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.
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.
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.
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.
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.