Cocktails 101

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This ultimate video guide teaches you the simple skills, secret hacks & pro-tips to navigate any bar and mix cocktails with style.

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Liquor. Cocktails. Bartending Confidence.
Whether you're on the lookout for easy recipes to memorize or a more comprehensive guide to mixology - the pro-tips, life hacks & secrets of flavor pairing will give you the bartending confidence you need to mix up delicious cocktails - no matter what you have to work with!
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13 video lessons
2 hours
  • The 5 Steps to make ANY drink

  • Liquor 101: Easily navigate any liquor aisle, menu or bar (& save TONS of money)

  • Mixology: when & how to mix your booze

  • Bartending basics, tools, skills & lingo

  • Common mistakes & how to avoid them

  • Shaken or stirred? Why Bond got it wrong.

  • . . . and much, much more!

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What You’’ll Learn...
  • The 5 Steps to Make ANY drink
  • Liquor 101: Easily navigate any liquor aisle, menu or bar (& save TONS of money)
  • Bartending basics, tools, skills & lingo
  • 9 garnishing techniques to get your drinks camera-ready
  • Mind-blowing party tricks & 5-star cocktails to share with friends & family
  • Simple skills, secret hacks & pro-tips to navigate any bar & mix cocktails with style
With the mixology skills in this course, you can...
  • Understand mixology, the science behind flavor pairing & how to create your own drink recipes from scratch.
  • Bar Tools & Glasses – When & how to use them, if you really need them & what you can do if you don’t have them. Plus, my go-to kitchen substitutes you have in your kitchen cabinet - I promise, your drinks will taste JUST as good!
  • Navigating the liquor aisle & ordering drinks will never be the same! You’ll look at a cocktail menu & actually be able to understand it & get an idea of how each drink might taste.
  • The basic building blocks of a cocktail – liquors, liqueurs & mixers – & how they come together to make the perfect cocktail.
  • Learn to garnish like a pro & quickly go from “the person pouring drinks” to the hot shot mixing up cocktails like a boss!
  • Making a punch bowl or jungle juice? Here’s the number one way almost everyone screws it up (...and what to do instead)!

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13 video lessons
2 hours
  • The 5 Steps to make ANY drink

  • Liquor 101: Easily navigate any liquor aisle, menu or bar (& save TONS of money)

  • Mixology: when & how to mix your booze

  • Bartending basics, tools, skills & lingo

  • Common mistakes & how to avoid them

  • Shaken or stirred? Why Bond got it wrong.

  • . . . and much, much more!

Price:
$47
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What You Will Learn
01
Liquor 101

24:51
The secret to mixing up great drinks? Get to know your liquor.
02
Bar Tools, Lingo & Glasses

8:03
Bar lingo, cocktail glasses & 12 essential tools to take your bartending game to the next level!
03
Clear Ice (…And Why It Matters!)

9:20
Want to make your drinks look and taste better? STOP using freezer ice.
04
Chill & Dilute: The 5 Types of Ice

6:49
Don’t let ice ruin your party! Learn how to avoid THIS common mistake.
05
Measure & Pour Like a Pro

8:51
Want to make drinks that look and taste perfect? Get your measurements right.
06
How to Stir: When & Why

2:51
Nope, this isn’t a joke… there’s ACTUALLY a technique to stirring!
07
How & When to Shake

5:00
Shaking a drink? Trust me, everyone’s watching. Here’s how to shake like a pro.
08
Let’s Get Muddling

3:42
Learn how to extract flavors & aromas from ingredients— giving your drinks a new dimension of flavor!
09
Sweet & Sour, Simple Syrup & Other Sweeteners

6:31
Want to expand your home bar menu? You need simple syrup and sweet & sour ASAP.
10
How to Layer Cocktails

7:03
Pouring a perfectly layered cocktail is THE ULTIMATE magic trick AND your secret weapon to making epically beautiful drinks.
11
Presentation: The Garnish

11:39
Adding the right garnish can transform your drink into a picture-perfect masterpiece.
12
Test Your Skills: Classic & Party Cocktails

22:52
Learn to make 4 classic party cocktails step-by-step. PLUS, everything you need for your home bar starter kit.
ALL LESSONS
01
Introduction: The 5 Steps to Make Any Drink
3:27

Yes, the world of alcohol can be complex & intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be.

