Vermouth: A fundamental of Bartending

Vermouth: A fundamental of Bartending

Vermouth basics and history The term comes from the Germanic ‘Wermut‘ or wormwood – a salute to one of the core botanicals found in many Vermouth. Although people started drinking aromatized wines as medicine thousands of years ago, that use waned in the end of the 18th century. Consumption as an apéritif, or cocktail ingredient, exploded in Italy and France there after. Whether wormwood technically needs to be in a modern vermouth is a hotly debated…

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Attaboy’s Micky McIlroy talks Nashville, Sasha Petraske and the worst trends in cocktails

Attaboy’s Micky McIlroy talks Nashville, Sasha Petraske and the worst trends in cocktails

In 2004, Micky McIlroy was a young bartender in Belfast, Ireland. He was passionate to learn everything he could about his trade. He was reading bar books and researching the best bars in the world. Sasha Petraske‘s Milk & Honey kept coming up. Micky did the obvious thing. He boarded a flight to New York, found Milk & Honey and introduced himself to Sasha. The Irish citizen then asked for a job. Recently, The Canadian Professional…

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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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Dandelion and White Peach Antilles, an archipelago of inspiration

Dandelion and White Peach Antilles, an archipelago of inspiration

Inspiration for art comes from everywhere. The craft of the cocktail has hit the main stream again and bar tenders are considered artists in many ways. If this site does not make it clear, cocktails and bartending are a large part of my artistic expression. A good amount of me is creatively put into 2 minute taste experiences for people and I love it. This cocktail, inspired by my two favourite subjects, history and seasonal flavour. The…

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Morlacco Martinez, A Spanish Italian American walks into a bar.

Morlacco Martinez, A Spanish Italian American walks into a bar.

What is happening in cocktails and all things liquid “culture” is more than a revival of the classics, it is a full-blown UPRISING in the world of “drinks”. As someone who writes and researches for the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industries, it has never been more exciting. When we look back on this time in another 100 years, we will see more than a few obvious “influencers” in the way of people, products and drinks. Swizzle,…

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Grapefruit Blossom, a combination of the season and the Savoy

Grapefruit Blossom, a combination of the season and the Savoy

One of the great delights we have with running a website like this is the connection you feel to the season’s and the weather. As the sun melts the winter blues away, inspiration from fresh citrus and bright flavours starts to take over. Today was about fresh grapefruit juice. Most of our grapefruits and citrus comes from Florida or Mexico here in Canada. Balancing the sweet and tart flavours of a grapefruit is not difficult….

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A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

 1 Part Averna Amaro 1 Part Remy Martin VSOP 1 Part Carpano Antica Formula  Stir all ingredients with lots of ice, allowing proper dilution. Garnish with a blood orange slice.  Tasting Notes:  Nose: Floral and herbal with notes of fennel, orange, cloves and winter spices. Palate: Smooth full mouthfeel, with an oily texture. The finish is long with herbs and citrus notes. Perfect as an digestif.   My inspiration was the blood orange itself. After scanning…

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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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Bloody Bronx Cocktail #2, settled for your viewing pleasure

Bloody Bronx Cocktail #2, settled for your viewing pleasure

In 1934, the Bronx Cocktail was ranked #3 on the list of the ten most famous cocktails of the day. Right behind the Martini and the Manhattan. As a Canadian, it was surprising to find out that all five boroughs are well represented in cocktail format. The invention of the Bronx Cocktail is steeped in controversy, as are so many like it. Joseph S. Sormani is the first to claim it. “The Bronx Cocktail, strange to…

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“Hoots Mon Cocktail” testing from The Savoy Cocktail Book

“Hoots Mon Cocktail” testing from The Savoy Cocktail Book

Reading “cocktail manuals” from the past is bound to send you down a “worm-hole” of information. No cocktail book has served us better for such an endeavour as “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. This original created and maintained at the Savoy Hotel in London is simply one of the most iconic books in the “industry”. A thorough review to follow, although we would assume that most who cross theses posts would have it already. If not…

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