I am taking the Certified Exam in a few weeks, and I am wondering what kind of cocktail questions they are going to ask?
Are they going to ask about for a recommendation, or are they going to ask what is in a specific cocktail? Do they ask for apertif or digestif suggestions as well?
I can't predict what they will ask you, but they asked me and my friends about 5-6 cocktail questions. We needed to know the ingredients, not just the spirit. For us the cocktails were Moscow Mule, Vesper, Rusty Nail, Caipirinha, Rob Roy, and Dark n Stormy. It's impossible to know which cocktails they will ask you about so I'd study up on 10-15 classic cocktails that actually appear on modern menus - Manhattans and Martinis and Old Fashioneds etc.
Yes they definitely ask about apertif/digestif so I'd take a look at a typical bar shelf and memorize 2-3 liquors for each category - I choked when asked about vodka because my examiner said "don't say grey goose!" - so you need 3 of each spirit, even Vermouths and Amari.
Hey, friend of mine told that they do ask you about cocktails and spirits and the question is vary for each candidate... someone they ask suggest a nut liqueur and for someone else they asked him for apretif. BUT HIS MAIN POINT WAS ITS ONLY ONE POINT. Don't put too much effort for that and invest more time on theory studies!
Thank you so much!!! I am very stressed out about! How is theory? Do I need to know the Bordeaux growths? How in depth is it?
Do I need to know how to describe the vodka in depth or the spirit in depth?
BarSmarts intro and BarSmarts Advanced online are a great idea if you have the time to zip through them. Advanced has about 20 cocktails with classic recipes at the end. Definitely worth it in my opinion!
I also got asked three — THREE! — questions on sake (which I swear was mildly racist on the MS’s part since I’m Japanese).
Oh wow!! Thanks for the tip I know very little about Sake!! Is the second and third growth bordeuxes on there?
thank you for the tip!! Do they ask you to describe them?