Unit of competency details

SITHFAB030 - Prepare and serve cocktails (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes SITHFAB010 - Prepare and serve cocktailsAdded prerequisite Minor changes to KE and AC. 09/Jun/2022

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Jun/2022


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 04/Aug/2022 
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Unit of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare and serve a range of cocktails. It requires the ability to promote, prepare and present attractive cocktails and experiment with ideas to develop new cocktail recipes.

The unit applies to any hospitality organisation that operates a bar that serves cocktails, including hotels, restaurants and clubs.

The preparation of cocktails is a high order technical bar attendant skill used by experienced beverage attendants who operate independently or with limited guidance from others.

The sale and service of alcohol is subject to the provisions of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) law in each state and territory of Australia.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

SITHFAB021 Provide responsible service of alcohol

SITHFAB023 Operate a bar

SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety

Competency Field

Food and Beverage

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Promote cocktails to customers and take orders.

1.1. Use display materials to promote cocktails.

1.2. Offer customers accurate information about the style and range of cocktails available and encourage their purchase in line with house policy.

1.3. Check and identify specific customer preferences and take orders.

1.4. Make recommendations and suggestions to assist customers with drink selection, and promote or upsell products.

2. Prepare cocktails.

2.1. Select appropriate cocktail glassware and equipment and use according to manufacturer instructions, organisational procedures and industry standards.

2.2. Make cocktails correctly and efficiently according to organisational and traditional recipes.

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

2.4. Experiment with creative and complementary combinations of alcoholic and non alcoholic ingredients to develop new cocktails.

2.5. Evaluate presentation of cocktails and make adjustments before serving.

3. Serve cocktails.

3.1. Present cocktails attractively and maximise visual appeal.

3.2. Use garnishes and decorations according to organisational and traditional standards.

3.3. Avoid wastage and spillage during service.

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Reading skills to:

  • read cocktail menus, brochures, price lists, promotional materials, and organisational and traditional recipes.

Oral communication skills to:

  • use active listening and open and closed probe questioning to determine customer preferences and offer suitable products
  • provide clear and accurate information on cocktails tailored to the customer.

Numeracy skills to:

  • calculate ingredient quantities when preparing cocktails.

Learning skills to:

  • take customer feedback into account when developing new and appealing cocktails.

Problem-solving skills to:

  • identify deficiencies in cocktail quality and make adjustments to ensure a quality product.

Planning and organising skills to:

  • sequence the preparation of cocktails to efficiently serve customers.

Self-management skills to:

  • manage own speed, timing and productivity.

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is not equivalent to SITHFAB010 Prepare and serve cocktails.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • use organisational-specific and traditional recipes to prepare cocktails over at least three service periods
  • prepare and present at least two different cocktails to meet customer requirements, using each of the following methods:
  • blended
  • built
  • floated
  • muddled
  • shaken
  • stirred
  • prepare and present above cocktails:
  • using accompaniments and garnishes decoratively
  • maintaining consistent quality, volume and appearance
  • in line with organisational procedures
  • using correct equipment, ingredients and standard measures for preparation
  • working to commercial timeframes.

Knowledge Evidence

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • major types of alcoholic ingredients, their characteristics and origins:
  • spirits and liqueurs
  • vermouths, bitters and fortified wines
  • current trends and customer preferences for cocktails
  • popular types of cocktails and their characteristics, recipes, preparation techniques and service:
  • black velvet
  • bloody Mary
  • brandy Alexander
  • brandy crusta
  • champagne cocktail
  • cosmopolitan
  • daiquiri
  • espresso martini
  • grasshopper
  • Long Island iced tea
  • margarita
  • martini
  • mimosa
  • mojito
  • negroni
  • old fashioned
  • piña colada
  • screwdriver
  • Singapore sling
  • tequila sunrise
  • Tom Collins
  • whisky sour
  • white Russian
  • recipes, preparation methods and presentation standards for organisation-specific cocktails
  • options to meet specific customer preferences relating to:
  • brand
  • garnishes
  • glassware
  • ice
  • mixers
  • strength
  • organisational standards for:
  • glassware used for cocktail presentation
  • garnishes and decorations used to enhance cocktails
  • operational features and uses of cocktail making equipment.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in an operational commercial bar. This can be:

  • an industry workplace; or
  • a simulated industry environment set up for the purposes of assessment.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • fixtures and large and small equipment:
  • bar service area
  • refrigerator
  • storage area for glassware and drinks
  • bar towels
  • coasters
  • cutting boards
  • garnish containers
  • ice and ice buckets
  • juicers
  • napkins
  • powder shakers
  • pourers:
  • speed
  • optic
  • inverted optic
  • utensils:
  • bar spoons and teaspoons
  • nip measures
  • small knives
  • tongs
  • glassware specific to the type of cocktail being prepared
  • service trays and liners
  • straws, swizzle sticks and toothpicks
  • waiter’s friend
  • specific equipment for preparing cocktails and mocktails:
  • blender
  • Boston glass
  • cocktail shakers
  • Hawthorn glasses and strainer
  • muddler
  • standard and specialised cocktail glassware for different bases
  • zester
  • stock:
  • garnishes
  • ice
  • commercial range of:
  • bottled mixers
  • bottled and canned beers
  • liqueurs
  • wines
  • basic spirits
  • cleaning materials and equipment
  • organisational specifications:
  • equipment manufacturer instructions
  • cocktail bar menus
  • organisational safety procedures
  • price lists
  • promotional materials
  • traditional recipes, preparation methods and presentation standards for cocktails
  • safety data sheets (SDS) for cleaning agents and chemicals or plain English workplace documents or diagrams that interpret the content of SDS
  • industry-realistic ratio of bar staff to customers. These can be:
  • customers in an industry workplace during the assessment process; or
  • individuals who participate in role plays or simulated activities, set up for the purpose of assessment, in a simulated industry environment operated within a training organisation.

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors and have worked in industry for at least three years where they have applied the skills and knowledge of this unit of competency.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=68c40a93-e51d-4e0f-bc06-899dff092694