Unit of competency details

SITHFAB015A - Prepare and serve cocktails (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SITHFAB303 - Prepare and serve cocktailsRe-worked Elements, Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge to more fully articulate content. Any ‘must’ statements in Range moved to Required Knowledge and Critical aspects for assessment. One prerequisite unit removed. SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety, and SITHFAB201 Provide responsible service of alcohol retained as prerequisites. 17/Jan/2013
Supersedes and is equivalent to THHADFB03B - Prepare and serve cocktails 31/Dec/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Jan/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110103 Food And Beverage Service 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110103 Food And Beverage Service 14/Dec/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare and serve cocktails in a range of hospitality enterprises.

Cocktails are drinks with a base, usually of one or more spirits, to which other ingredients are added.

Some States and Territories will have legislative requirements in relation to service of alcohol.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to establishments where cocktails are served. It generally reflects the role undertaken by an experienced beverage attendant and includes the requirement for creative input into cocktail development.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

This unit must be assessed after the following prerequisite units:

SITHFAB002C Operate a bar

SITHFAB009A Provide responsible service of alcohol

SITXOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures.

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria




Promote cocktails to customers.


Encourage customers to buy cocktails according to enterprise policy.


Use display materials  appropriately to promote cocktails.


Offer customers accurate information in a courteous manner about the style and range of cocktails  available.


Prepare cocktails.


Select correct cocktail glassware and equipment  and use them according to enterprise and industry standards.


Make cocktails correctly and efficiently according to enterprise and industry recipes .


Consider eye appeal, texture, flavour and required temperature in preparing cocktails.


Consider options for new cocktails using suitable combinations of alcoholic  and non -alcoholic  ingredients, and develop them according to enterprise policy.


Present cocktails.


Present cocktails attractively and maximise eye appeal.


Use garnishes and decorations according to enterprise standards.


Avoid wastage and spillage during service.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • preparation and presentation of a variety of different cocktails
  • safe work practices and hygiene issues in relation to cocktail preparation and presentation
  • literacy skills to read cocktail recipes
  • numeracy skills to calculate quantities of ingredients for cocktails in multiple quantities, and costs for cocktails.

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • recipes for the most popular traditional cocktails
  • typical alcoholic ingredients of cocktails
  • typical non-alcoholic ingredients of cocktails
  • range and variety of cocktail making equipment
  • range and variety of cocktail glassware
  • origins, nature and characteristics of:
  • spirits and liqueurs
  • vermouths, bitters and fortified wines
  • requirements of the relevant state or territory Liquor Act in relation to service of alcohol (please note that this should be covered by completion of SITHFAB009A Provide responsible service of alcohol).

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • ability to prepare and present a variety of standard cocktails correctly and within an acceptable enterprise range, including examples of blended, shaken, stirred, built and floated cocktails
  • preparation of quantities of cocktails within industry-realistic timeframes.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • preparation of a variety of cocktails over a service period to meet various customer requests
  • access to a bar with industry-current equipment for making cocktails, as defined in the Assessment Guidelines
  • access to a variety of suitable ingredients for making cocktails.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct observation of practical demonstration of preparing and serving cocktails
  • written or oral questions to test knowledge of ingredients and method of preparation of traditional cocktails
  • evaluation of new cocktails developed by the candidate
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

SITXFIN001A Process financial transactions.

Assessing employability skills 

Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.

Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification and in the context of the job role.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.

Display materials  include:

  • cards
  • brochures
  • lists
  • photographs
  • any other materials used to promote cocktails.

Range of cocktails  must include:

  • blended
  • shaken
  • stirred
  • built
  • floated.

Cocktail equipment  includes:

  • shakers
  • jugs
  • standard and specialised cocktail glassware
  • stirrers and swizzles
  • blenders
  • ice crushers
  • glass chillers
  • ice shavers
  • cleaning equipment
  • bar towels
  • toothpicks.

Recipes  include those developed by the enterprise as well as traditional recipes such as:

  • brandy alexander
  • piña colada
  • brandy crusta
  • tom collins
  • champagne cocktail
  • martini
  • margarita
  • grasshopper
  • tequila sunrise
  • daiquiri
  • bloody mary
  • black velvet
  • whisky sour
  • white Russian
  • screwdriver.

Alcoholic  ingredients for cocktails include:

  • spirits
  • fortified wines
  • liqueurs.

Non -alcoholic  ingredients for cocktails include:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • fruit and vegetable juices
  • milk and cream
  • eggs
  • spices
  • sugar
  • sugar syrup
  • salt
  • cordials
  • bitters.

Unit Sector(s)



Competency field

Competency field 

Food and Beverage