After creating hundreds of original cocktail recipes, I can confidently say that making drinks comes down to a few basic skills & conceptsALL of which you’ll learn this course

In just a few hours, you’ll have the tools you need to whip up camera-ready cocktails, impress your date & bring any party to life – with or without a recipe.

In this lesson, we’ll break down cocktail making into 5 simple steps you can easily learn, carry with you & use to make any drink! 

The 5 Steps: 

  1. Ingredients
  2. Tools & Glasses
  3. Ice
  4. Mixing
  5. Presentation 

Once you master the skills & knowledge within these 5 steps, you’ll be able to perfectly recreate any recipe…or confidently make it up as you go, no matter what ingredients you have to work with. 

Ready? Let’s get it.

02
Liquor 101
24:51

In this lesson, we cover the basic building blocks of a cocktail – liquors & liqueurs – & how they come together with other mixers to make the perfect cocktail. 

After you watch this video…

  • Navigating the liquor aisle & ordering drinks will never be the same! You’ll look at a cocktail menu & ACTUALLY be able to understand it & get an idea of how each drink might taste.
  • You’ll start to understand mixology, the science behind flavor pairing & how you can create your own drink recipes from scratch.
  • Start mixing your own original cocktails at your next party – even if it’s tonight!   Trust me, making drinks is more fun when you have the knowledge & confidence to back it up.
03
Bar Tools, Lingo & Glasses
8:03

Bar lingo, cocktail glasses & 12 essential tools to take your bartending game to the next level!

In this lesson, we’ll cover all the essential bar tools used to combine ingredients so you can confidently mix perfect cocktails –  every time

You will learn: 

  • 12 essential tools that’ll take your bartending game to the next level. If you don’t have these tools, don’t worry! I’ll show you some handy substitutions in upcoming videos.
  • 8 commonly used glasses …AND when & why they are used.
  • Key bar terms & phrases you’ll definitely want to know. 
04
Clear Ice (…And Why It Matters!)
9:20

Want to make your drinks look and taste better? STOP using freezer ice.

Ice will make or break your cocktail. Whenever making drinks, remember: clear ice is the way to go. Are we clear?! (…yep, that was an ice pun

Why? Ice melts and becomes a part of your cocktail. You are going to SEE it. You are going to TASTE it.

In this lesson, you will learn: 

  • 5 tips to make better ice today
  • 3 reasons you should always use clear ice
  • Step-by-step demonstration of how to make clear ice at home using the “cooler method”. 
  • 2 different freezer molds you can use instead of the “cooler method” 
05
Chill & Dilute: The 5 Types of Ice
6:49

Don’t let ice ruin your party. Learn how to avoid THIS common mistake. 

Ice doesn’t make your drink cold just by being cold. Your drink gets cold as ice melts into your cocktail, adding water & chilling your drink. 

This process is called dilution & it is the most important thing you need to consider when deciding what size & shape of ice to use. 

In this lesson, you will learn: 

  • The 5 types of ice you NEED to know! 
  • The secret to know which type of ice to use & why
  • How to easily make beautiful ice spheres and shaved ice at home
  • Making a punch bowl or jungle juice? Here’s the number one way almost everyone screws it up (…and what to do instead)!

In this lesson, we’ll cover when & why each type is used, as this changes based on your  ingredients & whether your particular drink is shaken, stirred, served on the rocks or built-in-the glass.

06
Measure & Pour Like a Pro
8:51

Want to make drinks that look and taste perfect? Get your measurements right.

There’s nothing worse than seeing someone pour out the cocktail you made for them. The easiest way to avoid that? Get your proportions right! 

In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to properly measure & pour so your cocktails taste perfectly balanced – always. 

Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn:

  • How to properly grip a bottle to optimize for true control & minimal spills.
  • How to free pour like a pro & perfectly measure without a jigger – even if you’re blindfolded!
  • Bartending Lingo— so recipes actually make sense & you don’t embarrass yourself when ordering at a bar.
  • The proper way to pour (do this wrong & you’ll look like a complete amateur).
07
How to Stir: When & Why
2:51

Nope, this isn’t a joke… there’s ACTUALLY a technique to stirring! Before you call me out for teaching you how to stir… hear me out.

Stirring with a bar spoon might look easy— but there is an art & method to mastering “the perfect stir”.

