Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lesson 13: Shooters

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Free Online Bartending School. A nice little way to learn about bartending on the web.

Today, we will go over shooters.


Shooters are awesome party drinks that are usually served in a shot glass. They are usually sweet and are not as strong as drinking a straight shot of whiskey or tequila. Since they're not too strong and it actually taste really good, they are really a good way to get both guys and girls drunk with.

Since they're tiny, we can easily drink shooters, and they're just a fun way to get drunk when you have a bunch of people around. It's always a great feeling when we all raise our shot glasses and drink "bottoms up" with our good friends.

As a bartender, it is in your best interest to know a lot of shooter recipes. When you can make good shooters, there is a high likelihood that the party or the bar you host will have a lot of people drunk. At a bar setting, that will usually mean a few rounds of shooters, and the more you make, the more money you make. And if you're at a party, you will definitely be the center of attention if you can make good shooters for your guests.

Shooters are just an awesome thing to master as a bartender. They are cool, make you look like you're an awesome bartender, and people really enjoy drinking them.


Shooters are best served in a shot glass. There has been some cool shot glasses invented these days to serve shooters in. Here are some that I found which are pretty cool.


These are shot glasses made from ice in your freezer. Imagine serving a ice cold Jagger or Kamikaze on these things. People will love you for it.


If you have a bunch of hot girls coming over to your party, these are recommended. Serve cream based drinks with whipped cream like a Blowjob or Cum Shot. shooter. Hopefully, they'll love you for it.


These are kind of cool since you can move around with it. The extra mobility allows you or your waitress to pass around the shooters to your guests. And it's a cool experience drinking out of a test tube. Try serving something wacky in color shooters, like a Blue Kamikaze or a Midori Sour.


And if all else fails, it's totally cool to just serve them in a regular shot glasses like the ones above. They still make drinking a shooter fun. A good word of advice is to stick your shot glasses in the freezer to keep it really cold. That's a free way to enhance the shooter experience.

Before going into the recipe portion of this lesson, here are a few videos that I liked. They each highlight some aspects of making a shooter.


This one shows you how to flame a shooter. Do this at your own risk since it does cause fires if you aren't careful.



Here is a simple little video on how to make a blowjob shooter. The whipped cream part is the part to focus on.



And here's one that teaches you how to layer a drink. The bartender is clever to use a cherry to pour the liqueur with. I learned to use the back of a spoon to layer a drink, but this method is tedious since you got to wash the spoon, and I didn't succeed very well since you have to find a spoon that fits your shot glass nicely. Try out this cherry technique shown on the video.

Also, when I usually make shooters for a large group of people, I like to mix it in a cocktail mixer, then pour it in a line of shot glasses like the picture below.


All right, here comes the recipe part of this lesson. There are literally thousands of shooter recipes available. I tried to pick out some of the most popular shooters that customers will usually order. In addition, there are usually many variations for some of the popular shooters below, so once you find a different recipe, check it out to see which one you like more.

The recipe below will be usually shaken and strained in a cocktail tin, except when it says "layer" or "pour." Layer will mean using the layering technique in the video above, and pour will mean just mixing the cocktails without shaking and straining.

Most of the recipe below should equal 1 oz. after mixing.

Shooter Recipes

Kamikaze
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/4 oz. Triple Sec
1/4 oz Rose's Lime Juice


Blue Kamikaze
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/4 oz. Blue Curacao
1/4 oz Rose's Lime Juice

B-52
1/2 oz. Bailey's
1/4 oz. Kahlua
1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
Layer or pour


Blowjob
1/2 oz Bailey's Irish cream
1/2 oz Amaretto
Pour
Top with Whipped cream


Buttery Nipple
1/2 oz Butterscotch Liqueur
1/2 oz Bailey's Irish cream

Cum Shot
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. Bailey's Irish cream
Pour
Top with Whipped cream


Girl Scout Cookie
1/2 oz Kalhua
1/2 oz Irish cream liqueur
1/2 oz Peppermint Schnapps

Grasshopper
1/3 oz Crème de Menthe (Green)
1/3 oz Crème de Cacao
1/3 oz Light Cream

Jagger Bomb
1 1/2 oz Jägermeister
1/2 can Red Bull Energy Drink
Serve it in two glasses like shown below


Melon Ball
1/2 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Midori
1/4 oz Pineapple Juice

Lemon Drop
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Lemon juice
1 Sugar Cube


Kool Aid
1/3 oz Midori
1/3 oz Amaretto
1/3 oz Cranberry Juice

Oatmeal Cookie
1/4 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1/4 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
1/4 oz Jägermeister
1/4 oz Goldschlager

Organism
1/3 oz Amaretto
1/3 oz Kalua
1/3 oz Bailey's Irish Cream

Peanut Butter and Jelly
1/2 oz Frangelico
1/2 oz Chambord

Purple Hooter
1/2 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Chambord
1/4 oz Rose's Lime Juice


Screaming Organism
1/4 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Amaretto
1/4 oz Kaluha
1/4 oz Bailey's Irish Cream

Toostie Roll
1/3 oz Vodka
1/3 oz Kahlua
1/3 oz Orange Juice


Woo Woo
1/2 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Peach Schnapps
1/4 oz Cranberry Juice
Lime Wedge

Here are some recipes to start you off with. As I said, there are thousands of shooter recipes available, so you should learn them as you go along your journey to become a bartender.

