All great cocktails start with great spirits.

Improved knowledge of spirits will go a long way toward improving your bar business. A bartender that can speak confidently and knowledgeably is likely to improve the check average and customer satisfaction. Our Bar Consulate team custom designs spirit education classes appropriate for the venue, staff, and cocktail list. Additionally, we work to improve your purchasing and inventory knowledge.

Expand Your Knowledge of Spirits and Cocktails

Do you know which spirits are best to drink during the summer? Which are best to drink during the winter? Each spirit has it’s own unique classification. Knowing more about each spirit will expand your overall knowledge of cocktails and allow you to be more creative in selecting which drinks you want to serve and why. 

Spirit Education with The Bar Consulate

Learn more about where each spirit, comes from, how they are distilled, and what makes each of them special in their own way. The Bar Consulate is here to give you a more well-rounded spirit education so you can make drinks like a professional. 

Whiskey is mainly produced in only four countries around the world: United States, Canada, Scotland, and Ireland. They normal vary in “strength” ranging from 70 proof to 110 proof. Whiskey is aged and wood and obtained through distilling it in a fermented mash of grain.

Gin, like whiskey, is also distilled from grain but gets its flavor juniper berries and other variables. No two gin recipes are exactly the same but all gins must still abide by a strict set of rules. Gin to this day is still the national drink of England. Depending on where you are you may hear gin be called many different things including “English Dry Gin”, “London Dry”, or “Extra Dry” just to name a few but in realty they all basically mean the same thing. 

Vodka is distilled in an extremely similar manner to that of whiskey in terms of being fermented in a mash of grains, but the methodology is what differs. Vodka is distilled at a much higher proof to help remove the flavor, normally 190 proof or above. The biggest difference between the two is whiskey is aged and vodka is not. Vodka can be made from potatoes but is normal made using grains like corn, rye, and wheat. Vodka was the fasting growing spirit sales in the 1960s.

Tequila has a unique flavor that is tart and tingly. It is obtaining using fermented juice (sap) from a mescal plant called the pulque. the mescal plant is a type of agave plant and is the only source of tequila in the world. In the 1970s, Tequila overtook vodka for the fasting growing spirits sales.

Wherever you can find sugar can you can also find rum. You will find different types of rum around the world but the largest supplier of rum is the Caribbean Islands. This is due to the climate, which provides the perfect environment to grow sugar can in mass quantities.  by definition, rum is any alcoholic distillate made from a sugar can product. dark and light rums differ based on the pace of the fermentation and maturing process.

Created by the Christian monks in the middle ages to help the sick, Liqueurs became popular add-ons to other spirits to make drinks. they are composed of distilled spirits with a combination of sugars, fruits, herbs, and spices.

Brandy is made from the mashing of grapes and distilled wine. White wine is normally used to make brandy. Depending on where you get it from, the taste and location of distilling will differ. In the unites states, over 75% of the brandy is from California grapes but brandy’s differ. For example, European brandy normal comes from France and Greece (Cognac and Metaxa)