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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Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits

Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits

It’s a bright, hot April day in Vancouver and I’m speaking to Gordon Glanz, the owner of Odd Society Spirits about his 3-year-old distillery. Glanz is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and that’s where he developed his interest in distilled spirits.  “For some unknown reason we used to distill our water at home”, he says with a chuckle. “I’d use my moms water distiller to make spirits from wine that I made. It was pretty awful,…

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El Ritmo, by Giancarlo Jesus

El Ritmo, by Giancarlo Jesus

The Diamond’s Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus is the Canadian finalist for the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition with his fantastic El Ritmo cocktail. This Tuesday, he’s embarked on a trip that will take him to Montreal, Miami, Puerto Rico and ultimately San Francisco, where he will compete against bartenders from all over the world for the grand finale of Bacardi Legacy. Gian managed to take a few minutes to chat with us just before he left Vancouver to share with us some stories…

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Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo | The Mai-Tai Spritz

Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo | The Mai-Tai Spritz

Looks like spring has finally arrived in rainy Vancouver, and bars are finishing working on their new seasonal menus. To make things easier, Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau‘s latest book, has just been released and will surely inspire bartenders with a few light and refreshing options. There’s no question the Aperol Spritz has become a modern classic. Baiocchi, author of the James Beard-nominated Sherry, and Punch founder and editor-in-chief. Pariseau,…

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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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