Mixing it up!

The petite Ashley Callender aspires to be one of Barbados’ leading mixologists and she is well on her way.

Today, she showed off her skills with much flair as she served a delicious cocktail made with orange, simple syrup, Mount Gay Rum and Clayton’s Kola Tonic at the launch of the sixth series of the Art of Bartending Seminars.

Budding mixologist Ashley Callender serving up a delicious cocktail.

Callender shared that she recently completed ten weeks of training in Mixology 1 and Customer Service offered under the programme, which she said was an eye-opener.

“I have learnt a lot. I have grown to appreciate locally made rum. It was not something that if I go to a bar I would call for, but being able to go through El Dorado, going through the training seminars with Mount Gay and Cockspur, I have grown to appreciate locally made rum,” she said.

Her enthusiasm is exactly what founder of the Barbados Association of Rum Shops (BARS) and the Art of Bartending Training Course Franklyn Parris is hoping to capture from youth seeking to make a career in bartending, or veterans in the field.

“We are ensuring that in Barbados, by next year, every bartender that is working in either a bar, hotel or restaurant, they have their certificates and they are qualified at what they do,” he said.

This semester, which begins on January 16, will feature new elements including the best tips of the trade on handling beer, gin, tequila, bourbon, brandy, cognac and whiskey, in addition to current courses on rum, vodka and wine.

The students will also learn to master skills in small business management, marketing, event planning, workplace health and safety policies, as well as good customer service.

The Art of Bartending Seminars also feature hands-on training, practical sessions, tastings, tours to facilities, and seminars with brand managers of local rum manufacturers and distributors.

Franklyn Parris, founder of the Art of Bartending Seminars.
Host at today’s launch, Christina ‘Chrissy D’ Dottin; Ingrid Sobers, junior brand manager at
Armstrong Agencies Limited; and Stephen Browne, manager of Muhdinki’s Bar, Regency Cove Hotel.

6 Responses to Mixing it up!

  1. Sonia Arthur January 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    How can I get details of upcoming courses, I have a daughter who is very keen on learning mixology and bartending skills.

  2. Reginald King
    Reginald King January 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Well done Ashley.

  3. Stacy Payne-Price
    Stacy Payne-Price January 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Keisha Carrington

  4. freeagent January 11, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations Ashley. You can be whatever you want to be with God’s help. We are proud of you.


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