Cuba Libre, and why there are no bad drinks..

Cuba Libre, and why there are no bad drinks..

My Cuba Libre Story Were you ever at a rum bar, ask for a Daiquiri and then been told : « Sorry but we don’t do that here. Just pick a drink from the list !» Or have you ever heard a bartender refusing to make an apple martini because he believes it is simply “no good”? What about the Cuba Libre? In my opinion, these situations happen too often. As a bartender, I consider making my patrons happy…

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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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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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The Painkiller and Dale Degroff’s best advice for bartenders

The Painkiller and Dale Degroff’s best advice for bartenders

The last time we talked to the legendary Dale Degroff, we covered his early days at The Rainbow Room, eastern spirits and his Pimento bitters. The second half of this in-depth conversation focuses on his advice for bartenders to go from good, to great. (Link: Part I) In looking at some of the influences around you, I was reading your wife’s bio. She credited you as a great influence on her art. What influence do…

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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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Post Opium Daiquiri, better than dope

Post Opium Daiquiri, better than dope

It all started in Cuba The classic Daiquiri originated in Cuba. Daiquiri is both the name of a beach and the mine where the lore of the drink suggests it was invented. The Daiquiri is considered one of the 6 primary categories of cocktails. (The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David Embury, 1948) The term Daiquiri is of Taino origin. The Taino people were the original inhabitants of Cuba, as well as Jamaica, Haiti and most of the other…

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Ambos Mundos, by Marios Iliopoulos

Ambos Mundos, by Marios Iliopoulos

Meet our #FeatureBartender Marios Iliopoulos. He is participating in the global Bacardi Legacy Challenge that has inspired the creative efforts of fine bartenders around the globe. Currently, Marios is in the final four for Greece. The competition has led many talented bartenders to reach out to us to showcase their drinks. We’ve decided that we’ll have a routine feature for global bartenders, with one of their drinks, in a new section on our website. In…

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Pepin Cocktail by Emil Åreng

Pepin Cocktail by Emil Åreng

Emil Åreng is the Bar Manager at the Open/Closed Bar in Umeå, Sweden. Åreng represented Sweden at the World Class Bartender of the Year final, in 2013. Now he’s set his sights on the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition, in Sydney on May 1-3. We were very impressed with his submission and wanted to share it. We are hoping that he will be in Sydney, along with our friend Xaris Darras, of Athens. The Pepin…

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Clandestino Cocktail, by Xaris Darras

Clandestino Cocktail, by Xaris Darras

Xaris Darras is a 31-year-old Bartender from Athens, Greece. He is the Head-Bartender at a cocktail bar called, Mona’s. The bar is in the northern suburb of Chalandri. He is competing in the global Bacardi Legacy 2015 tournament in Sydney. He won the Greek national final and will be representing Greece, alongside Canada’s Mike Shum.   “I’ve been a bartender for 10 years and this is my second competition. One year ago I took the 4th place…

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Clarified Milk Punch, drink your whey

Clarified Milk Punch, drink your whey

Why add milk, to a citrusy alcoholic beverage?   Curds and Whey  A modern reason for making a milk punch is the delayed gratification. A project to experiment with. It’s not something you will be consuming the same day. From a historical perspective Noted Drinkers like (insert name of politician or author from the 1700’s here) liked to be able to have a drink that could be rested and consumed later, in spite of a lack…

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