New from the Beverage Alcohol Resource (B.A.R.) is an online, at-home, immersive teaching program called Drinkskool. The class involves ten lessons that can be learned at the student’s own pace, allowing home bartenders and cocktail aficionados to take the course in their free time.
From the organization’s press release:
Online Cocktail Teaching Program Designed to Make Everyone a Better Bartender
April 9, 2013 (New York, NY) – Award-winning beverage industry icons Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Steve Olson, F. Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour and David Wondrich, the founding members of legendary Beverage Alcohol Resource® LLC (B.A.R.), are delighted to announce that DrinkSkool.com, their consumer-oriented, on-line teaching program, is now operational. DrinkSkool.com is B.A.R.’s engaging, enlightening and entertaining on-line spirits and mixology education program that brings the expertise of six of the world’s foremost spirits and cocktail professionals into easily digested form.
Best of all, DrinkSkool tuition is FREE!
Says B.A.R.® partner Doug Frost, “DrinkSkool is the cutting-edge, step-by-step on-line resource for cocktail creation and mixology methods. We designed and constructed DrinkSkool in such an approachable way that virtually anyone can become an accomplished maven of spirits and cocktails…even Dale and Paul.”
Drinkskool.com is laid out in 10 Lessons, starting with Lesson One: Mixology through to Lesson Ten: Preparing for the Certified Drinks Expert Examination. Here are five key benefits that anyone – from average consumers of beverage alcohol to industry professionals – can gain by taking DrinkSkool’s 10 Lessons:
· CRAFTING COCKTAILS. Watch B.A.R. Master Ryan Maybee (and IMBIBE Magazine’s Mixologist of the Year) craft the most important cocktails, cocktails everyone wants to be able to make like the Rob Roy, Margarita, Pisco Sour and more.
· TASTING SPIRITS. Discover how professionals taste and evaluate spirits and cocktails for balance and quality.
· BARTENDING TECHNIQUES. Learn critical bartending techniques and tricks like how to muddle mint, flame an orange peel and more from B.A.R. partner Andy Seymour. Did you know you should only muddle mint three times or else it gets bitter?
· SPIRIT DEFINITIONS. Understand what differentiates a Blended Malt Scotch from a Single Malt Scotch; an Irish Whisky from a Japanese whisky; and an Armagnac from a Cognac.
· COCKTAIL RECIPES. Access an ever-expanding bank of new and classic cocktail recipes
Drinkskool Lessons include everything you need to know to become a pro behind the bar:
Lesson One: Mixology
Lesson Two: Recipes
Lesson Three: How People Make Distilled Spirits
Lesson Four: White Spirits
Lesson Five: Brown Spirits
Lesson Six: Liqueurs
Lesson Seven: Tasting Spirits and Cocktails
Lesson Eight: Advanced Mixology
Lesson Nine: How to Judge a Bar
Lesson Ten: Preparing for the Certified Drinks Expert Examination*