Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

In the words of Queen Victoria herself; “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” Victoria is the first of many journeys as a traveling bartender in 2017′. Giving you an insider look at the “industry” while spending a night on the town.   To start, when you head to any city on a drinking pilgrimage it is especially relevant to do a little research on your hotel….

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Infusions Legalized in British Columbia. Pig’s Fly January 23rd!!

Infusions Legalized in British Columbia. Pig’s Fly January 23rd!!

The aptly located government press conference was held inside Prohibition Bar at the Hotel Georgia in November of 2016′. The Hotel Georgia was granted one of the cities first post-prohibition liquor licenses in 1954. The battle for infusions and aging spirits in-house was won in late 2016′, with changes taking effect on January 23rd, 2017. It has been a long time coming. The continuing battle for common sense liquor laws that protect consumers, and allow greater…

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A Bootlegger’s Death; Florence Lassandro

A Bootlegger’s Death; Florence Lassandro

Alberta, a Bootlegger paradise To say that Alberta has a checkered past with its relationship to alcohol is putting it mildly. This constant strain between the people who like to drink VS. the people who try to prevent them has wielded more wild stories than I can recount in a small piece. The territory that became Alberta first enacted prohibition in 1875. That fell apart by 1892, partly due to widespread bootlegging. “Yes, I voted for…

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5 hard-won lessons for any Bartender

5 hard-won lessons for any Bartender

Do anything long enough and you’ll start to see the familiar patterns form that help make the job easier. In line with that; here are a few of my most hard-won observations on being a modern bartender. 1. Hospitality first Biz Markie once said: “Hip hop is the culture, rap is what I do.” Similarly, my mantra is that bartending is the profession, of which making drinks is a component. It’s not about the drink….

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Warren Bobrow – Cannabis Cocktails

Warren Bobrow – Cannabis Cocktails

Warren Bobrow is standing outside Café Beignet in the French Quarters of New Orléans. As we’re looking for a spot to start our interview, I ask him if showing his book off at TOTC brought him to the city. He responds that his family lineage can be traced to the city going back some 300 years. He speaks of the culture and architecture of the city, and specifically its graveyards. Then he flashes a knowing smile…

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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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Vermouth: A fundamental of Bartending

Vermouth: A fundamental of Bartending

Vermouth basics and history The term comes from the Germanic ‘Wermut‘ or wormwood – a salute to one of the core botanicals found in many Vermouth. Although people started drinking aromatized wines as medicine thousands of years ago, that use waned in the end of the 18th century. Consumption as an apéritif, or cocktail ingredient, exploded in Italy and France there after. Whether wormwood technically needs to be in a modern vermouth is a hotly debated…

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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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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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