This site was founded by professionals with over 34 years in the hospitality industry including training people to become professionals in the industry as a resource for professional bartenders and mixologists. On this site you will find a wealth of information including:

  • A community forum where green horns and old hands alike can trade experiences and ideas
  • Links to Bartending Schools and State certification Courses
  • A large recipe database with a review and ratings system
  • An online store to purchase bartending supplies
  • An Amazon bookstore chock full of great reference books
  • Online job database
  • Bartending videos
  • A link exchange with other websites
  • An online magazine with important information on new product offerings and Legislation related to the industry

The Best Cocktail Bars On Long Island, NY

Matthew Kourie - The Huffington Post

Craft cocktails are on the rise in a big way. Post modern versions of the cocktail bar have taken over Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and are spilling over onto Long Island, (pun intended.) In this new golden era of craft cocktails, it all came together at the NY Cocktail Expo...where the very best in mixology showcase their amazing cocktails, exhibiting the top spirits. Click Here To Read More!

With Moderate Drinking Under Fire, Alcohol Companies Go on Offensive

Public-health officials who long said light drinking was good for the heart are now warning of cancer risks, causing ripples through the alcohol industry

By JUSTIN SCHECK and TRIPP MICKLE - The Wall Street Journal

At a brewers’ conference this spring, an alcohol lobbyist fired a warning shot in what has become a multimillion-dollar global battle. Public-health officials “want to tell you that alcohol causes cancer,” Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, told the crowd. The industry, she said, was in danger of losing its “health halo.”

For decades, beer, wine and liquor producers have been helped by a notion, enshrined in a number of governments’ dietary advice, that a little alcohol can provide modest coronary and other health benefits.

Rapidly, that advice is shifting as health-policy officials around the world scrutinize their previous advice in the light of research pointing to possible cancer risks.

The change is pressuring the alcohol industry in some of its biggest markets, including the U.S., the U.K. and Russia. Its response is as expensive and sprawling as the threat it perceives, including attacking anti-alcohol advocates’ research and working with governments to formulate policy. Alcohol companies are also funding their own research, including a plan by four companies to contribute tens of millions dollars toward the cost of a rigorous study. Click Here To Read More!

Four Aged Cachaças Perfect For Bourbon Lovers

By Graham Averill | August 18, 2016 - pastemagazine.com

Brazil is responsible for a good number of cultural contributions to the world (see: Brazilian-cut bikinis), but maybe the greatest is cachaça, a rum-like spirit made from pure sugarcane. Until recently, 99% of cachaça has been consumed inside Brazilian borders, but thanks to some international diplomacy between the U.S. and Brazil, cachaça is becoming more available in the U.S. (we’re sending them some bourbon in return). And here’s the best part: we’re starting to see some really great cachaça wash up on our shores—small batch, thoughtfully made spirits that have been aged for years in oak and native Brazilian woods, that can give our beloved bourbon a run for its money. Click Here To Read More!

How Much Has Legalized Happy Hour Helped Chicago Restaurants and Bars?

by Ashok Selvam - chicago.eater.com

An examination of its effects on the industry after one year A year after state lawmakers made happy hour legal in Illinois, legislators and lobby groups say the law has boosted sales and presents a shining example of local politicians helping businesses. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law last July, bringing back happy hour after 26 years, and also mandating staff Basset alcohol training. "Obviously, we think it’s been an overwhelming positive," said Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association. Click Here To Read More!

Rising the Ranks - From Behind the Bar to the Corporate Office

Alexis Sclamberg - The Huffington Post

I enjoy good food, yummy cocktails, and delicious wine. I appreciate ambiance, comfort, and good service. Who doesn’t? But what I absolutely love most of all are the real life stories of the people behind these experiences. So after a perfect night at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills—dinner al fresco accompanied by live music, watching the fire’s flicker of flames dance along the walls of the restaurant, specialty cocktails (I started with a bubbly berry concoction mixed right at the table), perfectly paired wine, and a cascade of delectable dishes—from Sonoma goat cheese ravioli and ahi tuna tartare to Kansas City Strip steak (dry aged extra long so the flavor jumped out with each bite) and black truffle mac and cheese to a heavenly peanut butter pie (that propelled me well beyond my “I’ll just have one bite” intention)—I was completely satiated and enormously grateful to have a moment to connect personally with Andrea Hoover, Cameron Mitchell Restaurant’s (CMR) Beverage Operations Manager.

What I heard was an inspiring story of how she is making her mark as a woman in a male-dominated industry — having risen the ranks from bartender to corporate leader — and about a company that intentionally and enthusiastically nurtures, grows, and invests in their employees. Click Here To Read More!

Pokémon Go: Restaurants and bars cash in on Pokéstop locations

Mazin Sidahmed in New York - theguardian.com

The Guardian hit the streets to speak to restaurateurs who have transformed their establishments into money-making Pokéstops, but not everyone is happy with invasions of Pokémon catchers.

Bars and restaurants across the country have been scrambling to cash in on the Pokémon Go phenomenon and lure budding trainers into their establishments, but the company behind the game is hoping to monetize it even further by introducing sponsored locations.

Restaurateurs quickly realized the potential value in the game, as players often wander into businesses looking for their next catch. The luckier restaurants are already key locations in the game, known as Pokéstops for players to recharge, and gyms to train their Pokémon, which draw more players. Click Here To Read More!

The most exciting restaurant and bar openings of July 2016

By Erin Kuschner - timeout.com

It's hard to keep up with all the restaurant and bar openings, closings, chef swaps and revamps that happen every day in this city. What's worth spending your money on and what's all just hype? We're here to help you out with that. At the end of each month, we'll give a recap of the most exciting additions to enter LA's dining and drinking scene, whether it's a new ice cream shop or a creative cocktail bar. Here are a few July openings that are worth a visit. Click Here To Read More!

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