Welcome back – You’ve survived Christmas!

January can be very quiet, but you should have been plenty busy over Christmas and New Year so its the perfect time to invest in yourself and your career to make 2015 even better!

On this week’s show:

ABarAbove’s Cocktail Design Courses

ABarAbove’s excellent courses on Understanding Cocktail Components and Mixology 101 – Get more information on these great courses here.

Adding Value

While the bar is quiet you have lots of time to learn and practice some value adds for your guests:


David Penn’s Street Magic Secrets 2 DVD set is a great starting point for even the complete beginner, but contains magic strong enough that working professionals use some of these effects even today! (Full disclosure, I work in the retail department at World Magic Shop, but I don’t earn a commission on these sales). Ships worldwide. If you’re a little more advanced, check out Doc Eason’s Bar Magic set, available for instant download, also at World Magic Shop. This is the gold standard for bar magic but assumes a little more knowledge.


If you’ve never flaired before, now is  a great time to start! It might be cold outside for practice, but you can practice a lot of the skills you’ll need indoors without the risk of breaking or damaging anything your home. Check out this Flair 101 post from earlier in the year and get this down, and I’ll be bringing way more flair lessons this year!

Bar Bets

YouTube is full of bar bets that you can use to make the most of quiet nights at the bar. You can give these puzzles to your guests at the bar to solve, safe in the knowledge that 99% of them will fail, and if someone actually does win? Buy them a beer and see if they have one for you! If they know the solution to one they most likely know a lot, and you can learn too! Check out Scam School on YouTube for a great selection, including this one we featured last year.


If you’re not one for the show and you’re all about the quality, that’s great too. Spend some time looking through some great books and educate yourself on some of the latest techniques in bartending. I just got my copy of Liquid Intelligence from Amazon yesterday and I’m already inspired from a quick flick through the pages. I have some new equipment on the way, but more on that later. If you’ve not read this book yet, I suggest you add it to your wish list, or treat yourself today!

Drink of the Week

Blushin’ Russian, a variation on the White Russian:

  • 1oz (30ml) Vodka
  • 1oz (30ml) Kahlua Coffee Liquor
  • 1oz (30ml) Double (heavy) Cream
  • 1oz (30ml) Milk
  • ½oz (15ml) Amaretto Float

Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Taken from SauceGuide to cocktails Vol4 – get the latest Diffords Guide to Cocktails (its successor) here.

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