About Belize Institute of Mixology


Luis at work

The Owner and Founder of Belize Institute of Mixology (BIM) is Luis Velasquez. Luis has been working in the hospitality industry for over 15 years as a bartender, waiter, bar manager and hotel manager.  Luis has participated and won several Bartending and Mixology competitions in and outside of Belize. He was chosen to serve Prince Harry on his visit to Belize in 2012 and has also created the rules for the annual Taste of Belize Bartending competition. He has done training in Roatan, Honduras as well as in several parts of Mexico. His passion for customer service combined with his extensive experience,naturally led to the creation of this company. It was this combination that made him so successful as a bartender and he has organized a team of professionals to offer in depth, courses that will eventually extend to all faucets of the industry. Luis is proud to offer his talent and experience to any and all participants that are ready to join the exciting world of mixology.

The B.I.M. team has devised a series of informative, professional and conveniently concise courses as one of many steps in their dedication to the improvement of Belize’s tourism product. BIM is offering Five fully rounded courses: Introduction to Bartending, Advanced Bartending, Elemental Mixology, Customer Service and Bar Chef. These courses will include presentations from guest instructors in the field of wine, beer, rum, and of course flair. Each course will be for four days and may also include a doctor as guest instructor on alcohol awareness. Power point presentations and practical hands on training will ensure student participation.

Mixology DefinitionThis is the culmination from over 18 years in the hospitality field and the team is very excited to play a small part in the enhancement of Belize’s tourism product. Our aim is to be original and fully Belizean but meeting international standards in all regards. Certificates will be issued upon completion. Each privileged individual will receive instructions from world class bartenders as well as important tips and guidelines of the trade. The use of media presentations, hands on training, simulated scenarios and hard copy reading materials will ensure your success in this course. Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will be presented with a certificate of Participation and will be a part of a database created solely for the support of its members.

BIM Certificate on Completion