If you own any sort of business, especially a bar or nightclub, you'll know that when there's a flood of customers extra attention and quick work are necessary to keep things running smoothly. Businesses across the country are implementing a way to speed up cocktail service while at the same time preserving the quality their customers have come to expect from them. They've done this by serving draft cocktails!
By serving draft cocktails, you're able to cut down on time spent measuring and preparing ingredients and cleaning up every time a mixed drink is ordered. This also means that you won't have barely used products laying around at the end of the night if only a small number of customers ordered mixed drinks that night. By serving draft cocktails, all you, or your employees, have to do is pour, garnish, and serve - ensuring consistency among your drinks as well!
You should know that there's more to draft cocktails than just making them in big batches. If you're wondering whether draft cocktails are right for your business, there are two fundamental things that you should already have to try this out, according to Difford's Guide.
- Refrigeration. A walk-in cooler is ideal but presumably a roomy space to keep large batches at the appropriate temperature would work as well. If you have a place for kegged beer, you can store draft cocktails alongside them.
- Demand for draft. If you have a steady stream of customers that are fine with draft beer and/or draft wine, your customers may be more open and willing to order cocktails.
If you already have the above two things, pick a cocktail style that works best for you. Don't start with a cocktail that very little customers know of or don't order often. Businesses usually start out with something that is ordered often and is non-carbonated, like sangria. (Carbonated drinks require a little extra attention For more information, check out Takes of the Cocktail for the science behind crafting draft carbonated cocktails.)
Once you've decided on a style of drink, buy a smaller sized 'soda keg', though some articles state that you can use a cooler as well. Before crafting your drink, calculate the amount of liquid this keg will hold! Once you have that down, adjust your recipe so that the proportions are kept and your drink is true to what the taste would be in a single serving. Store in a cool and stable place and serve as needed