3 Absolut Honey Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Sweet heaven

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Honey Vodka 
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 5- 6 raspberries 
  • Ice: cubes & big rock for presentation 
  • Garnish: 3 extra raspberries  

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Rocks glass

The how to 

In your shaker add the vodka, 5- 6 raspberries, lime juice and ice. Shake well. Double strain the mix over your rock in your glass. Garnish with the extra raspberries.


Bitter sweet 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Honey Vodka
  • 2 dashes orange bitters 
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters 
  • 15 ml honey syrup 
  • 25 ml lemon juice 
  • Ice
  • Garnish: thyme sprig

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Martini glass


The how to 

In your shaker add the lemon juice, vodka, bitters and syrup. Add ice and shake well. Double strain it in your glass over ice and garnish with the orange wheel.  


Red skies 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Honey Vodka 
  • 25 ml red orange syrup 
  • 15 ml grenadine juice 
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 50 ml orange juice 
  • Ice
  • Garnish: lemon wheel

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer 
  • Bar spoon 
  • Collins glass 

The how to 

In your shaker add the vodka, red orange syrup, grenadine syrup and lime juice. Add ice and shake well. Add ice to your glass and top the glass with your orange juice. Por it slowly on the back of your spoon.


3 Cocktails for women day

We want to celebrate all women today and all the days. We all deserve a break.

If you want to celebrate yourself or you are reading this to make something special for the ladies in your life, we create liquid flowers to make this day even better.

We want to celebrate al women here and we want to wish you an amazing day!

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Rose passion

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml tequila
  • 25 ml rose syrup
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 10 ml grapefruit juice
  • Ice
  • Garnish: rose petals & lime wheel

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Rocks glass

The how to 

In your shaker add the tequila, syrup, lime juice and grapefruit juice. Add ice and shake well. Double strain the mix over ice in your glass. Drop in your garnish and serve.


Elderflower drop

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml elderflower liqueur
  • 15 ml elderflower syrup
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 5-7 mint leaves
  • prosecco
  • Ice
  • Garnish: extra mint leaves, 2 lime wheels

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Muddler
  • Wine tumbler


The how to 

In your shaker add the 5-7 mint leaves and press them gently with your muddler. Add the liqueur, syrup, lime juice and ice. Shake well, double strain the mix in your glass over ice and garnish. Top the glass with prosecco.


Pure lavender

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml gin
  • 50 ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 25 ml lavender syrup
  • 2-3 dashes lavender bitters
  • Favourite tonic water
  • Ice
  • Garnish: lavender bulb, grapefruit wheel

Tools 

  • Bar spoon 
  • Balloon glass

The how to 

In your glass add the gin, grapefruit juice, lavender syrup, lavender bitters and stir well. Add ice to your glass and put in the garnish.

Top the glass with your tonic water and enjoy your day.


3 Absolut Apple Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Baby apple 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Apple Vodka 
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 25 ml apple syrup 
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Garnish: 1 apple slice

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Rocks glass

The how to 

In your shaker add the vodka, cinnamon stick, star anise, lime juice, apple syrup, ice and shake well. Double strain in your glass over ice and top the glass with ginger beer, don’t stir. Garnish with your apple slice. 


Apple lollipop 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Apple Vodka
  • 25 ml limoncello 
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • 2 dashes rosemary bitters 
  • Ice
  • Garnish: rosemary spring

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Rocks glass


The how to 

In your shaker add the lime juice, bitters, limoncello, vodka and ice. Shake well. Double strain over ice in your glass. Garnish with your rosemary spring. 


Apple Vodka Martini 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Apple Vodka 
  • 25 ml green apple syrup
  • 25 ml dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Garnish: apple peel

Tools 

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Martini glass 

The how to 

The elegance in these drinks stays in its simplicity. 

In your mixing glass that is full with ice add your vodka, apple syrup and dry vermouth. Stir well, minimum 30 seconds. Keep in mind the dilution. Strain the mix in your chill, no ice martini glass. Garnish with the apple slice. 


Team power – your human asset

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I want to start with these statements because I see them everywhere in this industry and I think society evolved enough to understand that looks don’t matter! 

There is one reason why waiters are not allowed to let their hair down or wear jewelry and bright makeup or have a beard.  And that is hygiene. You, as a customer, will not want to find in your food a piece of fall out  nail polish, earrings or hair or even on your plate, just hanging there. Regarding make up is mostly about fall out as well and maybe even technique, so just keep it simple.

You, as an owner, should keep in mind this, but don’t be rude or expose your employees in front of your guest. These rules should be presented when hiring a person. Also keep in mind your state rules, it can be that in different countries rules are more permissive. 

