9 Bar Books to look forward to in 2016

9 Bar Books to look forward to in 2016

Now that the January blues are over and the December splurge is mostly paid off, publishers are getting ready to roll out their 2016 releases. We picked 8 books we’re most excited about, plus a bonus one that may be published this year. So get your bookshelves ready: here’s what you need to know about what’s coming up this year in Cocktail Literature. 1.  Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail Who: Talia Baiocchi, Leslie Pariseau What: Books…

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Avuá Cachaça, with Co-Founder Pete Nevenglosky

Avuá Cachaça, with Co-Founder Pete Nevenglosky

You’ll remember the day a brand wanders into the saturated spirits world and breathes fresh air into a category dominated by industrial brands, because it doesn’t happen often. Avuá Cachaça has won the hearts of bartenders and has turned people on to cane spirits since they launched. The cane based categories still have a long way to go before the masses are celebrating them. Products like these will keep the good fight moving forward in…

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Dong Fang Hong, smoky four ways

Dong Fang Hong, smoky four ways

“In Islay, it is rainy and windy every day of the year. So the prevailing belief is you should take your fire with you. That was what helped inspire the flavor of Ardbeg” – David Blackmore, Arbeg Brand Ambassador A desire for bold flavors in drinks has seen a spectacular rise in the last few years. Hoppy beers, Kombucha and smoky spirits have all become commonplace. Bruichladdich released Octomore 06.3, with 258 ppm of peat…

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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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Trick Dog declassifies their secret 7th menu

Trick Dog declassifies their secret 7th menu

Just a day after their 3rd anniversary Trick Dog (3010 20th Street, San Francisco) has launched their 7th menu. Each menu release from this award-winning bar team comes with more hype than the last and the latest highly anticipated menu is filled with secrets. Burn after reading. They completely change everything about the menu from concept to design of the actual print-work and a 100% overhaul of every cocktail they serve. Many great bars go with the…

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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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Culinary Cocktails with Fortify, by Spring 44

Culinary Cocktails with Fortify, by Spring 44

A recent competition was held in San Francisco introducing a brand spanking new product from Spring 44 Distillery (Loveland, Colorado) They’ve released an apéritif called Fortify. A bitter liqueur that has a depth that exceeds many others in the category. This ruby liqueur has tart cherry and bitter citrus on the front palate. Clove, ginger, faint oak and burnt orange zest come out in the middle. The finish is dry with distinct wild flower honey notes. I…

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The Powell Street Sour, from Bambudda

The Powell Street Sour, from Bambudda

The “Sour” is a menu staple at any great cocktail bar. Making this drink unique while still honoring it has become the hallmark of this classic. The Powell Street Sour is a signature drink at Bambudda (99 Powell Street, Vancouver). It is massively popular, having been sold 5000 times in its first year of service. BC Living called it one of the most interesting wine cocktails in Vancouver. It’s heavily photographed, giving Bambudda a much appreciated…

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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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Author Richard Godwin, in 8 Questions

Author Richard Godwin, in 8 Questions

Richard Godwin is a journalist for the London Evening Standard, a home bartender and the author of The Spirits: A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, a cocktail book for making proper cocktailians out of anyone. At least anyone who can legally drink (we hear a cocktail book for children is in the works). He kindly took the time to answer a few of our questions: You’ve written about a great many topics for the Evening Standard,…

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