Canadian Cantineros Contest; Havana Club Canada

Canadian Cantineros Contest; Havana Club Canada

Havana Club Canada is searching for 20 Canadian bartenders to take a trip with them to Cuba. We got the opportunity to catch up with Donnie Wheeler by phone to chat about the upcoming contest and selection process. So tell me about this particular contest; So this is the Canadian Cantineros Contest of 2017′ by Havana Club. Cantineros being the Spanish word for bartender. I am basically taking a bunch of bartenders to Cuba, and I…

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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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Chan Chan, by Mike Shum

Chan Chan, by Mike Shum

The Canadian finale of the prestigious Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition has taken place, and bartender Mike Shum will be travelling to Sydney to represent Canada. Mike, who mixes drinks at the iconic waterfront Fairmont Pacific Rim, lives and breathes hospitality, having worked in food and beverages his whole life. Growing up in Abbotsford, he made his début in the industry when he landed his first summer job: picking blueberries at some of the Fraser Valley’s…

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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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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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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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