So you are going to run your first cocktail menu. Congratulations! Because many bartenders spend years to get this privilege, it’s the time for you to celebrate. Don’t take this project lightly it’s a big and challenging project for you take it seriously.
In this article, we’ll discuss some important tips for running your first cocktail menu. We try to prevent common mistakes bartenders make and also help you out to make your cocktail menu a success!
Vary Your Glassware
Don’t put glassware in a flute or a coupe, try to spread out the glassware. This will help to keep glassware more interesting visually, and also reduce the risks of running out. The last point is to run particular glassware during busy times because everything is served in the coupe!
Pump The Brakes
Don’t try to make some extra and dramatic changes. Especially for the new bartenders, take some time to know bartenders, the process, the customers, and most important the working environment of the bar.
I’ve personally seen many lead bartenders/new managers/consultants who walk to the new bar and make huge changes without understanding the current working environment of the bar. This will make the whole bar upside down and the lead bartenders/ consultant/ managers instantly leave the place in worst shape than ever.
Standardize your Recipes and Pours
This sound obvious and silly, but you are not going to believe that many bartenders don’t have this simple process. The difference between 2 oz pour or 1.5 oz pour may sound you trivial, but this will affect your bonus and profitability. The same applies to wine pours and cocktail recipes: make it sure everyone should know what they are pouring!
Create systems including ordering, inventory, ingredient production, etc. This will give you many benefits once your complete documents, now you can easily train the people for doing tasks and they can advance their careers (and yours)!
Hopefully, these important tips help you out to wrap your head around your first cocktail menu and you make great and delicious for the bars bottom line!
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