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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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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Updated Hotel Georgia Cocktail

Updated Hotel Georgia Cocktail

She holds a gun to his head. “What are you going to print about tonight?”, asks Margaret. “I’m sorry babe,” Dyter smirks. “I don’t write crime novels”. Errol Flynn was a famous Hollywood actor whose personal life was more risky than his action roles. Best known for swashbuckling genre films, he was also a registered guest of the Hotel Georgia the night he died in 1959. His first major film role was starring as Dyter…

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Powell Street Sour, from Bambudda

Powell Street Sour, from Bambudda

The “Sour” is a menu staple at any great cocktail bar. Making this drink unique while still honoring it has become the hallmark of this classic. The Powell Street Sour was a signature drink at Bambudda. It was massively popular. We sold 10000 of them, with the final one being sold on Bambudda’s final night of service. BC Living called it one of the most interesting wine cocktails in Vancouver. It’s heavily photographed, most followers of…

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12 Bartenders Share Their Favorite Drink after a Hard Shift

12 Bartenders Share Their Favorite Drink after a Hard Shift

In part one of this series, “16 Bartenders Share Their Post Shift Cure to a Hard Shift“, we asked industry veterans to talk about their post work rituals that help them to recover after an exceptionally hard shift behind the bar. Food, exercise and the classic bartenders “handshake” (beer and a shot) featured highly. Not all bartenders are elated by the prospect of having a cocktail after making drinks for guests all night, usually at…

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16 Bartenders Share Their Post Work Cure to a Hard Shift

16 Bartenders Share Their Post Work Cure to a Hard Shift

Hospitality service is an unforgiving sport, an elegant battle. Like any all-encompassing profession we go into big nights of service with the intention to ‘win’. That is, to work together as an efficient team to make guests feel like they got great value for their money spent and a desire to eagerly return. One of the great unseen pressures of the job is feeling responsible for the happiness of an entire room of paying patrons….

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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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One Eyed Samurai, one eyed dragon

One Eyed Samurai, one eyed dragon

{One Eyed} Samurai {one eyed dragon} 30ml Watermelon Infused Tequila 30ml Hakutsuru Sake 30ml Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 20ml Gomme Syrup 3 dashes Orange Blossom Water Garnished:  Watermelon Granite   Watermelon Tequila and Watermelon Granite are the key ingredients to this drink’s flavour and presentation. Core out a fresh watermelon and pass through a juicer. Leave the juice to rest overnight — concentrated watermelon essence will settle at the bottom and water will float at the…

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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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