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Become a Bartender – Speed & Multitasking

If you’re serious about becoming a bartender, and more importantly, if you’re serious about making a lot of money bartending, you’d better know how to be fast and that means multitasking.

As you know, there is nothing worse than the sloth bartender who takes forever to get your drink order, and then once they finally do take your order, they take an extra eternity making it and then ringing it up.

Why is speed and multitasking so important? In the first place, nobody is going to tip you well if they have to wait to get their drink, which means you can expect a couple shiny quarters for those 4 cocktails you made.

And in the second place, if you’re making 50 drinks per hour instead of 150 drinks per hour, your tips are going to be three times less (see how quick I am on the math).

In this video, I’m going to show you how exactly how I train my bartenders to multitask so you can make more drinks and rake in more tips per shift. It involves a little hustle, a decent memory, and a little practice and before you know it, you’ll be viewed as the Mick Jagger of the bar scene (substitute a more modern rock star, if that helps you).

If you’re interested in becoming a bartender, even if you have little or no experience, you can check out the details to TheRealBarCourse and see if registration is open at this time. For those of you here for the first time, TheRealBarCourse is unlike any other bartending school or online course you will find, and there is a money-back guarantee. What else could you ask for (besides maybe a bourbon slushee).

Click here for TheRealBarCourse details

With that said, let’s get to the multitasking (if you read the first few paragraphs while watching the video, you’re already an awesome multitasker).

Cheers, until next time,


7 Steps to Becoming a Bartender With Absolutely No Experience

I’m just gonna say it: Bartending is AWESOME! Before starting my business Bar Patrol in 2010, I spent 15 years pouring beers, shaking martinis and creating awesome shots and cocktails for guests who had come to my adult playground to frolic.

And in the process, I was walking home with $300 – $400 per shift each and every night. Not bad for someone who is simply facilitating a party.

As many of you know, a large portion of my business is training people with no experience to become bartenders, so if that’s you, and you’ve come here in search of information on how you can get started raking in fistfuls of cash day after day, night after night, you’ll want to check out the video below, 7 Steps to Becoming a Bartender With Absolutely No Experience.

You can also check out my FREE 3-part video training series on becoming a bartender:

Video 1: The 3 Biggest Bartending School Myths & Lies

Video 2: The 7-Step Guide to Memorizing Drink Recipes Quickly

Video 3: The 7 Rookie Mistakes People Make When Trying to Become a Bartender

For now, let’s get to the 7 Steps to Becoming a Bartender (As you can see, I really like the number 7)

Cheers, until next time.


How to Make a Braveheart Cocktail

The Braveheart Cocktail: best consumed in a kilt (commando, of course), although you can totally sip it in your bathrobe at home if you’re feeling more Heffner than Wallace.

Just don’t expect to battle oppression and tyranny from your sofa wearing a cloth belt.





The Watermelon Negroni Slushee

We all know my affinity for Bourbon Slushees (I’ve stated out loud more than once that if 7-Eleven were ever to invest in a Bourbon Slushee machine in my area, I would be in at least once per day to purchase an extra large cup, along with a couple of those beef jerky sticks in the clear plastic bins that thousands of people touch).

For now, I’ll have to make them at home, along with my newest interpretation of sophistication: the Negroni Slushee.

Or more specifically, the Watermelon Negroni Slushee.

There’s nothing better than taking a classic, refined cocktail with decades of chronicled history behind it and reducing it to something you could buy on the Vegas strip in one of those 3-foot long plastic tubes.

In other words, it ruins cocktail purists’ day, and for reasons I can’t explain, that brings me joy.

In this case, it simply had to be done because the Watermelon Negroni Slushee, with it’s bitter and refreshing flavors is absolutely and unapologetically delightful. And it’s still summer for a little bit longer. Which means you can be sophisticated and still remain child-like, all in one drunken summer afternoon while streaking down your Slip-n-Slide.

So, take your snob hat off and stay for awhile. Don’t be Sam from Green Eggs and Ham. Try it, try it and you will see..

You’ll love, love, love the Watermelon Negroni Slushee!

The best advice I can give for any cocktail that you are going to blend that contains only alcohol and no mixers is to mix them all in a one covered container and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours so that when the liquid hits the ice, it doesn’t dilute the drink nearly as much.

Nothing melts ice faster than liquor.

Also, even though we are blending drinks like we’re at TGIF’s, it goes without saying to use quality alcohol for each. I’ll leave it up to your preference.


4 oz. Gin
2 oz. Campari
2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 Cup Watermelon Cubes
3 Cups of Ice


1. Mix the three alcohols together in a container with a lid and put in the freezer to chill for at least 2 hours.

2. When you’re ready, place alcohol, watermelon and ice in the blender and blend on high until smooth.

3. Pour into fancy summer glasses and garnish with a watermelon slice.

Enjoy your slushee and be careful, because it’s habit-forming!

Cheer, until next time,


How to Make an Otter Pop Shot

Remember Otter Pops? Those long frozen treats with all the sugar and artificial colors and flavors you needed to give you the energy to terrorize your neighborhood all day long in the summer.

