LÛMé (LUME) Melbourne; A truly unique experience.

LÛMé (LUME) Melbourne; A truly unique experience.

Unique, this is the best word to start my story with, yes, uniqueness, and I am going tell you about LÛMé (LUME). The new culinary chapter of Shaun Quade is enclosed in a Terrace House at 226 Coventry Street, in South Melbourne. Just one step inside the door of LUME and I don’t know what was the first thing that most attracted my attention. Whether the fast and delicate steps of those who were working on the floor….

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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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Bar Convent Berlin – PRESS INFO

Bar Convent Berlin – PRESS INFO

Bar Convent Berlin (BCB), One of the World’s Premier Bar Shows,  Announces Its Ninth Edition, Scheduled for October 6-7, 2015 An Estimated 200 Exhibitors to Showcase 500 Brands; 10,000 Attendees Expected from Germany, U.S., Europe, and Beyond   BERLIN—Bar Convent Berlin (BCB), one of the world’s premier trade fairs for the bar and beverage industry, today announces its ninth edition that will take place on October 6-7, 2015. An estimated 200 exhibitors will showcase about…

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Okanagan Spirits, World Class Canadian Distillery in BC Wine Country

Okanagan Spirits, World Class Canadian Distillery in BC Wine Country

The Okanagan valley is a magical place. Often compared as the “California” of Canada. The Valley sits between the 49th and 50th parallel, putting it in the same latitude as the European wine regions of Champagne and Rheingau. When the Okanagan comes up in conversation, you will surely hear about the BC vineyards (#bcwine). You will hear about the farming and the fruit growers. The winemakers are larger than life here (like most wine regions)….

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Dranks at PABU, San Francisco [PHOTOS]

Dranks at PABU, San Francisco [PHOTOS]

PABU is Chef Ken Tominaga‘s Japanese izakaya and sushi bar sourcing fish both locally and from afar, including Japan’s Tsujiki market. At the helm of Pabu’s cocktail program is Lead Bartender Nick Jones, and Head Bar Man of Mina Group Carlo Splendorini. With their combined experience and creativity the cocktail program is reflective of Japanese traditions and flavors highlighting unique spirits with an emphasis on creativity and presentation. “The philosophy of PABU’S cocktail program is true to Japanese culture,…

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Spring In Roxbury, by Thor Paulson

Spring In Roxbury, by Thor Paulson

The Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (BC Chapter) recently hosted their Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Competition. The CPBA Cup annual cocktail competition was held on a rainy Monday night, at The Keefer Bar. The 86 Co. sponsored the event. The Diamond Gastown‘s bar manager, Thor Paulson, defended his current title, winning the Cup second time in a row. With the win comes the opportunity to attend Tales of the Cocktail in Mexico City (April 19-21, 2015) Here’s his competition winning cocktail:…

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Just In Thyme, by Evelyn Chick

Just In Thyme, by Evelyn Chick

“I believe in that one sip & one bite that can alter one’s momentary existence.” – Evelyn Chick Bartender Evelyn Chick is one of North America’s first serious female contenders in the Bacardi Legacy global cocktail competition. Having shown a natural talent from a shockingly young age, her abilities have only become more renowned in the last couple of years. She has won awards and run bar programs in some of Canada’s most highly regarded venues. Having recently relocated east…

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Glen Afraig, A Chartreuse Dream comes to glass.

Glen Afraig, A Chartreuse Dream comes to glass.

“Chartreuse, the only liqueur so good they named a color after it.” This famous quote from Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof demonstrates most bartender’s tastes, maybe not entirely mine. Chartreuse is good, don’t misread me, it’s just that so many times this french herbal liqueur is used more for her trendy aspect regardless of her flavor. Adding Chartreuse to any cocktail won’t make it better every time. Cocktails should taste good, it seems obvious, but it…

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Bryant Park, an ode to the Manhattan discoveries

Bryant Park, an ode to the Manhattan discoveries

A place somewhere in Manhattan…   1.5 oz Stolichnaya Sticki Vodka .5 oz Drambuie .25oz tangelo shrub 6­-8 dashes Bittered Sling Denman bitters Top with unfiltered wheat beer, I used Rickards white Shaken, except beer, with lots of ice. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Crown with beer and stir. Enjoy neat or on ice. Stolichnaya Sticki is a honey flavoured vodka that I discovered at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. While partying at the New…

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4 am Sour, Spring is for the Eggs..

4 am Sour, Spring is for the Eggs..

4 am Sour is for the late night workers… This creation came after working a busy saturday night at the bar. I didn’t get home until 4am, so I decided to make myself a rum sour. The cocoa simple syrup came from a previous competition and the cinnamon on top created an amazing aromatic experience. 2 Parts Appleton Estate Reserve rum 1 Part cocoa simple syrup * 4 dashes Bittered Sling plum & rootbeer bitters…

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