Next is a statement that I heard a lot and: “people that are really attractive may not get hired because guests don’t want to see people that are looking better then them”.

O my God this is so much BS on so many levels especially in this time in this society. Also for people that actually thinks like this, ain’t our fault you are insecure as fu*k. First of all, you can get a lot of regulars by having nice looking staff. Treat them like paintings in a museum, you go there to stare at the “nice beautiful works of art” that you don’t understand, at least a cute bartender can talk with you. 

My point is that you should not discriminate by looks or anything for that matter. You should keep in mind the hygiene rules, their willing to work and their involvement. 


Invest!

Yes, this is another statement that a lot of owners and managers are having an allergic reaction to. But it’s easy, if you invest in your team they will give you back. And the “give back “ part for you as an owner means increased revenue. 

Invest in a comfortable uniform. Keep in mind there are cold seasons and warm seasons. Make sure they are comfortable and visually pleasing. You don’t want your employees looking like butchers if they work in a coffee shop.

Invest in training sessions before the season starts. Make sure your team has all the information about products and techniques that your establishment is using and they can present it in a way that will make your customers buy the most expensive item that you have on that menu. 

Invest time. Make sure the mental health of your employees is OK. This is a demanding job, both physically and psychically. Have 15 minutes meeting with the team each month, hear out their ideas and worries. 

Invest your money. Don’t underpay your team just because you think they make tips. Some days are good and some are bad. Don’t rely on the tips and make your team happy. Money makes everybody happy, they are not an exception. If they are coming happy and smiling at customers and giving a good vibe around your customers will spend more money on your location. 

Your employees are as important as your guests.

Yes, I know it’s controversial. A lot of owners are treating their team like something that they can dispose of easily but the truth is that it is hard to keep someone happy and willing to work with a smile and make you money if they are treated like shit. 

In the end it is not that hard. Invest in your team the resources that you invest in your customers like time and money. They will, in the end, make you more money. 

Tips

  1. Have quarterly meetings with all employees. Even if you need to close your establishment for three hours. Get them all together and hear them out, maybe do some constructive exercise to bring them all together. For a lot of employees that are working in this domain, the people at work are as a second family. If they work as one you will feel it in your pocket. In the end they will empower each other. 

  1. Have some surprises for them. Like a coupon for a massage, a bonus for Christmas, a free day for their birthday if they are scheduled to work that day. They will appreciated and you will reward in loyalty and increased revenue.  

  1. Be part of the team and don’t micromanage. If you see something that you would like to be changed, propose the idea, hear them out on why they do it this way and agree to change or not(this can also be a possibility). People are reluctant to change, and if this is enforced the “low trust phenomenon” comes in effect. An unfriendly takeover or rude enforcement, unable to see the other side’s opinion, pushing change without visibility or trust is something that you can’t come out of winning. You might get your way but you will lose the team. 

  1. Don’t work understaffed. It is a stressful environment for all sides. Customers have to wait a long time, the employees will be overworked and the mistakes will be more frequent because of tiredness, you will be angry because of all the bad reviews and the profit that is slowly decreasing. 

  1. The team is also an asset. If you treat it well and take care of it, rewards will come, if not your turnover will be high and profit medium to low. 

3 Absolut Apeach Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Sweet blood

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Apeach Vodka 
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 75 ml blood orange/ red orange juice 
  • Ice
  • Garnish: lemon and orange wheels.

Tools 

  • Cocktail strainer
  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer 
  • Collins glass 

The how to 

In your shaker add vodka, syrup, lime and red orange juice. Add ice and shake well. Double strain the mix in your glass over ice and garnish with the lemon and orange wheels.


Peachy 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Apeach Vodka
  • 25 ml peach syrup
  • Tonic 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: 3 peach slices & 2 orange slices 

Tools 

  • Bar spoon
  • Balloon glass


The how to 

In your glass add ice to the top. Add your vodka, syrup and tonic. Stir well.

Garnish with you peach and orange slices.


Apeach Vodka Martini 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Apeach Vodka 
  • 10 ml dry Vermouth 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Tools 

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Martini glass

The how to 

In your mixing glass that is full with ice add your vodka and dry vermouth. Stir well, minimum 30 seconds. Keep in mind the dilution. Strain the mix in your chill, no ice martini glass. Squeeze the orange peel oils on top of the glass and garnish with it.


3 Absolut Raspberry Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Raspberry Vodka Tonic 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Raspberry Vodka 
  • 25 ml raspberry syrup
  • 25 ml lime  juice
  • Tonic 
  • Ice
  • Garnish: mint leaves & 3-4 fresh raspberries

Tools 

  • Balloon glass
  • Bar spoon

The how to 

In your glass add ice, vodka, raspberry syrup, lime juice and top the glass with the tonic. Stir well and make sure everything is mixed. Add the mint leaves and extra raspberries. Our shaker add vodka, ginger slices, lime juice and ice. Shake well. 

