Latest Graduate News

  • Congrats to Malcolm at Doubletree by Hilton (Washington)

  • Congrats to John at The Pour House (Allison Park)

  • You can find recent grad Adam behind the bar at Runway Grille in Butler! He did great on his first day putting to use all that he has learned! Congrats!

  • Not only can you find Kelci working private events all around Pittsburgh with The Callos Companies, she also just landed a permanent position at Oglebay Resort!

  • Big Congrats to Megan who was hired on the spot and started the same night at the Castle Pub in Ebensburg! Her confidence and interview preparation really paid off!

  • Congrats to Zack at Buckheads Saloon (Station Square)

  • Congrats to Angela at 2 Tomato Restaurant (New Castle)

  • Be sure to check out Aaron when you are at the next Pirate game! It didn’t take him long to land an awesome job at PNC Park!!!

  • Keep your eyes open for Jessica at different events around Pittsburgh this summer! She was hired at both At Your Service Catering and The Callos Companies!

  • So excited for Jeremy who just got hired at the Gateway Clipper Fleet! What a great time that will be sailing the beautiful three rivers, and making delicious cocktails!!! Sounds like a dream job!

  • Congrats to Andrew at Edgewood Country Club and The Callos Company!

  • Congrats to Stephen who was hired at Level 20 Lounge in Bethel!!  Stephen was hired over the phone due to his excellent resume and amazing professional training here at Elite!

  • Congrats to Olivia at Fusion Japanese Steakhouse and Doubletree by Hilton (Washington)

  • Congrats to Jillian at Spartan Pub (Hughesville, PA)!

  • Congrats to Taylor at McDains Restaurant (Monroeville)

  • Congrats to Haley at The Big Burrito Restaurant Group!

  • Cathy will be mixing it up at the brand new Saga Japanese Steakhouse at South Hills Village Mall. Congrats Cathy!

Bartender Cheat Sheet:
What Every Bartender Needs to Know!

Are you interested in a bartender cheat sheet?

In cities like Pittsburgh, New Castle, Monroeville, Johnstown, and other places throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia, bartenders and bartending students alike need a little help every now and then.Bartending Cheat Sheet

Whether someone is just starting out as a bartender or has been doing it for a while and needs a bit of a refresher in order to remember what ingredients go into a certain kind of drink, it always pays to have something handy that will let you keep up with the fast paced demands of the job!

Here at Elite Bartending School, we believe in doing everything possible to help our students achieve their dreams of becoming a bartender, which is why we provide you with the knowledge to make a wide variety of drinks.

Would you like to know more about our bartender cheat sheet and what we do to help make sure that you’re one of the best bartenders around?

All you have to do is keep reading this page.

Simple Mixed Drinks: Back to Basics

When learning any skill, you have to start out with the basics before you’re able to move on to the more advanced stuff.

When it comes to serving drinks, cocktails are the backbone of your trade. Depending on the type of club that you work in, you could be taking a large number of orders for a wide variety of mixed drinks.

So, staying on your toes and being able to whip up drinks as your customers order them will not only give you a reputation as one of the great bartenders to visit, but it’ll guarantee that your guests will put plenty of money in your pocket over the nights that you work.

What are some of the mixed drink recipes that should fill your bartender cheat sheet?

Let’s take a look:

Long Island Iced Tea

A staple of the bar scene since its introduction in the 1970s, Long Island Iced Tea can be counted among the most popular mixed drinks around.

This drink is made up of triple sec, rum, gin, vodka, and tequila. Throw in some sweet and sour mix along with a splash of cola and you have one of the all-time classic cocktails on your hands.

The drink is served over ice and, for an added touch, garnished with a lemon. There are also numerous variations of this drink that substitute some ingredients for others.

Mai Tai

Having mai tais on your bartender cheat sheet will make you hugely popular with fans of this tiki-style drink.

It consists of rum, orange Curacao, lime juice, and ogreat syrup. It can also contain pineapple juice and orange juice, depending on what version you make. Before being served, a mai tai is shaken well and garnished with a cherry.


Compared to many other cocktails, a Manhattan is a fairly simple ordeal. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t belong on a bartender cheat sheet, though.

By mixing whiskey, dry vermouth, and bitters, you’ll have a classic drink ready for your guests to enjoy in no time.

Irish Coffee

This popular drink is made by mixing strong, hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and cream. Unlike some other mixed drinks, this is a “Long Drink” meaning that it’s mixed and served in large volumes.

More Than Just Drinks

While making drinks is the bulk of what you’ll be doing as a bartender, it’s not the only job you have to perform. As a bartender, you need to be able to be able to set up your area so that you always have quick access to your tools as well as the ingredients you need in order to make drinks for your customers.

From making sure that you have the right knives for chopping fruit, to keeping various soft drinks on hand in order to complete certain cocktails, there is a lot that should go on your bartender cheat sheet so that you can make sure all of your bases are covered.

But where can you learn everything you need to know?

Elite Bartending School: All the Bartender Training You’ll Ever Need

The things listed on this page are just some of what you need to know in order to be a successful bartender. If you want to know it all, however, then you need to come visit us here at Elite Bartending School.

We provide students like you with the kind of comprehensive, hands-on training that bar and restaurant owners all throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia take notice of, and that’s evident through our job placement program.

You’ll have work lined up for you right when you graduate!

Don’t put this off for another minute!

Between the training that we provide you, a good bartender cheat sheet, and the kind of attitude that the best bartenders display, you’ll be well on your way to a successful career in no time!

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