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From experienced to exceptional

This course is designed to level up your game as a bartender. You know how to make a decent drink, but now you want skills that give you the edge and inspiration to subvert the statu quo.   

You'll practice cocktail clarification, ice carving, spherification, and much more. 

And, of course, you'll gain access to our exclusive job platform EBS MatchStaff so you can begin showcasing your talents in a bar ASAP. 

Get next-level knowledge

You'll get the grand opportunity to visit one of the World's 50 Best Bars to hear about the concept and drinks preparation from the experts themselves. To understand the impeccable flavour profiles the bar has designed, you'll simply have to do a tasting!

Seminars from industry experts

You'll get the grand opportunity to visit one of the World's 50 Best Bars to hear about the concept and drinks preparation from the experts themselves. To understand the impeccable flavour profiles the bar has designed, you'll simply have to do a tasting!

Understand the evolution of ice in drinks and learn to transform a simple block into an impressive masterpiece. Be amazed by the technique expert bartenders use to produce perfectly formed ice balls.

Master the art of ice carving

Understand the evolution of ice in drinks and learn to transform a simple block into an impressive masterpiece. Be amazed by the technique expert bartenders use to produce perfectly formed ice balls.

You’ll learn how to craft syrups, cordials, foams, bitters, and other incredible liquids. Try your hand at advanced garnishing too.

Craft high-quality products

You’ll learn how to craft syrups, cordials, foams, bitters, and other incredible liquids. Try your hand at advanced garnishing too.

Snapshots of your next skills

If you want to create phenomenal cocktails, you must perfect every step of the process. You'll reach a level of expertise where mixing up a drink becomes a rewarding ritual. You will relish every part of the preparation: from producing ingredients yourself to presenting drinks with pizazz.

Course Content Overview

Where was the first form of a cocktail invented? Why are cocktails called that? Did these drinks ever represent more than a pleasurable refreshment? We'll trace the history of drinks from ancient times up until today and reveal how tastes and consumption have gone changing over time.

We'll start by analysing original punch recipes that date back to the 16th century. 

Some recipes we'll cover are the Philadelphia Fish House Punch and the classic Milk Punch. 

We'll teach you to prepare any product you could ever need to incorporate into a cocktail.

You'll make: 

  • Syrups
  • Cordials 
  • Foams
  • Bitters
  • Fat washes
  • Shrubs 
  • Garnishes

and taste them, of course!

Keep scrolling to see what each should look like...

Find out what it takes to make a cocktail taste absolutely perfect. You’ll learn the different methods, techniques, and types of equipment required to make flawless drinks. You will practise: double shaking, double stirring, throwing, rolling, and more advanced techniques.

In these ten days, you will taste over 40 cocktails. Every family, every century - you'll try it. That's the only way to get an overarching view of as many flavour combinations as possible. Understanding what exists and how the ingredients pair together is crucial for later developing your own signature mixes. You will leave this course with the ultimate palate, having savoured the rarest of drinks the majority of the planet has never heard of. This knowledge will be your secret weapon when it comes to inspiration for innovative creations. 

Some 19th-century cocktails you might meet:

  • Ramos Gin Fizz
  • Martini
  • Martinez
  • Sazerac
  • Brandy Crusta
  • Sherry Cobbler

Some 20th-century cocktails you might meet:

  • Bloody Mary
  • Clover Club
  • Negroni
  • El Presidente
  • Scofflaw

Some modern cocktails you might meet: 

  • Benton's Old Fashioned 
  • Where is the Daquiri
  • Hypercolour Margarita 
  • Gloom Lifter
  • Hot Tamale

We'll also show you how you can add twists to all these drinks.

 

You want to produce cocktails with that wow effect. And extraordinary results require unusual techniques.

You'll have a go at:

  • Spherification
  • Clarification
  • Sous vide
  • Moka pot
  • Liquid carbonation

You’ll study ice as a vital component of a drink. You'll understand:

  • The purpose & necessary quantity of ice
  • How to use ice to change the dynamics of a drink
  • The effect of different types & shapes of ice
  • The purpose of different ice carving tools
  • How to shape ice cubes, balls, and carvings using a knife or ice pick

Tiki creations are a crucial and fascinating (not to mention colourful!) branch of cocktail culture. You'll learn about:

  • Polynesian art, architecture, lifestyle
  • Classic tiki cocktails
  • The heroes of tiki
  • Making your own rum blends

 

Here we'll work on creating well-balanced bespoke cocktails. How? 