Double strain it in your glass over ice and garnish with you watermelon triangle and lime wheel.


Tasty Screwdriver 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Raspberry Vodka
  • 75 ml orange juice
  • 25 ml raspberry syrup
  •  Ice
  • Garnish: 1 orange wheels & strawberry

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer 
  • Collins glass


The how to 

In your shaker add the vodka, raspberry syrup, vodka and ice. Shake well.

Pour the mix in your glass over ice. Add the orange wheel in the glass and cut the strawberry in half, not all the way through and place it on the rim of the glass.   


Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Raspberry Vodka 
  • 10 ml dry Vermouth 
  • 25 ml lemon liqueur
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Tools 

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Martini glass

The how to 

In your mixing glass that is full with ice add your vodka, dry vermouth and lemon liqueur. Stir well, minimum 30 seconds. Keep in mind the dilution. Strain the mix in your chill, no ice martini glass. Squeeze the lemon oils on top of the glass and garnish with it.


Recycling and sustainability- the past that should’ve been our future

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This is the new future and should have been the past as well. But we are not here to bicker about it, we are here to make money out of making the planet healthier, or at least not adding to today’s pollution


ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION:

65% of restaurant operators have recycling programs in place

60% of consumers prefer restaurants that recycle

51% of diners will even pay more to eat at an eco-friendly restaurant

Today society is changing, new generations prefer to buy and spend money on ethical products and establishments that are known to be sustainable. As a business you need to stay relevant for your guests. 

And here we come again to “Investment”. I know, it’s everywhere. What can you do about it? You need to put in your time and some money, but the reward will be big. You will have a new marketing niche where you can have visibility regarding how eco friendly your business is and this will attract people that weren’t considering coming before.


So let’s start and make some changes !

1. Have an assessment of the current situation

Take into consideration all processes, all products, all objects that you are currently using or making and write down all the waist that is coming out. Divide them in three categories. Reusable, compost and to throw(recycling bins). 

Reusable are the ones that you can have a second product with. You give them a new purpose.

Like fresh fruits that are 1-2 days old and not selling can be the smoothie of the day, ingredients for cake, frozen fruity ice cubes that are fancy in your glass or jam. For this you need to keep in mind the health of the consumers regulations of your country.  Croissants that did not sell that morning can be transformed into the next morning “baked french toast” and so on. Play with ingredients in your menu and do be afraid to add specials. 

Old fancy cups or old liquor bottles can make for tasty decorations. 

So and so forth, creativity is the limit. 

Compost is easy. A bin full of the compost materials that are defined as so in your laws(can be different from country to country). A lot of recycling companies will give you a special bin only for that. BUT if you want to help even more, make a partnership with a local farmer that is in need of some compost. You can give it for free(the nice way to do it) or make a contract that increases your profit(good for the business). 

The waste that can’t be reused in any way must be thrown out. So let me paint the picture of yellow, blue, black and orange bins. Yes, you know what I am talking about. Is the Powerpuff girls with a twist of the recycling world. This is usually set up with a recycling company. 

If you have an open space where guests can discard their trash alone you should be specific about what can go where. Use a tasteful picture, a small list but make sure it is visible, be available if people want to ask questions and make sure your staff is prepared to answer them. 


2. Chance the single use supplies. 

This is where you invest money. Dreadful, but keep in mind, you will end up spending less over time not needing to restock so often. 

To change them entirely is not always available as an optional so at least change them with biodegradable supplies and increase the price of the end product that you are serving. People are willing to spend more money on something that is not harmful for the environment and they will also feel good about it. 


3. Order from local farmers/shops or make it your own

Find companies that are trying to be sustainable and have a recycling program and make a partnership. To have less waste try ordering products that are not in a carton box, wrapped in plastic, and transported in a plastic bag and all of this put in another bigger carton box for security. Pick your vegetables from a local farmer or farmers and have seasonal food. Have your bread delivered from a local bakery straight to your place or even better make your own bread. Go to a spice shop and refill all your jars with the necessary spices on the spot rather than have them come in individual packaging. 

Making products in your own kitchen rather than ordering, can increase your revenue and make you spend less on your supplies. 


4. Transport of the products

Is something that sometimes you can influence and if it stays in your power choose to be eco-friendly and drive electric. Why? Because it is cheaper and attractive to you guests.


5. No headaches 

Make someone else responsible . This way you will have a win-win. No stress about the recycling process and you empower someone else. Make the rules clear and the person in charge is reliable and implicated. Now lean back and enjoy the rewards. 


