The Knowledge Centre

This is where we share all our bartending and barista knowledge, from recipes and skills to industry news and events.

Recipes and Guides

Classic cocktails, twists, seasonal recipes and other how-to guides.

Sex on the Beach Recipe

The history of the Sex on the Beach cocktail is a little hazy but the most cited story dates to 1987 when a company call National ...Read more

Does your Mojito make you happy?

The Mojito has its origins in the 17th century when Admiral Francis Drake of the British Navy offered sailors a mixture of mint an...Read more

It’s rare to make the perfect Negroni

How can you make the perfect Negroni? Although the jury is still out on the origins of this drink, it is believed that it was C...Read more

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Bartending Knowledge

Everything you need to know about bartending techniques and history, from basic tools to advanced skills.

What makes amazing spirits taste as they do?

The process by which all amazing spirits are produced follows a similar process in their creation. Each amazing spirit however has...Read more

Tools of the Trade

As a bartender, you should have a good understanding of how the bar us set up and how all the various equipment, ...Read more

The optimal glass to use in a bar

Glassware that is spotlessly clear shows off all drinks to great advantage. There are literally thousands of styles, shapes and si...Read more

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Barista Knowledge

All the secrets of the professional Barista, from the science of coffee roasting to how to pull the perfect espresso.

The Perfect Cappuccino in 5 Steps

Mikhael Bou Rjeily, founder of mischu coffee and winner of best cappuccino awards in South Africa in 2011 and 2012, shares his fiv...Read more

Perfect Espresso in 6 Easy Steps

Mikhael Bou Rjeily, founder of mischu coffee and winner of best cappuccino awards in South Africa in 2011 and 2012, shares h...Read more

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Expert advice on starting your career as a bartender or barista.

Getting Started as a Bartender

Our top tips for starting your career in bartending in South Africa....Read more

Why Pay For a Bartending Course?

Excellent question!

Most of our educators weren’t lucky enough to get a Shaker Bar School or Barista School education at ...Read more

Essential skills for Bartending on Superyachts

Want to make cocktails whilst travelling the world in style? Learn more about bartending on luxury superyachts....Read more

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News and Events

All the latest from Shaker, including updates from our events and consultancy teams.

Choosing the Right Mobile Bar Provider

Big social events are an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it's a milestone birthday, an engagemen...Read more

Can you have too many spectacular cocktails?

Our consultancy expert, Anil Sabharwal, explains why less is more when it comes to cocktail menus!...Read more

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