Cocktails That Celebrate the Flavors of Fall

The first sign of Fall has arrived: pumpkin spice flavor products have hit the shelves. However, as you well know, Fall flavors are about a lot more than artificial pumpkin flavorings. They present the opportunity to make some truly tasty cocktails that bring out the best of the season. From Fall fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries, to spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, there are plenty of great flavor combinations to work with behind the bar. 

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Most Profitable Vodka Cocktails You Need to be Serving

Even if you aren't the kind of vodka fan who drinks it straight, vodka makes a great base for some classic drinks. For bar and restaurant managers looking to make a profit, vodka cocktails can come with a low pour cost and can be used to drive revenue. Finding the right balance between tasty drinks that people will want to order and that will also drive profits is easier than you think. Keep reading to learn more about which profitable vodka cocktails you should be serving.

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What Staff Uniforms Say About Your Bar or Restaurant Brand

Branding is a subtle art form. It is the accumulation of carefully orchestrated details that work together to create a specific message. While you might have paid careful attention to lighting, music and place settings in your restaurant, you may have also given staff uniforms short shrift. The appearance of your team is an integral part of making a great first impression and creating a specific experience for your bar and restaurant patrons. The right uniform can reinforce your brand and send a clear message about exactly the type of establishment you want to be.

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Training Your Staff to Upsell & Drive Up Check Average

August is notoriously a slow month in the restaurant business. People are on vacation and spending more time grilling out in their own backyards. While there are ways to try and increase traffic to your restaurant, you can also adopt the strategy of working to get the most out of the customers who do stop by. Training your staff to upsell items is an easy way to drive up the check average and increase sales during slow periods. With a little training, your team can become experts salespeople, which will also translate into bigger tips for them.

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Cool Tequila Cocktails to Beat the Heat This Summer

Tequila may be one of the most underestimated and underutilized spirits sitting on your bar's shelves. The average customer will probably assume that there are basically two things you can do with tequila: drink it as a shot or use it in a margarita. Little do they know that tequila is a versatile and refreshing liquor that is perfect for summer drinks. Whether you are slinging drinks behind a bar or serving guests at your own summer backyard barbecue, here are some cool tequila cocktails that will showcase this underappreciated spirit and help beat the heat.

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How to Drive Incremental Traffic During the Slow Season

Unless your restaurant is located in a busy summer vacation destination, July and August can be notoriously slow months. People are busy traveling and enjoying the weather with backyard barbecues instead of eating out at their local restaurants. While you might not be able to drastically increase traffic to your restaurant, there are some steps you can take to bring in more patrons during this slow season.

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What’s A Good Number?

What’s a good number? I can’t begin to tell you how often I get the question. In our day-to-day operations, or out and about, at a convention, even at a party. When someone finds out what I do, they ask “What’s a good number for (blank)?” I also get inquiries from operators, owners, industry people and vendors. So here are some of my answers to the more commonly asked questions.

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Training Your Bar Staff on Free Pouring

There are two kinds of bar managers in this world: those who encourage the free pour and those who are wholeheartedly against it. While each side of the argument certainly has some valid points, a lot of it might just come down to proper training. The free pour is a skill that needs to be practiced and perfected so that the drinks still taste great, customers are happy, and the bar is still turning a healthy profit

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Bar Practices: The Best and the Worst

Bar Practices:  The Best and the Worst

A well run, profitable bar reflects a disciplined code of conduct.  When you establish a clear set of rules and expectations, you set the scene for success.  When you communicate your expectations both verbally and in writing, you’ll leave no room for doubt.  You’re also able to create a benchmark for performance measurement, incentive programs, staff rewards or disciplinary action.

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How Top Bars and Restaurants Cut Costs, Not Quality

Even small expenses can add up over the course of a day as your bar or restaurant pours hundreds of drinks and serves countless meals. From putting fewer nuts and berries on salads to not salting pasta water to preserve the life of pots, some businesses are more than happy to cut corners if it means more profit. While sacrificing quality in the name of savings may be a short-term solution, you will have a lot more to worry about if customers stop coming to your establishment. Fortunately, there are some ways how top bars and restaurants cut costs while ensuring quality isn't impacted, that will not only preserve existing customers, but work to increase the number of patrons.

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Top Bar Management KPIs You Need to Watch

Introducing a new menu or running a new promotion can help reduce sitting inventory and increase sales, but how do you know just how successful your efforts have been? It is important to identify and use Key Performance Indicators to measure whether you are getting the most out of your time and money.

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Creativity + Analytics = Profitable Cocktails

A great mixologist will bring plenty of creativity to their drinks, but they can make even more profitable cocktails by using a little bit of data to further inform their ingredient choices. While it may sound counterintuitive to argue that crunching numbers can be a tool for creativity, today's technology allows these two areas to blend seamlessly. Before you put together your next drink menu, here are some ways you can be more strategic about designing delicious drinks.

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