Cuba Libre, and why there are no bad drinks..

Cuba Libre, and why there are no bad drinks..

My Cuba Libre Story Were you ever at a rum bar, ask for a Daiquiri and then been told : « Sorry but we don’t do that here. Just pick a drink from the list !» Or have you ever heard a bartender refusing to make an apple martini because he believes it is simply “no good”? What about the Cuba Libre? In my opinion, these situations happen too often. As a bartender, I consider making my patrons happy…

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Fairmont Classics Perfected: Interview avec Nader Chabaane

Fairmont Classics Perfected: Interview avec Nader Chabaane

Dans les locaux de Liquid Kitchen, quatre des meilleurs barmans au monde se réunissaient pour créer ce qui allait devenir (lancé officiellement le 23 novembre 2015) le premier menu cocktail international. Erik Lorincz du Savoy à Londres, Grant Sceney du Pacific Rim à Vancouver, Tom Hogan du Fairmont Singapore et Nader Chabaane du Château Frontenac à Québec ont uni leurs efforts pour élaborer CLASSICS PERFECTED, une carte de cocktails haut de gamme, misant sur la balance de…

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Eggnog worth a riot | West Point Nog

Eggnog worth a riot | West Point Nog

The Holidays are upon us, and just like every Holiday season, there are three things you just can’t run away from: aggravating Christmas music, fruitcake, and eggnog. (Include things, or people, we missed in the comments) Eggnog is the liquid equivalent of the Christmas sweater. No one is particularly excited about it, but you still do it once a year because you don’t want to be the one who disses the tradition. But let’s face…

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Vegan Cocktails In Vancouver

Vegan Cocktails In Vancouver

Cocktails go vegan at Bambudda thanks to new botanical egg white substitute. Full article by Lindsay William-Ross for VanCity Buzz here. “When it comes to finding a place at the bar, those who follow a vegan diet, or who have an egg allergy, have to be careful what they order. Classic drinks, like flips, fizzes, and sours, often rely on the egg white to serve as an integral part of the drink,” writes Lindsay, for VanCity Buzz….

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Post Opium Daiquiri, better than dope

Post Opium Daiquiri, better than dope

It all started in Cuba The classic Daiquiri originated in Cuba. Daiquiri is both the name of a beach and the mine where the lore of the drink suggests it was invented. The Daiquiri is considered one of the 6 primary categories of cocktails. (The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David Embury, 1948) The term Daiquiri is of Taino origin. The Taino people were the original inhabitants of Cuba, as well as Jamaica, Haiti and most of the other…

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The Original Hotel Del Prado Margarita

The Original Hotel Del Prado Margarita

How popular are Margaritas anyway? The Margarita has recently emerged as the most popular cocktail in the US thanks to its many variations. Margarita’s captured a whopping 20% share of all cocktails served in American bars and restaurants in 2013, and effectively became what the Daiquiri was in the 90‘s. Even though its rise to fame is fairly recent, the drink itself is nearly 100 years-old, which begs the question: What are other classic Margarita cocktail variations? Tequila…

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Mint Juleps in the Seelbach Hotel

Mint Juleps in the Seelbach Hotel

Walking into the hotel bar at the Hilton Seelbach, is like walking back in time to an era of flappers, moonshine & jazz.  Fun Fact: The opulent 4 star Seelbach Hotel served as the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Dim lighting, a dark color scheme and scents of dusty whiskey stained wood reminds me of what a Pre-Prohibition bar would be like. I’m seated at the frayed oak bar to be greeted by an old…

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Clarified Milk Punch, drink your whey

Clarified Milk Punch, drink your whey

Why add milk, to a citrusy alcoholic beverage?   Curds and Whey  A modern reason for making a milk punch is the delayed gratification. A project to experiment with. It’s not something you will be consuming the same day. From a historical perspective Noted Drinkers like (insert name of politician or author from the 1700’s here) liked to be able to have a drink that could be rested and consumed later, in spite of a lack…

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Dandelion and White Peach Antilles, an archipelago of inspiration

Dandelion and White Peach Antilles, an archipelago of inspiration

Inspiration for art comes from everywhere. The craft of the cocktail has hit the main stream again and bar tenders are considered artists in many ways. If this site does not make it clear, cocktails and bartending are a large part of my artistic expression. A good amount of me is creatively put into 2 minute taste experiences for people and I love it. This cocktail, inspired by my two favourite subjects, history and seasonal flavour. The…

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Honey In Drinks is The Bees Knees!

Honey In Drinks is The Bees Knees!

Honey is the key ingredient in humanity’s oldest alcoholic beverage, Mead. Mix honey with water, introduce almost any kind of yeast and allow it to ferment. You’ll get delicious honey wine. Mead can range in alcohol and sweetness levels greatly. It can be still or sparkling. Mead is traditionally mixed with flowers, spices, fruit or wine grapes. The oldest written records of mead consumption go back to the early Vedic Period, in 1700 BC.  Archaeological evidence goes…

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