Yacht Bar Training Course Module 3

Location: Mallorca

Welcome to our 5-day course, designed specifically for those who are looking to start or elevate their journey into the yachting industry. Our program comprises two days of WSET level 2 and three days of GUEST program certified cocktail and spirit education, making it the perfect opportunity to kick-start your knowledge and education.


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The perfect opportunity to kick-start your knowledge and education

Our program comprises two days of WSET level 2 and three days of GUEST program certified cocktail and spirit education.

Wine, Cocktails & Mixology

The first two days of the program will focus on the Wine Education Trust (WSET) level 2 course. This internationally recognized qualification is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of wines. Our expert instructors will cover a range of topics, including the basics of wine production, wine styles, and grape varieties. Participants will also learn about the principles of wine tasting and food and wine pairing.

The next three days of the course will focus on the Guest Program Certified Cocktail and Spirit Education. This program is specifically designed for those in the yachting industry and covers everything from basic cocktail preparation to advanced mixology techniques. Our instructors are industry professionals who will share their knowledge and experience with you, covering topics such as the history of cocktails, bar set-up, and customer service.

Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines, spirits, and cocktails. Our interactive and hands-on approach to learning means that you will be able to apply your newly acquired knowledge immediately.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a (on successful completion) WSET Level 2 in Wines Certificate and a GUEST Program Certificate, both of which are recognized globally and highly valued in the yachting industry. Our course is an excellent way to kick-start your journey into the world of yachting, or to elevate your existing knowledge and skills.

Join us for an unforgettable week of learning, tasting, and networking, and take the first step towards your dream career in the yachting industry.


How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)

How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz

The style and quality of wines: made from 22 regionally important grape varieties (e.g. Nebbiolo, Malbec and Viognier) produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world

How grape varieties and wine making processes influence key styles of:

  • Sparkling wines, Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing

Cocktail & Spirits

1) Theory

Intro to Equipment, Glassware & Garnishing

Spirits: History, Production & Classification

Cocktail History

2) Practical Bartending

Learn to make Classic Cocktails

Bartending Movements & Technique

Handling Glassware & Service

Working Flair Tricks

3) Mixology

Understanding Balance

Flavour Pairing

Essential Recipes & Products

Designing Craft Cocktails Workshop

4) Tasting

20+ Classic Cocktail Tasting

Course Content

  • The Principal Grape Varieties
  • How Different Factors Affect Style and Quality
  • The Difference Between Styles Of Still, Sparkling & Fortified Wines
  • The Most Important Wine Regions & Geographical Indications
  • How To Read A Label
  • How To Taste Wine Like A Professional
  • The Principles of Wine & Food Pairing
  • How to Properly Store & Serve Wine
  • Vineyard Visits and Exploring Mallorca
  • Learn how to select and use equipment & cocktail techniques correctly
  • Create sixteen cocktails and variations
  • Learn factual knowledge of cocktail specifications
  • Gain a good factual knowledge of the concept of mixology
  • Understand how to conduct a tasting & the concept of a balanced drink
  • Get creative with ingredients and how to create cocktail menus
  • Understanding and have a good factual knowledge of Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whisky and Cognac

3 Major Benefits

Explore the world of mixology and learn how to make everything from classics to craft cocktails
Get hands on practice mixing drinks behind our practice bar in a real bartender school
Gain real understanding of the worlds most important wines and learn how to taste them like a professional

What You’ll Discover


The History of Cocktails

Cocktails have a long and storied history, full of exciting twists and turns. We’ll lead you from the early days, from their early days until the modern day. You’ll pass through the major cocktail eras, exploring their recipes, ingredients, styles and flavours. 

  • What were people drinking before, during and after Prohibition? 
  • What exactly is the ‘cocktail renaissance’? 
  • Where do some of the most famous cocktails come from?


Bartending Essentials Masterclass

Learn the tools of the trade! Bartender training involves all sorts of equipment like jiggers, different types of bar spoons, shakers and strainers, as well as a range of glassware and all sorts of products from spirits to garnishes.

You’ll dive into the essential equipment, as well as some of the more advanced pieces of kit we use to make amazing cocktails. We’ll discuss the major spirit categories, talking about where they’re from, what they are made of and how they’re made. Plus we’ll cover the importance of quality ice, what the purpose of ice is in a cocktail and why certain types and shapes of ice are important.

  • What exactly is a ‘jigger’?
  • What’s the difference between a coupe and a martini glass?
  • What is tequila made from?
  • How is clear block ice made?
How to Mix Drinks

Mixing drinks is the name of the game! You’ll learn the principle techniques you need to make cocktails, from stirring to shaking to rolling, as well as which method is most suitable for different drinks. We’ll show you different ways to shake cocktails and how different types of shakes and shakers affect the cocktail. You’ll practice how to stir a drink properly to get it perfect every time, as well as different mixing techniques that you can use instead of stirring.