Well, this is the same thing…except for adults. Who want the energy and courage to embarrass themselves at their local watering hole all night long. In any season.


All About Bourbon


Wondering how bourbon is made or a little about its history? I got a crash course here that will have you sipping bourbon by the end of the hour. Have any questions, shoot me a message and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I am sober.

How to go From Barback to Bartender in 5.2 Seconds

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Ok, maybe not 5.2 seconds, but fast stuff is so cool I just couldn’t help myself.

As you may or may not be aware, the entire purpose of my bartender online course, TheRealBarCourse, is to get you well-trained and then get you a bartending job as quickly as possible, but if you’re a barback or are looking to get hired as a barback, there are highly effective ways to accelerate your path to becoming a bartender quickly.

Because the truth is, if you are looking to become a bartender and you have no experience, getting hired as a barback is one path you can’t go wrong with, for a few reasons:

1) You get your foot in the door

2) You get free training on how to become a bartender (if you pay attention)

3) You still make decent money (the average barback walks with $100+ in tips on the weekends)

4) If you play your cards right, you can move up the ranks from barback to bartender rather quickly and make even more money

At TheRealBarCourse we teach people with absolutely no experience how to practice skills, memorize drinks and lay out a plan to become a bartender all within 21 days, but you could just as easily become a barback first because it puts you on a sure path to bartenderism (I know that’s not a word, but it’s fun to say and it’s my blog, so zip it).


First off, congratulations! I know that technically barbacks are considered below bartenders on the bar and nightclub food chain, but the real truth is, they are the heart and soul of many bars throughout the world.

Like under-appreciated school secretaries, barbacks are the oil that makes the machine run smoothly. We as bartenders can barely function without them at times. But, unlike secretaries who will never get their credential and become teachers, you as a barback can move up the ranks quickly and become a bartender, which means you become cooler and richer and gain higher status than when you were a barback.

Second, if becoming a bartender is truly important to you, taking your job as a barback seriously needs to go to the top of your priority list (right above “Buy giant burrito for lunch”).

Back in 2007, I had a barback working for me named Carlos who was the Tasmanian Devil of barbacks. He would whirl in and out of the bar so fast it made me dizzy. I couldn’t believe he never broke things or buzz-sawed through the bar like the real Tasmanian Devil on Bugs Bunny.

Carlos has ruined me for all other barbacks because I now measure and compare them to Carlos, which is bad for them because when I think of the perfect barback, I think of Carlos, and the only thing that would ever prevent me as a manager from promoting someone that awesome to bartender would be that I would lose a great barback, but in reality, bartenders who used to be barbacks are usually amazing because they know everything that needs to be done, both on the bartending side and the barback side. Super valuable.

What I’m trying to say is: Be like Carlos. Put your ego in your pocket, be a humble servant and be the type of employee and person that nobody can stop talking about.

How do you do that? It’s a simple formula that has worked for centuries among many industries and professions, so pay close attention.


1. Work Your Ass Off. 

Hmmm…hard work. What an interesting concept. I think my great-grandfather did something like that a few generations ago. You should try it too. Most of the young whipper-snappers of today’s generation have forgotten how to do that, which means not only will you be noticed, you will stand out like a star in an empty galaxy.

2. Anticipate

Probably my favorite characteristic that Carlos possessed was his ability to anticipate what I needed before I even asked for it. I would pour the last of a Jack Daniels bottle and as I was taking the pour spout off, Carlos would hand me a new opened bottle of JD so all I had to do was put the pour spout in. He filled our fruit trays, filled our juices, got us ice, took out bus tubs, cleared plates and even took orders from guests. He was EVERYWHERE. If you do this for your bartenders, they will LOVE you, and so will the manager who decides who becomes a bartender next.

3. Ask Questions

The big advantage of being a barback is that you are working in the classroom. This is waaaaaay better than any bartending school. It’s REAL. All you have to do is make sure you’re asking questions from the people who know what they’re doing. Ask the bartenders, ask the manager. Ask how they make certain drinks, how they pour them, should you shake or stir. Ask to be their Jedi-in-training. Just make sure to ask competent bartenders or you are going to end up with a lot of sloppy bad habits.

4. Let it be Known You Want to Bartend

All this learning and working hard will do you no good if you don’t be completely up front about your desire to be the next bartender. Don’t be cocky or demanding or give an ultimatum (at least not yet). Simply let it be known that your purpose for working there is to learn so you can become a bartender as quickly as possible. If you don’t share this knowledge, how would the manager ever know? If they don’t know, then you’ll continue to be a secretary for the rest of your life.

Best of luck on your path the bartenderism!

If you’re ready to jump all in and become a bartender right now, CLICK HERE.

Cheers, until next time,

The RB

All About Vodka

In this video I’m going to share with you all the essential facts and details of where vodka comes from, how vodka is made and some other fun facts you don’t want to miss.


Cheers, until next time,

The RB

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