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"Balance" is a course developed by Black Pepper & Basil for Bartenders and is ideal for those who see the Bar as their future. It takes place in a professional bar environment, where participants learn how to create classic cocktails using various approaches and different methods.

Throughout the 25 hour course, students will learn how to balance different types of cocktails using an array of techniques, how to recognize different spirits in the market and learn the best ways of using them, and how to work with and make their own sugar syrups and purees, as well as other essential techniques to work as a modern bartender.





:: Bartending Essentials:: Bar Techniques:: Recognize and work Spirits:: Work and create with Sugars and Purees:: Preparations with Whisky, Gin, Tequila, Vodka, Rum and Liquors:: Cocktails Balance:: Speed Rounds:: Presentation of your Cocktail

:: CALENDAR 2024 ::

:: September 16th to 19th (last day of inscription on the 11th) (NEXT COURSE)


:: Monday to Thursday - 10:30h to 17h45 (1 hour for lunch):: Duration: 4 Days (25 hours):: Venue: Black Pepper & Basil private bar (Rua Tomás da Anunciação 85A, 1350-324 Lisbon)


Black Pepper & Basil is a Training Institute Certified by DGERT - Direcção-Geral de Emprego e das Relações do Trabalho.At the end of the course, each graduate receives a diploma that certifies the completion of the Balance Course.


The course has a maximum limit of 12 participants and a minimum number of 5.

:: PRICE ::

The cost of the course is 399€/per person and is exempt from VAT.The payment is phased in 2 times - 175,00€ at the time of inscription and the remainder (224,00€) on the first day of the course.




If your staff needs training in the beverage department, Black Pepper & Basil has several programs available for you. Whether it be specific training, for example “portuguese wines”, “whisky” or “gin cocktails”, or broader aspects of preparing and serving drinks, our trainers can visit you in your own location or we invite your team to come to our space for professional training completely adapted to your needs.

Black Pepper & Basil’s private bar is the perfect stage for masterclasses and presentations for some of the best producers, master blenders and bartenders in the world. If you would like to do a product presentation in our space please get in touch. If you would like to learn more about some of the best drinks available on the market… Keep an eye out on our calendar to stay up to date on all the events coming up this year!

Our specialized workshops are the perfect solution for your professional development. Mini training sessions about several different themes in the hospitality and bar industry, technique and equipment showcases and talks geared for bartenders and owners are just a few of the workshops we have available. Dates available on our calendar.

Professional Training

All the best bars and restaurantsin the world have something in common:An experienced and well trained staff.

At Black Pepper & Basil we offer several solutions for the training of your staff, including spirits and wine training sessions, workshops and our Balance course, a professional cocktail course for bartenders.

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