Lost Mango Nut | Why Scotch and Mango deserve each other.

Lost Mango Nut | Why Scotch and Mango deserve each other.

When I dig into a new drink idea, I typically try to work from the constructs of an ingredient. Today it was Mango. No grand plan, the mango was ripe, it was in the fridge and it was calling for use. Second, I look to the spirit. I’ve recently moved so the “home bar” is not what it has been, but there are some gems. The Lost Blend by Compass Box is as complex as it is…

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Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver, an oasis on Hornby street

Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver, an oasis on Hornby street

The “Hotel Bar” in Canada took a bit of a beating in the 90’s and early 00’s. By all accounts, it fell into obscurity and lost its way. After thoughts to a high thread count and a hearty meal. Now, Vancouver is at the forefront of the resurgence of the “Hotel Bar” in Canada. The Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver is true to form and has set themselves on the world stage of service and hospitality. When…

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Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

For the North American Bartender, heading to Europe is an eye-opening experience. A few Travel Hacks when heading to EU can be essential to a good experience. Being resourceful conversationalist, bartenders are personable and some of the best travel companions. So, after crossing the pond for more than one bartender pilgrimage, we have found some “travel hacks” that will improve how your time’s spent. We won’t be telling you where to go or who to see,…

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Okanagan Spirits, World Class Canadian Distillery in BC Wine Country

Okanagan Spirits, World Class Canadian Distillery in BC Wine Country

The Okanagan valley is a magical place. Often compared as the “California” of Canada. The Valley sits between the 49th and 50th parallel, putting it in the same latitude as the European wine regions of Champagne and Rheingau. When the Okanagan comes up in conversation, you will surely hear about the BC vineyards (#bcwine). You will hear about the farming and the fruit growers. The winemakers are larger than life here (like most wine regions)….

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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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Travelling Bartender: B1 Cocktail Club, Montreal, QC

Travelling Bartender: B1 Cocktail Club, Montreal, QC

Spending any length of time in Montreal is a must for bartender’s and hospitality professionals alike. The finest of eateries, innovative drinks, the darkest of alleys and the notorious after hours culture.  You need not go far for a great cocktail and enviable “french Canadian” service. I say all this as a french Canadian, with a love for Francophone and Anglophone culture collisions. Montreal is a people watching bartender’s dream… B1 Cocktail Club is just…

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Morlacco Martinez, A Spanish Italian American walks into a bar.

Morlacco Martinez, A Spanish Italian American walks into a bar.

What is happening in cocktails and all things liquid “culture” is more than a revival of the classics, it is a full-blown UPRISING in the world of “drinks”. As someone who writes and researches for the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industries, it has never been more exciting. When we look back on this time in another 100 years, we will see more than a few obvious “influencers” in the way of people, products and drinks. Swizzle,…

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Grapefruit Blossom, a combination of the season and the Savoy

Grapefruit Blossom, a combination of the season and the Savoy

One of the great delights we have with running a website like this is the connection you feel to the season’s and the weather. As the sun melts the winter blues away, inspiration from fresh citrus and bright flavours starts to take over. Today was about fresh grapefruit juice. Most of our grapefruits and citrus comes from Florida or Mexico here in Canada. Balancing the sweet and tart flavours of a grapefruit is not difficult….

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The Franciscan, Amaretto Sour di Saronno?

The Franciscan, Amaretto Sour di Saronno?

The Amaretto Sour is a modern classic with a bad reputation. This “new classic” is “new” because it gained popularity in the 1960’s US market. This was during the surge of mixers like sour mix. The sloppy green Amaretto Sour concoction was born. You are not likely to find “sour mix” in cocktail bars anymore and we like that. Here is to hoping that you know better than to accept “sour mix” instead of either…

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Ramos Gin Fizz, Ungava Gin changes the classic

Ramos Gin Fizz, Ungava Gin changes the classic

When you attempt to take on a cocktail like the New Orléans Fizz aka Ramos Gin Fizz, it is important that you understand its history. When you think about New Orléans, you likely think of Mardi Gras, Jazz and the warmth of Louis Armstrong’s trumpet. If you are a cocktail geek like all the writers on this site, you may think of the Daiquiri, Vieux Carre, Hurricane and, Ramos Fizz. Jerry Thomas was first to put the…

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