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Here a few guidelines to remember regarding hygiene and safety in a bar whether it be at home or at work. While most of these suggestions might be common sense, they bear notation in this book for the safety of you, your guests and/or your customers!
Always be tidy, clean, and diplomatic. Always rinse or wash bar equipment like cocktail shakers and strainers after every use – even between drinks.
Always wash and dry your hands frequently – especially after contact with citrus fruit and juices. This helps prevents scaling of the hands and infection from dermatitis.
Take good care of your hands – especially your fingernails as these are always in view. Keep nails short. If you use nail polish, use neutral colors so the focus is on you and your creations instead of your fingernails.
In general, it is frowned upon to smoke or drink while working behind a bar. Many people view it as unsanitary. In some places, it is also illegal.
When uncorking champagne, try to prevent the pop of the cork. While this is usually associated with champagne, it can be a dangerous practice if the cork should become errant.
When using a soda siphon, handle it by the plastic or metal part only. This is the most sanitary way to approach pouring a soda.
Never fill a glass to the brim. This encourages spilling and makes the entire bar unsanitary and messy. Now, let’s look at some of the more common drink recipes.