Tips: 

  1. Have a pick up policy/ delivery for the last hours of the establishment being open. Like this you can sell the soup that you made for the day, pasta that you had left over or make boxes with a little from everything. Instead of throwing them you can sell them for half the price. 

  1. Evaluate your inventory. Make sure that your food doesn’t sit for too long in storage. Store your perishable ingredients properly. Being organized and smart about it can save you a lot of money.

  1. Give to food away. Instead of throwing it at the end of the day give it to you staff or help people in need. Donate it to an orphanage or homeless shelter. Give away ingredients that are quick tot expire and you have no use for. 

3 Absolut Mango Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Sparkling mango 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Mango Vodka 
  • 2 dashes orange bitters 
  • Prosecco
  • Garnish: 1 maraschino cherry

Tools 

  • Flute glass
  • Bar spoon


The how to 

In your glass add the vodka, bitters and top the glass with your prosecco. Stir in the glass. Add the cherry to the glass as garnish.


Dark sunset

Ingredients 

  • 75 ml Absolut Mango Vodka
  • 75 ml cherry nectar 
  • 50 ml mango nectar
  • Ice
  • Garnish: 1 orange wheel 

Tools 

  • Collins glass
  • Bar spoon


The how to 

In your glass add ice. Add the vodka and mango nectar. Stir until well chilled. 

Using the back of your bar spoon pour in the cherry nectar slowly. Garnish the glass with your orange wheel.


Mango Vodka Martini 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Mango Vodka 
  • 10 ml dry Vermouth 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Tools 

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Martini glass

The how to 

In your mixing glass that is full with ice add your vodka and dry vermouth. Stir well, minimum 30 seconds. Keep in mind the dilution. Strain the mix in your chill, no ice martini glass. Squeeze the lemon oils on top of the glass and garnish with it.


3 Absolut Vanilla Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


A Banana Party 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Vanilla Vodka 
  • 25 ml liquid cream
  • 25 ml coffee liqueur 
  • 50 ml banana liqueur 
  • Ice: crushed & cubes 
  • Garnish: banana chips

Tools 

  • Cocktail strainer
  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer 
  • Rocks glass

The how to 

Top the glass with your crushed ice. In your shaker add the banana liqueur and liquid cream, add 2-3 ice cubes and shake well. 

Add the vodka and the coffee liqueur to the glass and top the glass with mix from the shaker. 

Garnish with the banana chips and some chocolate shavings if you feel fancy.


Spicy and smooth

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 chilli pepper (cut) 
  • 15 ml maple syrup 
  • Ice: cubes and big cube for presentation 
  • Garnish: dry chilli pepper

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer
  • Rocks glass


The how to 

In your shaker add the vodka, the chilli pepper, maple syrup and the ice. Shake well. 

Double strain the mix in your glass over the big ice cube. 

Garnish with the dry chilli pepper by putting it in the middle on top of the ice cube.


Vanilla Lemon Candy

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Vanilla Vodka 
  • 25 ml limoncello 
  • Champagne
  • Ice
  • garnish : lemon peel

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Bar spoon 
  • Flute

The how to 

In your shaker add the vodka, limoncello and ice. Shake well.

Pour the mix in your glass and top it with the champagne. Use your spoon to stir. Squeeze the lemon peel on top of the glass and drop the lemon peel in.


3 Absolut Watermelon Vodka Cocktails

We begin this month of delicious vodka cocktails! As a bonus you can read a short history about them here.

You can read a lot more about their products and history on their website here. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

Let’s get to it! 


Watermelon party

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Watermelon Vodka 
  • 5 ginger slices
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • Sprite
  • Ice
  • Garnish: watermelon triangle, lime slices 

Tools 

  • Cocktail strainer
  • Shaker
  • Tea strainer 
  • Collins glass

The how to 

In your shaker add vodka, ginger slices, lime juice and ice. Shake well. 

Double strain it in your glass over ice and garnish with you watermelon triangle and lime wheel


Watermelon Cosmo 

Ingredients 

  • 75 ml Absolut Watermelon Vodka
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 50 ml light cranberry juice 
  • Ice
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer 
  • Coupe glass/ martini


The how to 

In your shaker add vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice, ice and shake. 

Double strain it in your glass with no ice. Squeeze the oils from the lemon peel and place it in the glass.


Watermelon Vodka Martini

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absolut Watermelon Vodka 
  • 10 ml dry Vermouth 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Tools 

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Martini glass 

The how to 

The elegance in these drinks stays in its simplicity. 

In your mixing glass that is full with ice add your vodka and dry vermouth. Stir well, minimum 30 seconds. Keep in mind the dilution. Strain the mix in your chill, no ice martini glass. Squeeze the lemon oils on top of the glass and garnish with it.