  • Understand every aspect that goes into the research and development of a drink
  • Develop your palate with a systematic approach to identifying flavours
  • Design your own workflow for creating original recipes by connecting ingredients, using modifiers, and learning the importance of glassware, ice, and decoration to impress guests with unexpected tastes. 

During the course, a known industry expert will either come to deliver a seminar onsite or close off their bar and give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight. We have privileged access to the World's 50 Best Bars - e.g. Giacomo Giannotti's Paradiso in Barcelona - so bring a pen and notepad as our contacts are sure to share their secrets to opening world-class venues.

This challenge will give you a taste of how many international cocktail competitions work. The Mystery Box will test your mixing skills, requiring you to conjure up a well-balanced cocktail from a box of assorted ingredients. You'll have to think on your feet and call upon the copious cocktail knowledge you've developed over the ten days.

A spirit's sidekicks

The alcohol in a cocktail is undeniably important. But it's the supporting ingredients that bring them depth, nuance, and curb their eye-watering strength. You'll learn to expertly craft the following homemade products... 

Course highlights

Learning at the world's largest bartending school

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First-class courses

Course content that has been continually developed since 1999 by award-winning bartenders

Bartending school facilities

Purpose-built schools

Learn in our state-of-the-art training centres

Basic bartending course instructor

Outstanding instructors

Our trainers have been through the EBS Instructor Academy

Relax, we’ve got you covered

Yes! You can choose to stay at EBS accommodation. Most of our students stay with us as it's the best way to socialise during the course.

No, students from all over the world attend our courses so you'll need to make your own way to the school.

Yes - you can book the course now and settle the payment before the course starts 

Use our flexible payment option to pay for your course in 3 instalments. The first one is only 20% of the course price. The second and third payments are 40% each.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Europe’s most diverse and fascinating city that is fuelled by canals and cocktails 24/7.

English
Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Austria’s premier ski and spa town hosts this super exclusive course right before the ski season.

Barcelona

Barcelona

The beach city that has it all; famous sights, epic nightlife, shopping, and stunning scenery.

English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Berlin

Berlin

Home to unbeatable nights out, remarkable history, and a unique urban culture.

German, English
Brussels

Brussels

A gastronomic gold mine where you can savour Belgian beer, stuff your face with waffles, and rave to techno.

Dutch, French, English
Cape Town

Cape Town

A city of once-in-a-lifetime experiences; explore wildlife reserves, catch the best waves, and see unparalleled beauty.

English, German, French, Italian
Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Take your bartender course in Danish, have the experience of a lifetime and start working straight away!

Danish, English
Dublin

Dublin

A picturesque and vibrant city that has a rich bartending history and amazing nightlife.

Kos

Kos

The stunning Greek island that offers you white sandy beaches, activities, and exceptional nightlife.

English, French
London

London

One of the world’s most iconic, international, and individual cities where bartending is king.

English, Spanish, French, Italian
Madrid

Madrid

Spain’s cosmopolitan-cocktail city with world-famous museums and a buzzing nightlife scene.

Spanish, English, Italian
Mallorca

Mallorca

Explore the beautiful city of Palma, relax on secluded beaches, and experience Magaluf nightlife

English, Spanish, French
Milan

Milan

Check out the fashion capital of the world, awe-inspiring buildings, and eat mouth-watering food.

Italian, English
New York

New York

Experience The City That Never Sleeps, snap the famous sights, and drink outstanding cocktails.

English, Italian, French, Spanish
Paris

Paris

Take in the wonders of the city, taste the best wine and cheese, and fall in love with the cocktail culture.

French, English
Phuket

Phuket

Thailand’s largest island is one of the world’s best party hotspots and a traveller’s dream location.

English, German, French
Rome

Rome

Italy’s capital offers culture unlike any other, fantastic food, and amazing architecture.

Italian, English, Spanish
Stockholm

Stockholm

Island hop around the capital of modern design or have a drink on a floating bar.

Swedish, English
Sydney

Sydney

Explore this buzzing international city, relax on sun-drenched beaches, and experience nature at its best.

English
Vienna

Vienna

The Austrian capital is a majestic city renowned for its beautiful palaces, thriving culture and opulent coffee houses.

German

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