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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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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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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The Club Cocktail, brandy delicious

The Club Cocktail, brandy delicious

The club cocktail came to print in about in 1939 with one of our favourite books Just Cocktails by W.C Whitfield. Brandy, these days, seems to synonymously be COGNAC. YES, all cognac are brandies BUT they are much more complex blends of brandies. THUS, more complex in structure = More complex in flavour. This is why we use it like it is just good ole’ brandy. Which it is not. ha. 2 oz Brandy (our bias…

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A cocktail for the Polar Vortex, Faith and Music

A cocktail for the Polar Vortex, Faith and Music

Faith And Music “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton 3 parts Remy Martin VSOP 1 part Braulio Bormio Alpino Amaro 1 part Cointreau Orange Curacao 1 brandied cherry Combine ingredients in stirring vessel. Add ice, stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry. Stuck at home and need a drink of simple construction? Check. A beverage that has the complex…

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The Sidecar; too bitter or too sweet? #100Classics

The Sidecar; too bitter or too sweet? #100Classics

When I was introduced to the Sidecar, it was anything but romantic. It was an average brandy mixed with a faux triple sec, a squeeze of lemon juice and a sugary rim. No balance, no character. {A common theme of my early bartending days} These days, the Sidecar is the cocktail that I order first at nearly every bar. Simply three ingredients, and depending on the quality on those ingredients, simply delicious. This cocktail has…

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A Saratoga Cocktail, Remy Martin meets High West rye & house bitters

A Saratoga Cocktail, Remy Martin meets High West rye & house bitters

1 oz Remy Martin VSOP 1 oz High West Double Rye 1 oz Carpano Antica 2 dashes of house Angostura Style Bitters Add ingredients to mixing glass, stir well, and julep strain into chilled tasting glass. The Saratoga is reminiscent of the times in Saratoga Springs, (The Hampton’s of New York in the 19th Century), and gambling on the river boats in the gorgeous summer. Imagine New York without the skyline and sip on this…

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A Cherry Smash, Luxardo married with Remy VSOP

A Cherry Smash, Luxardo married with Remy VSOP

1.5 oz Remy Martin VSOP .75 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao .75 oz fresh lemon juice .5 oz Luxardo Sangue Marlacco Cherry 4 house brandied Cherries (Remy VSOP, Nanking Cherries:) Garnish with one House Cherry. Muddle cherries in mixing glass, add all other ingredients and shake well and strain into chilled coupé. An ode to Julie Reiner’s cocktail at Flatiron Lounge in NYC. This is a delicious variation with some house made ingredients.

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Fancy Cognac Smash, a classic muddled cocktail

Fancy Cognac Smash, a classic muddled cocktail

2 Parts Remy Martin VSOP 1 part Cointreau 1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 3 heavy dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters 1/2 Lime, cut into large chunks 6 grapes, sliced in half 5 mint leaves (optional, as are the use of other herbs instead) Topped with soda water, to taste Crushed ice Combine grapes and lime chunks into shaker tin. Muddle until lime and grapes are juiced. Add alcoholic liquids and ice. Shake hard and double strain…

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