Cocktail Apprentice Program

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Cocktail Apprentice Program

The Cocktail Apprentice Program is an exclusive mentorship program for up-and-coming bartenders to learn alongside some of the biggest names in the business during the five days of Tales of the Cocktail. Since 2008, more than 400 apprentices have gained extensive experience working and managing large-scale, high-volume events while providing an invaluable service to Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and the industry as a whole. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation continues to support the growing fraternity of past apprentices by offering exclusive opportunities for scholarships and financial aid to further support their growth within the industry.

2023/2024 CAP Dates & Deadlines will be announced soon!

CAP2023 Grey Coat Applications Open - TBA

CAP2023 Call for Red Coat Applications Open - TBA

CAP2023 Grey Coat Applications Open - TBA

CAP2023 Red Coat Applications Open - TBA

CAP Class of 2024 Announced - TBA


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CAP Community Series

Join CAP alumni for the Full Hands In / Full Hands Out: CAP Community Series for a set of educational online webinar workshops that invite you behind the scenes into the Cocktail Apprentice Program. ⁠These webinar episodes will cover technical subjects and best practices on trends to shifting gears from bartending to brand work, as well as discussions around personal and professional growth, starting your own company, and other social topics.

Webinar Archive

If you weren’t able to join the CAP community for any of the previous webinars, you can find an archive of all recordings here!

CAP Community Series - Batching Part I: Batching 101

CAP Community Series - Batching Part II: Batching 201 Organizing & Executing

CAP Community Series - Personal Growth Part I: From Bartender to Brand presented by Courvoisier

CAP Community Series - Personal Growth Part II: Re-Visioning Your Role in the Hospitality Industry presented by Don Q

CAP Community Series - Future CAP Part I: Cocktail Apprentice Program 101 Q&A presented by Johnnie Walker

CAP Community Series - Future CAP Part II: CAP 2022 Recruitment presented by Tequila Fortaleza

Future CAP Part III: Red Coat 2022 Reminders presented by Perrier

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Cocktail Apprentice Reimbursement Program

The TOTCF Tuition Reimbursement Program encourages and supports Cocktail Apprentice alumni who enroll in college, university, technical school courses, or hospitality courses in order to obtain an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, technical degree, or a certificate of completion that has a grade.
This program offers former Cocktail Apprentices opportunities through the Reimbursement Program, Medical Assistance Fund, BAR 5-DayScholarships, and the CAP Scholarship Program that awards grants in various projects bartenders are interested in pursuing.
Any former Cocktail Apprentice can apply for and secure tuition reimbursement benefits.

Cocktail Apprentice BAR 5-Day™ Scholarship

In an ongoing effort to support and cultivate the international bartending community, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has accepted applications for the Cocktail Apprentice BAR 5-Day Scholarship Program for the past nine years. Each year, three former Tales of the Cocktail Apprentices receive a scholarship valued at $4,450 for tuition and travel expenses to attend the BAR 5-DayCertification Program held annually in New York City.

Since starting the scholarship program, 45 former Cocktail Apprentices have participated in BAR® 5-DayProgram. Founded by six of the biggest names in the bartending industry- Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Steve Olson, F. Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour, and David Wondrich, the BAR® 5-Day Program has gained recognition as one of the top bartender training programs in the country.

Cocktail Apprentice Program BAR 5-Day™ Scholarship Archive












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