There are some basics to bartending that everyone must know. Some call it Bartending 101 for the under privileged, if you would. Some bartender basics that a person must know are their tools and what each does. Every bartender should have most of the tools provided to you, but some things are highly overlooked. For instance, every bartender should always have a lighter on hand to lend out to his or her guests. It's the little things that will go a long way in this industry. Here is a short list of tools that a bartender should carry and know how to use with some sort of expertise.

  • Bar key - An instrument used to open bottle beers since most aren't twist off. This tool will help save your hand.
  • Corkscrew
  • Jigger - A tool used to measure liquid. It comes is different sizes such as 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 1 1/2 oz, and 1 1/4 oz.
  • Bar tin - used to shake drinks such as shots, margaritas, etc.
  • Mixing glass
  • Strainer - an instrument used to help separate ice from the liquid.
  • Bar Spoon - an elongated spoon used to help layer drinks.

Bartending 101 will continue with a few more bartending basics. As with the tools, no bartender should walk into a bar without knowing the absolute basics in drink making. Here is a short list of drinks that every bartender should know before stepping behind a bar.

  • Cape Cod(der): Vodka and Cranberry garnished with a twist of lime
  • Cuba Libre: Rum and Coke with a twist of lime
  • Bay Breeze: Vodka and Pineapple with a splash of Cranberry
  • Sea Breeze: Vodka and Grapefruit with a splash of Cranberry
  • Greyhound: Vodka and Grapefruit
  • Screwdriver: Vodka and OJ

There are hundreds of drinks that are being made in today's market, but these drinks are the bartender basics. Don't stress so much into the memorization process of bartending. You will learn everything you need as you gain experience. Knowing the bartender basics will help you get more acquainted with the bar and you will have a better experience moving forward.