In this lesson, you’ll learn: 

  • How to smoothly stir a cocktail using the “push-pull” method.
  • Why certain drinks MUST be stirred and NEVER shaken.
  • How to properly grip a bar spoon.
  • The bar tools you need – plus, my go-to kitchen substitutes!

Trust me – the little details make a HUGE difference when you’re trying to make multiple drinks quickly & efficiently.

08
How & When to Shake
5:00

Shaking a drink? Trust me, everyone’s watching. Here’s how to shake like a pro.

Not all ingredients mix well. Like stirring, you use shaking to mix, chill & dilute your cocktail. But unlike stirring, you HAVE to shake when working with certain ingredients.

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  • How to easily remember what ingredients & drinks need to be shakenand what drinks you should NEVER shake!
  • The perfect shaking tool substitute you probably have in your kitchen cabinet (I promise, your drinks will taste JUST as good)
  • Common & popular drinks that are shaken – including how to make a Raspberry Kamikaze!
09
Let’s Get Muddling
3:42

Learn how to extract flavors & aromas from ingredients— giving your drinks a new dimension of flavor!

Making a mojito, mint julep or a whiskey smash? You’ll need to muddle ingredients. 

Muddling isn’t hard…

… but knowing WHAT ingredients to muddle & HOW BEST to muddle them can be tricky. Muddle too much & your drink might end up bitter. Muddle too little & you’ll end up with a bland & boring drink.

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  • How to properly muddle specific ingredients so you don’t ruin your drink.
  • Common mistakes people make when muddling…AND tips you need to avoid making them yourself!
  • When & why you need to muddle certain ingredients to make flavorful, beautiful drinks! 

Ready? Let’s get muddling! 

10
Sweet & Sour, Simple Syrup & Other Sweeteners
6:31

Want to expand your home bar menu? You need simple syrup and sweet & sour ASAP.

In order to whip up a wide variety of cocktails that people love— like mojitos & margaritas— you NEED to get familiar with the different sweeteners commonly used in bartending. 

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to make simple syrup and sweet & sour at home using ingredients you already have— saving you 50% on what you would’ve spent at the grocery store. 

Save that money & grab a new bottle of liquor for your cabinet instead!

11
How to Layer Cocktails
7:03

Layering drinks is one of the quickest, easiest ways to impress people – and it’s so simple!

Pouring a perfectly layered cocktail is THE ULTIMATE magic trick & your secret weapon to making epically beautiful drinks. 

Once you learn my #1 rule for pouring perfectly crisp layers  — you’ll be able to make jaws drop on demand. 

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • 5 different techniques you can use to layer a drink.
  • Liquids not layering quite right? Learn the trick to hacking a liquid’s density.
  • Buying ingredients to layer? BE WARNED: Not all liquor brands are the same.
  • …and the MOST IMPORTANT ingredient you need to consider when choosing alcohol to layer!
12
Presentation: The Garnish
11:39

Adding the right garnish can transform your drink into a picture-perfect masterpiece.

Presentation is all about the finishing touches, namely: the garnish

Learn to garnish like a pro & you’ll quickly go from “the person pouring drinks” to the hot shot mixing up cocktails like a boss!

In this lesson – I’ll show you different classic garnishing techniques, plus when & how to use them. 

What you will learn

  •  9 different garnishing techniques you can prepare in SECONDS to boost your presentation game & get your drinks camera-ready (like the flaming zest & dainty spiral!) 
  • Not sure what garnish to use? I’ll show you an easy way to remember what type of garnish to use— giving your cocktail the perfect finishing touch.
  • Tips & tricks to help you master the precise methods & add your own creative flair! 
13
Test Your Skills: Classic & Party Cocktails
22:52

Learn to make 4 classic party cocktails step-by-step. PLUS, everything you need for your home bar starter kit. 

This lesson shows you step-by-step how to make 4 easy-to-remember cocktails: 

  • Classic Old Fashioned
  • Spicy Jalapeño Margarita 
  • Raspberry Mojito 
  • Alien Brain Hemorrhage (this one will blow your mind!)

Looking to make drinks at home? I’ll show you the 5 liquors, 4 liqueurs, tools & other essential bar basics you’ll need for a versatile home bartending kit.

Watch, follow along & enjoy your concoctions at the end – you’ve earned it.