One final note is that once you get people drunk enough with shooters, you can finish them off with straight shots of tequila. Be sure to serve lime wedges and salt so that you can look like a professional bartender.

As always, I do recommend you going out and try making the shooters above. It's good practice for you, and you'll know how each one will taste like.

Okay, so until next time, good luck studying, and Cheers!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lesson 12: Sweet and Sour Based Drinks

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Free Online Bartending School. A great way to learn about bartending for free on the web.

In this lesson, we will go over Sweet and Sour based cocktails.


Sweet and sour was discussed back in Lesson 3, Bartender's Mixes. Sweet and Sour is basically a substitute for lemon juice and sugar syrup (simple syrup) that bartenders in the past used. (As a note, some high end bars still use lemon juice and sugar syrup.)


However in the present day, the practice of mixing lemon juice and sugar have become rare. Lemon juice has the tendency to spoil, and sugar syrup is tedious to make. In addition there cost issues when using fresh lemons. It is also easy to mix the two poorly, which will create a cocktail that's either too sweet or too sour.

In order to avoid all this hassle, bartenders now use a sweet and sour mix. Sweet and sour mix is probably the most used mix that you'll use as a bartender. You use a sweet and sour mix to make all sorts of cocktails ranging from a Midori Sour, Margarita, to a Long Island Ice Tea. It is an extremely versatile mix.

Sweet and sour has a tangy, sweet taste. It has the tendency to become foamy as you shake it in a cocktail shaker which helps to make a pleasant cocktail.

A nice point to note is that sweet and sour based drinks are usually party favorites. They are extremely simple to mix - Midori & Sour mix for a Midori Sour - but they taste great. Girls like to drink it, and it is easy to get people drunk with. So next time you plan a party, try using the recipes from this lesson. You'll probably have a really nice party.


All that being said, here are a few videos on how to make some great cocktails the margarita and the Long Island Ice Tea.


The guy in this video makes a great margarita. I like to use the lime like he does with a lime juicer. However, I use the standard recipe shown in the section below with the squeeze of lime, and without the sugar. It's so good that I used to always get my customers to get second and third rounds.



This is a nice little video on how to make the Long Island Ice Tea. Very simple and straight forward. Notice that she doesn't use any tequila in her mix as it is optional.

All right, now comes the memorizing part. Be sure you memorize all the recipes here as well as all the glasses that you'll serve them in.

Sweet and Sour Based Cocktail Recipes

Whiskey Sour
1 oz. Whiskey
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Garnish with a Cherry
Serve in Rocks Glass

Midori Sour
1 oz. Midori
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Garnish with a Cherry
Serve in Rocks Glass

Amaretto Sour
1 oz. Amaretto
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Garnish with a Cherry
Serve in Rocks Glass


Long Island Ice Tea
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Tequila (Optional)
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Rum
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Splash of Coke
Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Serve in Collins Glass

Electric Ice Tea
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1/2 oz. Rum
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Splash of 7 Up
Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Serve in Collins Glass

Adios Mother Fucker
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Rum
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Splash of 7 Up
Garnish with a Twist
Serve in Collins Glass


Long Beach Ice Tea (Boston Ice Tea)
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1/2 oz. Rum
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Serve in Collins Glass

Singapore Sling
1/2 oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Tequila
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Fill with Soda
Top with 1/2 oz. Cherry Brandy
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Collins Glass


Vodka Collins
1 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Fill with Soda
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Collins Glass

Tom Collins
1 oz. Gin
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Fill with Soda
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Collins Glass


John Collins
1 oz. Whiskey
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Fill with Soda
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Collins Glass

Joe Collins
1 oz. Scotch
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Shake
Fill with Soda
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Collins Glass

Mai Tai
1 oz. Light Rum
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Splash of Pinapple Juice
Shake and Pour
Float 1/2 oz. of Myer's Dark Rum
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Hurricane glass


Zombie
1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Dark Rum
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Creme de Almond
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Sweet and Sour
Splash of Pinapple Juice
Shake and Pour
Float 1/2 oz. of Bacardi 151 Rum
Garnish with Cherry
Serve in Hurricane glass

Daiquiri
1 oz. Light Rum
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. Sweet and Sour

Strawberry Daiquiri
1 oz. Light Rum
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Mix (Or Island Oasis Mix)
Blend with Ice


Margarita
1 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Squeeze of 1/4 to 1/2 Lime
Garnish with a Lime
Rim glass with Salt if asked
Serve in a Margarita Glass


Blue Margarita
1 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour
Garnish with a Lime
Rim glass with Salt
Margarita Glass


All right, so as always, I'm going to recommend that you go out and actually try making these cocktails. Practice makes perfect, and if you like the cocktails that you make, I am sure your customers will too.

Good luck studying and until next time, Cheers!



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