What kind of drinks I will have to know (that are quite common) for bartending?!

Question: What kind of drinks I will have to know (that are quite common) for bartending?
Hi-desert Southern California- I've worked serving drinks but not so much cocktails and mixed drinks. Could anyone give me alittle bit of what is common? I'll find how to make it exactly unless you see multiple ways of making- thanks in advance!


You've recieved some bum advice so far.

Bartending "schools" are a sham, and myself and every colleague I know, intentionally refuses to hire bar school grads. They learn a few drinks and think they're the shi&, but can't even change a keg, know nothing about wine/pairings, love sour mix for some unknown reason and stand behind a real bar with the deer in the headlights face, praying to God the customer orders a bottled beer.

Also, martinis DON'T come in a thousand different varieties. A martini is made with gin, a good amount of dry vermouth (none of this bone-dry crap: that's just a glass of cold gin), traditionally a splash of orange bitters and a twist, although olives are now acceptable. Anything else is a cocktail, NOT a martini. Recently, vodka martinis have become popular, but again, they're not martinis, they're vodka martinis.

This link has good suggestions: http://www.mixographer.com/2006/05/top-t…
I'd add a Manhattan, a mojito and an Old Fashioned to that list, as well.

Hiring barstaff for 15 years.

You should really take a bartending class, you're going to have to know a ton of drinks. Either that or buy a cocktail book and memorize it.

Martinis come in many, many different mixtures. Good luck with trying to learn them all. Every time I go out, I see a new flavor of one made with interesting ingredients.

Too many to list. Get to the bookstore and get yourself a bartenders guide that tell you how to make everything.

There are way to many to name but I agree with the others a bartending class would be great use to you.

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