Odd History: The Hindenburg Cocktail

Odd History: The Hindenburg Cocktail

The hydrogen powered Hindenburg was a notable accomplishment even in an era when humanities’ technological advances were on overdrive. It’s also a history that can feel weird to research from a cocktail archaeology perspective – given that the giant blimp flew from Nazi-controlled Germany. The Zeppelin Company Chairman Eckener didn’t want his flights politicized for Nazi propaganda. His stance got him very publicly chastised by the Nazi’s. Prior to the first Zeppelin transatlantic flight in 1936,…

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The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, one of the most important collection of pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes, has finally been given a makeover. Frank Caiafa, manager at the Peacock Alley, the lobby bar at New York’s renowned Waldorf Astoria, has dusted off A.S. Crockett’s bar books, and augmented them with his own recipes, as well as many other classic drinks omitted in the 1930’s manuals. The results are nothing short of amazing: Caiafa managed to condense years of research…

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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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The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing

The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing

Richard Godwin is a busy man. When the British journalist doesn’t have his hands full with the joys and perils of parenthood, you’ll find him either writing for the London Evening Standard about politics, sports, the economy, music, movies, restaurants and sriracha or interviewing the Dalai Lama. And if his schedule wasn’t quite packed enough, he managed to write a cocktail book, The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, and now he’s running around promoting it ahead of its release, this week.   Writing…

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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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Yukon Marc Summer Sling

Yukon Marc Summer Sling

 Yukon Marc is an unaged Haskap pomace brandy Marc is a wine-grape or fruit spirit obtained by distilling pomace, the refuse leftover from crushing fruit during winemaking. The term dates to early 17th century France.  Marcher, translating ‘to trample‘.  In Italy it’s called Grappa. In many European countries it’s called some variation of Rakia. All are filed under the broader category of Brandy. Derived from the Dutch word brandewijn, or  “burnt wine”, referring to the process of taking wine and distilling it….

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A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

 1 Part Averna Amaro 1 Part Remy Martin VSOP 1 Part Carpano Antica Formula  Stir all ingredients with lots of ice, allowing proper dilution. Garnish with a blood orange slice.  Tasting Notes:  Nose: Floral and herbal with notes of fennel, orange, cloves and winter spices. Palate: Smooth full mouthfeel, with an oily texture. The finish is long with herbs and citrus notes. Perfect as an digestif.   My inspiration was the blood orange itself. After scanning…

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Fallen Angel, for the love of Luxardo

Fallen Angel, for the love of Luxardo

Press play and listen to this preview of the 1945 classic Fallen Angel. Read on. Cocktail available at Charcut in Calgary, AB, CAN today. 1 oz Beefeater Gin 1/2 oz Cynar liqueur 1/2 oz Boulard Calvados 1/2 oz Luxardo Sangue Marlacco Cherry Liqueur 2 dashes of Bitter Sling’s Lem-march bitters – stirred – garnished with a grapefruit rind which I rimmed the glass with For the picture I got fancy and used a strawberry rose I…

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Water of Life, eau de vie.

Water of Life, eau de vie.

1 part Okanagan Spirits Pear eau-de-vie. (A rare product, this is not a fussy drink, so feel free to use and “Water of Life” you prefer.  1/2 part Cocchi Americano  1/2 part House infused vanilla vodka  2 dashes Mexican Vanilla  2 Parts Dry sparkling wine  Shake the first four ingredients with ice and double strain into flute. Crown with bubbles. A delicious Mexican vanilla made this cocktail dance. Use the best you can find. Eau…

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