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Derived from previous discussions This page contains references to the culminated wisdom and opinions of those recurring topics. Based, in the first instance, soley on historical Webtender Forum discussions and referencing (as far as is possible) the 'last word' on the subject.

All items will be listed in this one page for easy scanning = until it gets too big.

Additions of either questions or multiple answers are welcome, but please try to keep answers/quotes as short as possible, and refer directly back to the relevant discussion context.

(META: I'm unsure about the best wiki-format way to quote quotes - I'm using the syntax I found over at wikiquote - but I don't like it Melonman)


Other Resources

Miss Charming has a FAQ of her own, also largely cross-referenced back to Webtender discussions.

For more prosaic Question-and-answer topics, The Webtender already mirrors the The (Un)Official Internet Bartender's Guide and has a measurement chart and A Liquor Gravity Chart for layering, among other info.

The Webtender forum has a working search. Use it.


How To Get (someone) Drunk Quick?

Also known as: ( I don't like the taste of alcohol How to spike a drink? What will get someone messed up really quick? What's really strong but you can't taste it? )

What's The Deal With Absinthe?

Absinthe has it's own FAQ. It's hard to get, but not banned in most places. It's dangerous to drink, but not poisonous. It's a different kind of drunk, but (modern Absinthe e.g. Absente) does not contain Thujone or hallucinogens. Real absinthe, such as Nouvelle Orleans, does contain Thujone which is a hallucinogen. However, properly made absinthe has a concentration of Thujone of less than 5 ppm which is well under the legal limit. Chemical studies have been done on pre-ban absinthe showing that the absinthe at that time also had a low Thujone content. Absinthe

What's The Deal With Red Bull?

Red Bull does not contain Bulls blood, semen, urine etc. It does contain caffine, taurine and other stimulants which are tough on the body when mixed with the depressant alcohol and may both encourage, and heighten the effects of, severe over-intoxication. Red Bull

What's The Shelf Life Of XXX?

AKA: I found this bottle in the back of the cabinet - is it OK to drink?

Note that 'aged' spirits like Reposado Tequila refer to the time spent in the cask prior to bottling, not the time on the shelf. Port and Brandy however apparently continue to mature slightly in the bottle itself (ref?)

Making Drinks

Recipes are easy to find but finding the right version, or the 'real' one can be tricky. This section will not attempt to cover the details of individual drinks, but a few broader questions.

How To Copyright A Drink?

With only one or two exceptions (The Trader Vic Mai Tai & The New Orleans Tropical Isle® Hand Grenade) - There is no patent or copyright process for recipes (cocktail, or otherwise). Basically the only thing you're able to copyright is the NAME of the drink.

The way to remain associated with the cocktail once it gets into the wild is to have a damn good legend behind it.

Almost the only time you can get a firm name and date publically assigned to a drink - and its definative recipe {...is to...} win a competition with it and get published in the trade mags!

What's The Recipe For XXXX That I Had In A Beach Bar On Holiday? It was pink and had three juices in it

Phone up the Hotel/ Bar where you had this drink/ cocktail and ask them if they will give you the recipe. They may say yes.

If you like a drink, then do try to remember its name. This can be achieved by writting it down, or keeping the itemised reciept (if you were given one).

It's pretty much guaranteed that the name was made up by the bar or bartender in that one little spot, probably following a pun on the bars theme or some in-joke, and has not been heard of outside its doors. There are however only so many decent recipe combinations, so most likely is that other folk are selling the same thing with a different name, swapping Chambord for Peach Schnapps, or Pineapple for OJ etc. If a web search turns up nothing, and the name seems to be somehow 'appropriate' to the bar you found it in (eg 'reef rash' in a surfer bar) ... you are out of luck.

How Much Is A "Part" In A Recipe?

What's Sour Mix?

"Sour Mix", "Sweet & Sour Mix" and, for that matter "Margarita Mix" and "Tom Collins Mix" are all pretty much the same thing. They refer to some combination of lemon, maybe lime, sugar and water (or simple syrup) and possibly (rarely) egg white or egg white powder.

This can be either totally made from a powder packet, a concentrated syrup/cordial or lovingly by hand. The powder, the syrup, the ready-to-use diluted pre-mixes and the hand-made pre-mix are each called "Sour Mix" occasionally leading to some confusion.

The key to a properly made sour mix is balance. If you do it right, with the right ratios, and with quality ingredients. You should achieve a balance between sweet and sour that is devine. Which version is used where depends on the establishment, demand and availability. Cheryl has more.

How To Mix/Pre-mix Large Amounts Of A Cocktail?

This is easier than people think. If you have a recipe that states "1 part this, 1 part that", then all you have to do is substitute the word "part" for bottles, half bottles, 50ml, 500ml etc etc.

How Much Alcohol Do I Need For A Party/Wedding?

You have to guess But Cheryl has some suggestions


An accompaniment to the Webtender "Behind The Bar" Forum

How To Get A Job As A Bartender?

There are plenty of opinions out there. Start with Cheryls

How To Get A Job As A Barback?

What's The Legal Age To Serve Drinks?

What To Put On A Bartender CV/Resume?

What Makes A Good Bartender?

What Makes A Good Barback?

If you can spot that an ice bin is going to run out in 10 minutes - make time to fill it now - not then. Keep an eye on the beers and bottles, and have the replacement handy before it's needed. This also saves YOU many trips back and forth if you can predict what you'll need next time.

Is Bartending School Worth It?

It depends on the school. Union-affiliated bartending schools typically have strong courses with good job prospects. However, almost anyone can start a bartending school, so the quality of instruction can vary a lot at the other schools. Because of this, many bar managers don't take bartending school graduates seriously unless they have other experience.

How To Deal With Workmates That Don't Tip Out Correctly?

How To Handle Busy Crowds?

How do you say...

  • ...cachaça?
  • ...Cointreau?
  • ...curaçao?

How To Increase Tips?

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