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Who Should Take This Course?
Casual Drinker
Mixing cocktails is the ultimate social skill! Learn your way around the bar & how mastering simple tricks - like pouring a layered drink - will make you the life of the party. (Plus, it’s perfect for date night! *wink wink*)
The "I'm spending WAY too much money on alcohol" Drinker

Going out is expensive. I’ll show you how to recreate $15 cocktails at a fraction of the price. Make any hour happy hour when you learn to whip up show-stopping cocktails using everyday ingredients.
The Drinker Who Wants to Learn More About Liquor
Tired of ordering “safe drinks” when you go out? Soon, you’ll be able to confidently order any drink - with or without a menu - because you’ll know your stuff!
Party People!
Make your next party one to remember! Well, your friends might not because of all the cocktails you made them ;) We’ll cover what you need for the perfect home bar setup & the skills to make party classics on-demand.
Learn To Bartend For The Price Of One Night Out . . .
And Make Your Next Party One To Remember!
(but your friends might not because of all the cocktails you made them!)
Learn to make THESE cocktails (and tons more!)
FAQ
Can I watch these videos on my phone? (or any other mobile device?)

Yes! As long as you have an internet connection, you can stream the course from any phone, tablet, computer, TV or desktop device. 


Do I need alcohol and other ingredients to learn? How much will that cost?


It depends. If you’re practicing bartending techniques like shaking or free pouring, you can practice with water. But if you’re practicing how to make a specific drink— yes, you’ll need to buy your own ingredients.


How much you spend depends on you, your taste and what you want to make! For example, if you can’t stand drinking Smirnoff… you’ll probably need to pay more for something like Grey Goose. But if you’re making drinks that require simple syrup or sweet & sour, we’ll teach you how to make them at home at a fraction of the price. 


With the information you’ll learn in the course, you’ll learn which ingredients to buy and how much, what to look for, price point and quality guidance, guidance to help navigate the liquor aisle and how best to save money when making drinks at home!

Won’t I need tools to practice?

Having bar tools would be great, but they’re not 100% necessary to learn. In this course, I'll show you how to find bar tool substitutions using everyday kitchen utensils so you can practice WITHOUT proper bar tools. If you do want to gear up, we’ll give you tips on which tools you need [and the ones you don’t], where to get them, average price point and other tips to help you get the tools and glasses you need. 


How will I receive the course?

After you purchase the course, you’ll automatically land on the Tipsy Exclusive home page and given unrestricted access to the entire course library. We’ll also send you an email with your purchase confirmation and all the details that tell you how and where to access your course. From there, you are free to watch and explore any and all of the 13 lessons in whichever order you choose, however, we recommend watching the course from start to finish. 


How do I access the videos?

Once you’ve purchased the course, simply log in at tipsybartender.com/exclusive and start watching! Upon purchase, we’ll also send you an email reminding you how and where to log in so you don’t forget!


How long will it take for me to learn to home bartend?

If you wanted to, you could finish the course in a single afternoon and whip up a mixed drink that evening. But to get comfortable with bartending, you’ll need to practice. If you practice as you watch the videos, you’ll get the hang of the techniques fairly quickly.


Are there any monthly fees? Is this a membership?

Nope. There are no hidden monthly fees. Once you purchase the course, you get lifetime access. Watch the videos anytime, anywhere and as much as you want!


Do I get a certification for completing this course?

No, this course does not offer any certifications or professional bartending licenses. If you are interested in working as a bartender in a bar, we recommend you look up the certification process and requirements necessary to gain employment as a bartender. Note: Not all states have the same certifications and working requirements.


Even if I don’t plan to become a bartender, wouldn’t it be more worth it if I took a bartending certification class?

It depends. Bartending classes that offer certifications often go really in-depth— including bar etiquette, customer service and how to deal with aggressive/drunk customers. Also, the price often ranges from $100 - $600. If you’re mainly interested in learning how to mix drinks, save money on alcohol and be a killer party host, Tipsy Exclusive will get you there faster (and at a fraction of the cost).


Instant Access.
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13 video lessons
2 hours
  • The 5 Steps to make ANY drink

  • Liquor 101: Easily navigate any liquor aisle, menu or bar (& save TONS of money)

  • Mixology: when & how to mix your booze

  • Bartending basics, tools, skills & lingo

  • Common mistakes & how to avoid them

  • Shaken or stirred? Why Bond got it wrong.

  • . . . and much, much more!

Price:
$47
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