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The Mixology Certification Program

You're already a great bartender.
Become a skilled Mixologist and take your career to the next level!

The Mixology Certification Program

You're already a great bartender.
Become a skilled Mixologist and take your career to the next level!

"I started bartending because I fell in love with the craft of the cocktail, and got so much satisfaction from making a great drink. But when I started trying to design my own cocktails, I struggled to find great resources to help me learn the intricacies of balance, as well as the different kinds of sweeteners, acids, and bitter components to use in my drinks.

It took years to teach myself - but it was worth it. I've had opportunities to design cocktail menus, work with brands, and consult for bars and restaurants all over the world.

Now I've built this program to share what I've learned, so you can achieve a fulfilling career, leveraging your mixology skills to get your drinks on the menu and advance your career into management, consulting and beyond."

- Chris Tunstall

Learn the advanced skills, tricks and techniques for designing original cocktails from scratch - without wasting time or product along the way.

  • Get your original ideas and creations on the cocktail menu
  • Design drinks for events, brands, or cocktail competitions
  • Advance your career and express your creativity behind the bar
  • Impress guests with custom drinks to increase your tips & check averages

Introducing A Bar Above's...

Mixology Certification Program

Training, Community and Recognition

Introducing A Bar Above's...

Mixology Certification Program

Training, Community and Recognition

An online program made up of in-depth video courses, an active Facebook community and a two-part final examination that will build and cement your skills as a cocktail creator.

Bartending vs. Mixology

Bartending

Bartending is all about hospitality and the guest experience.

You make great drinks, but you also manage the atmosphere of the bar, build relationships with regulars and handle the operations of the bar while it's open. Bartending is a skill and an art, and doing it well is both challenging and incredibly rewarding.

Mixology

Mixology is the work you do long before the guest walks in the door.

It's the art of creating syrups, tinctures and bitters that perfectly blend with the other ingredients you're using in a cocktail. It's experimenting with techniques, flavors and textures to design unique cocktails that create a memorable experience for guests.

This program does not teach bartending.

We teach Mixology.

This comprehensive program teaches everything we learned about cocktail design and technique from more than a decade working behind great cocktail bars.

It is for bartenders who want to learn the skills and techniques of Mixology so they can create original drinks for guests and get their name on the cocktail menu.

I found your mixology course incredibly insightful, enjoyable to work through, and really powerful. I am an experienced bartender, with a strong knowledge of cocktails and a good taste for what works...but the information that you guys presented really clarified things for me. I gained a deeper understanding of cocktail concepts and particularly valued your process of evolving unique cocktails from classic cocktails. I've been recommending this course to all my bartending friends who are curious about getting into mixology!

Jonathan Bluks

Program Details:

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Here's a look "under the hood" - a real screenshot from one of the course units.

"I find that my cocktails are more organized now and completed with a minimum of alcohol waste and trial and error. It is like being empowered with a clear thought process."

Joel

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When you enroll in the program, you’ll immediately get access to the training and an invitation to join our exclusive Facebook community.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We created this program because we were frustrated at the lack of great Mixology training and resources out there, and we wanted to help bartenders and cocktail lovers experience the thrill of creating an original, delicious drink.

If you are unsatisfied for any reason at all, you can contact us and I'll give you a full refund - no questions asked.

FAQ's

Is this like a Bartending Class?

No, this program is designed to teach how to use different ingredients together in cocktails - but does not cover basic bartending techniques like shaking, stirring, muddling, etc. I recommend you wait until you are fairly comfortable with your bartending skills before enrolling in this program.

How is this program different from BarSmarts?

BarSmarts is a great class, and I highly recommend it. This program is quite different, and is designed to teach a different subject matter. Barsmarts is more focused on teaching about spirits and going into the history of each, as well as teaching basic bartending skills and techniques and common cocktail recipes.

This Cocktail Design Program does not cover basic bartending skills or recipes, and focuses instead on teaching how the different ingredients work together to result in great drinks. You'll also learn a framework for designing cocktails on paper, so you can reduce costly trial-and-error and make better drinks faster.

Why are you charging money for this course?

We considered partnering with liquor brands to make this course free for the public, but decided we would rather stay independent so we could be completely free to use and recommend the products we prefer. Nothing in this course has been underwritten by any brands or products.

As a result, we do need to charge money for the course - both to pay for our costs creating it, and to help support this site long-term. This course helps pay for all of the free blog posts, podcast and videos that we create every week.

We really appreciate your support!

How long will it take to Complete?

You are welcome to take the classes at your own pace. A quicker student might finish 3-5 modules per week and finish the program in around 3-4 weeks. In general, I'd recommend planning for around 6-8 weeks to finish the entire program.

What tools and / or Ingredients will I need?

You can take the course without any tools or ingredients at all - but to get the fullest experience, you'll want to work through the homework suggestions for each module.

To get the most out of the program, here's everything you'll need to do all of the homework:

Ingredients:

  • Fruit: Limes, Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit
  • Sugars: Table sugar, Turbinado or Demerara Sugar, Honey, Agave or Maple Syrup and a couple low-calorie sweeteners like Splenda, NutraSweet, etc.
  • Spirits: Six different spirits or styles of spirits. Mini bottles would be enough.
  • Bitters: one bottle of Angostura bitters
  • Eggs: Fresh eggs, and pasteurized egg whites and powdered egg whites are optional

Tools:

  • Bar spoon
  • Shaker set
  • Strainer
  • Vegetable peeler or Sharp Knife

Want to give as a gift?

Interested in giving a gift certificate for the program? Contact us directly and we'll be happy to create one.

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When you enroll in the program, you’ll immediately get access to the training and an invitation to join our exclusive Facebook community.

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We're here to share what we learn and help our industry learn and grow.

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