Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

As far as any historians can tell – Edmonton, Alberta has never had a legal distillery. The space where Strathcona Spirits stands wasn’t ever meant to be a distillery, either. When owner Adam Smith secured it, he wasn’t a distiller. In fact, he had no idea that he would be involved in such a groundbreaking effort. The Baby Seal Club “We’ve had the space for well over 10 years”, relates Smith. “The original purpose for…

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The Coupe; a home bartenders curated guide

The Coupe; a home bartenders curated guide

The Coupe glass has been the favorite glass of professionals and home bartenders for a long time. The Coupe book, celebrates that history. The craft cocktails and vintage collectibles natural intersections. With cocktail guides and drinks manuals that seem to come out in greater number each year. While you can see a mixture of professional guides blended with curated recipes manuals are everywhere. How do you discern?  The Coupe by Brian Hart Hoffman is the later. A…

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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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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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The Nomad Cocktail Book | North Sea Oil Cocktail

The Nomad Cocktail Book | North Sea Oil Cocktail

The NoMad Cookbook is probably one of the most anticipated foodie books to come out his fall. But to find James Beard laureate Leo Robitschek‘s The NoMad Cocktail Book tucked in the back was a bit of a surprise. The NoMad Hotel, in a handsome Beaux-Arts building at 28th and Broadway, in Manhattan, is the latest project by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, respectively executive chef and general manager of Eleven Madison Park. If the name…

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The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing

The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing

Richard Godwin is a busy man. When the British journalist doesn’t have his hands full with the joys and perils of parenthood, you’ll find him either writing for the London Evening Standard about politics, sports, the economy, music, movies, restaurants and sriracha or interviewing the Dalai Lama. And if his schedule wasn’t quite packed enough, he managed to write a cocktail book, The Spirits, A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, and now he’s running around promoting it ahead of its release, this week.   Writing…

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Baijiu, the essentials | Kweichow-ld Fashioned

Baijiu, the essentials | Kweichow-ld Fashioned

Baijiu is the most consumed alcohol on earth. What do you know about it? For foreigners, it is a much dreaded rite of passage they are reluctantly coaxed into when visiting the Middle Kingdom, and the cause of many vicious hangovers the following mornings. But in its homeland, no celebration, wedding, important business meeting or official event would be complete without it. Baijiu, literally ‘white alcohol’, is the national drink of China, which makes it…

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Amy Stewart talks The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart talks The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart is a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker and winner of the National Endowment of the Arts for her work on the field of Botany. She owns the expansive Eureka Book Store in Eureka, California. One of Amy Stewart’s greatest successes is the fascinating book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The Worlds Great Drinks (2013), It’s a collection of ‘biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology–with more than fifty drink recipes and…

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The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide

The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide

  The mere mixing and serving of drinks does not alone fix a barman’s value. The average drinking man wants to be served promptly and with consideration. Don’t let any man go away dissatisfied.  — Charley Mahoney, The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide, 1905 The guys at Cocktail Kingdom have kept busy lately. After publishing late last year the first re-print of Charles Baker’s Southern American Gentleman’s Companion and an almost-exact replica of the original 1862 edition of Jerry Thomas Bar…

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