123 of the World’s Best Travel hacks in 2017′

123 of the World’s Best Travel hacks in 2017′

Part of the bar craft involves travel. For inspiration or otherwise. When I was told I would be selected as one of the top travel hackers in 2017′ for my “In flight Bartender” piece, I was ecstatic. Here is the post, with links available to see all the amazing travel hacks from across all the industries. TRAVEL HACK; Packing Personal Cocktails For In-Flight Bartending You get to relieve the pressures of travel, with your perfect…

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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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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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Travelling Bartender: B1 Cocktail Club, Montreal, QC

Travelling Bartender: B1 Cocktail Club, Montreal, QC

Spending any length of time in Montreal is a must for bartender’s and hospitality professionals alike. The finest of eateries, innovative drinks, the darkest of alleys and the notorious after hours culture.  You need not go far for a great cocktail and enviable “french Canadian” service. I say all this as a french Canadian, with a love for Francophone and Anglophone culture collisions. Montreal is a people watching bartender’s dream… B1 Cocktail Club is just…

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Cherry Bomb, #TGIF, Kaffir, Cherry, Kettle and Violette are at the bar.

Cherry Bomb, #TGIF, Kaffir, Cherry, Kettle and Violette are at the bar.

2 Parts Ketel One vodka 1/2 Part Giffard Violette 1 Part Cherry purée 1 part lemon juice 3-4 kaffir lime leaves Shake all ingredients with a boston shaker with lots of ice. Double strain into chilled glass. Tasting notes:   Aromatic on the nose with sweet/spicy notes. The taste is smooth and fruity with flavours of cherry bomb, lime, and floral notes. Medium body that rolls off the tongue and a long finish. I (@rebeccamind) wanted…

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Flip D’hiver, the winter flip and the history behind it.

Flip D’hiver, the winter flip and the history behind it.

45ml House Chinese 5 Spice Appleton VX 15ml Amaro Averna 1 Whole Egg 10ml Pear Nectar 10ml Maple Syrup Dust of nutmeg Add ingredients to shaker tin, shake hard and strain into beautiful coupe.   Meaning ‘winter flip’ in French. This drink is a culmination of a drink concept I make every winter….  I think I got it right!  Always changing slightly, and improving upon the classic Flip recipe. Velvety texture of egg and the…

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Rob Roy Cocktail and the Bartender who created it

Rob Roy Cocktail and the Bartender who created it

The Rob Roy cocktail is a true classic. It is essentially a Manhattan with Scotch substituted for North American Whiskey. The drink benefitted from Scottish whisky becoming widely available for the first time in 1890 North America. Fun fact, in 1898 the first commercial ever shown before a motion picture was an advert for Dewar’s Scotch. Rob Roy was a real historical character, but the name of the drink is a reference to a popular operetta….

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The Controversy Surrounding the Toronto (Cocktail)

The Controversy Surrounding the Toronto (Cocktail)

Good day fellow imbibers! Let’s indulge in the classic Toronto Cocktail Here is the recipe as we have come to love it, through a few years of experimentation, and with a few of our favorite ingredients: 2 oz Michter’s Single Barrel Rye 1/4oz to 1/2oz Simple Syrup to taste 4 heavy dashes Dillon’s Angelica Bitters Combine ingredients in a stirring vessel. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Express lemon oil…

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The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris – Book Review

The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris – Book Review

With a library of cocktail, bar, beverage and hospitality books in my office, it is a major surprise that I did not already have a copy of this manual by Mon. Colin Peter Field. I have had the pleasure of his instruction and have buried my head in this book before while in a friends library. The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris is a cocktail book that keeps to its story and thesis. This book…

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Olympia Cocktail, from the first Olympics to you.

1 oz Metaxa 5 year (Rose Buds, brandy, wine, legendary) 1/2 oz Porter’s Tonic (Cinchona, Lemon, Lime, Lemongrass) 2 oz Mineral Water (Water of life) 1 Grapefruit Slice infused with Green Cardamom Add to glass, stir over ice and enjoy. This cocktail showcases an ancient idea that has fallen out of favour in the “WEST”. The idea that brandy, wine, and healthy things like Cinchona, Cardamom, and lemongrass could not be drank as something to…

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