You’ll also get an understanding of how to pour, garnish and serve drinks correctly, whilst also learning about the importance of a cocktail’s appearance and how to excite the people you are mixing them for.

  • What’s the difference between shaking and stirring?
  • Why do some cocktails need to be stirred?
  • What makes a garnish ‘great’?
  • What does a perfectly poured cocktail look like?
Tasting the Classics

Tasting sessions – an absolute essential for a cocktail class. This is why we recommend you leave your cars at home for this course! At the end of each day of the course we’ll jump behind the bar to give you a full tasting of the cocktails that we cover on the course.

You’ll get a chance to show off what you’ve learnt and make cocktails for you and your classmates, making and tasting around 20 drinks, from classics to modern day marvels. You’ll see first hand how your technique and precision affects flavour, how balance works in cocktails as well as how to use ice to change the dynamics of a drink. Plus you’ll learn how to taste thoughtfully and recognise flavours.

  • What does a balanced cocktail taste like?
  • What does a whiskey sour taste like when using bourbon versus Irish whiskey?
  • How does using crushed ice versus cubed ice affect the flavour?


The Principles of Mixology

There is a vast difference between using a pre-bottled product and making your own from scratch. This is the basic principle of Mixology, the culinary art that separates an everyday cocktail from the craft cocktail.

In our mixologist training we’ll guide you through how to properly cook and create mixology recipes, with insights into measurements and scaling, how to handle different products and what flavours work well together. You’ll create your own products, such as purees, foams, syrups and cordials and learn how to extract the most flavour out of your ingredients. Then you’ll see how we can use these delicious products in delicious cocktails!

  • What is the difference between a cordial and a syrup?
  • What’s the best way to make a raspberry syrup?
  • What flavours go best with passionfruit?
How to Create Craft Cocktails

Classic cocktails are the foundation of cocktail culture but craft cocktails are where the creativity comes to life. By taking all you learnt from the mixology part of the course, we’ll start making them into craft cocktails, bespoke drinks that allow new and exciting flavours to shine.

We’ll go from twists of the classics, to elevated to twists to signature cocktails. Through this process you’ll begin to understand how to design your own cocktails that express your personality through flavour.

  • What really defines a ‘craft cocktail’?
  • How do I design a cocktail from scratch?
  • Which spirits work best with which flavours?


The Principal Grape Varieties

The world is full of hundreds of different grape varieties, but only some can be used for wine, and some are more common than others. You’ll learn about some of the principal grape varieties that are considered the most prolific and discover their unique characteristics, flavours and wines that they can become.

How Different Factors Affect Style and Quality

Not all wines are created equally! Together we’ll explore the key styles and differences between wines. We’ll also begin to learn how different factors like environment, grape growing methods and maturation can affect the final product in terms of style and quality in wine produced around the world.

The Most Important Wine Regions & Geographical Indications

The world of wine is characterised by vast regional differences, with unique climates and environments massively affecting the wine they produce. You’ll explore over 70 different regions with geographical indications, with insights into their unique ecosystems, wine-making techniques and products.

How To Taste Wine Like A Professional

Tasting wine is a fine art that requires lots of training. This wine course gives you the basic tools and practise you need to begin understanding the complex flavours in wine and training your palate to be able to recognise them using the WSET Level 1 Tasting Structure

The Basic Principles of Wine & Food Pairing

Two things that have always gone hand in hand are wine and food. Pairing them perfectly requires a good knowledge of how different flavours work together. You’ll discover how each of the main flavour types interact with each other and which flavours tend to work best with others. By understanding that framework you’ll be able to apply it to wines and find the perfect match for the food you’re tasting with it.

How to Properly Store & Serve Wine

The storage and service of wine is essential to great wine experiences. If you’re starting your journey on the road to sommelier or simply want to maintain and express the best quality of the wines you love, this aspect of the course will help you do just that. We’ll go over all the best practices for storing your wines in the correct way, as well as all the tips and tricks for serving the liquid we love perfectly every time.

Our Story

A genuine demand for higher standards in training and education

The Drink In Academy was set up in 2012 to give young and aspiring bartenders the training they need to step behind any bar in the world with confidence. Since then we trained and brought thousands of students to become masters of their craft and brought knowledge to thousands of lovers of beverage.

We look forward to continue the journey with thousands of students to come at Drink In Academy in Dublin and Mallorca. We look forward to welcome you to our family and the journey of flavour.

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