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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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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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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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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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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Lance Winters, of legendary St. George Spirits

Lance Winters, of legendary St. George Spirits

“My last drink ever would be a Hemingway Daiquiri with my agricole rum.” – Lance Winters Craft Distilling is definitely on a winning streak these days. With distilleries popping up globally and many of them creating award-winning products – it’s a great time to be a bartender and imbiber. 19 years ago, Lance Winters approached St. George Spirits founder Jörg Rupf and handed him a bottle of whiskey he’d made at home. That was his résumé. What…

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Gaz Regan talks about the Joy of Mixology revisions

Gaz Regan talks about the Joy of Mixology revisions

Gaz Regan knows more about bartending and hospitality than most bartenders alive today. He’s been a bartender arguably his whole life and is one of the fathers of its modern renaissance. The Joy of Mixology (2003), his breakthrough book, helped bartenders to categorize cocktails into core families to better understand that if you learn the familial style, one could remember thousands of drink recipes simply by identifying key characteristics and then using the proper spirits. Michael Dietsch,…

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David Wondrich on Books, Bars and Booze

David Wondrich on Books, Bars and Booze

There are two types of bartending books: those published before David Wondrich‘s Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, and those published after. Wondrich’s groundbreaking 2007 book, which is coming to a store near you in a brand new revised edition, earned him the prestigious James Beard Award, the first ever to be awarded to a bartending book, and became a mandatory reading for anyone looking to get more serious about bartending. Sometime in the…

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Pop – Up Game of Thrones Cocktail Bar

Pop – Up Game of Thrones Cocktail Bar

{Leading the charge is Matt Grippo, head bartender at San Francisco’s iconic Blackbird Bar. The Whisky Warrior is heading due North for his first-ever Canadian stop, thanks to an alliance with Bambudda’s bar manager, Tarquin Melnyk.   Grippo’s arsenal of inventive libations includes the soothing and sultry Milk of the Poppy, the alcohol-forward Mad King, the flaming Mother of Dragons and the deadly delicious Red Wedding. Cocktails are $11 each or three for $30. Chef…

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