of the industry.

    If you would like to acquire the skills you need to become a bartender, call Professional Bartending Schools Of America today at (513) 542-3500 to learn more about our training programs.

    PBSA Spotlight: Tempe, AZ

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The desert metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona is now the nation’s fifth largest city, and it has a bustling restaurant and nightlife scene. Downtown Phoenix, downtown Scottsdale, and Tempe’s Mill Avenue all feature busy bars and nightlife. Phoenix’s population is also growing at a faster rate than most other cities in the nation.

    The Professional Bartending Schools of America’s Phoenix location is located in Tempe, the home of Arizona State University. This town boasts a thriving restaurant scene and a number of crowded bars. While other cities in the country are freezing and buried in winter snows, residents of Tempe can enjoy sunny weather and walk around town in shorts and flip flops. Our Tempe location is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education.

    Professional Bartending Schools of America train our students to quickly and efficiently pour and mix high-quality drinks, and we assistant those who complete the program in finding jobs no matter where they live. For more information about our programs, call (513) 542-3500 today. 

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