Lost Mango Nut | Why Scotch and Mango deserve each other.

Lost Mango Nut | Why Scotch and Mango deserve each other.

When I dig into a new drink idea, I typically try to work from the constructs of an ingredient. Today it was Mango. No grand plan, the mango was ripe, it was in the fridge and it was calling for use. Second, I look to the spirit. I’ve recently moved so the “home bar” is not what it has been, but there are some gems. The Lost Blend by Compass Box is as complex as it is…

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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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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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Glen Afraig, A Chartreuse Dream comes to glass.

Glen Afraig, A Chartreuse Dream comes to glass.

“Chartreuse, the only liqueur so good they named a color after it.” This famous quote from Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof demonstrates most bartender’s tastes, maybe not entirely mine. Chartreuse is good, don’t misread me, it’s just that so many times this french herbal liqueur is used more for her trendy aspect regardless of her flavor. Adding Chartreuse to any cocktail won’t make it better every time. Cocktails should taste good, it seems obvious, but it…

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Put a D on it | A brief history of GlenDronach Whisky

Put a D on it | A brief history of GlenDronach Whisky

In 1826, the ‘Guid Glendronach’ Distillery became legal in Aberdeenshire thanks to James ‘Allardice’ Allardes (1780-1849).  Just three years earlier Scotland had established the Excise Act (1823) allowing for legal distilleries. Allardice produced the first batch of GlenDronach whisky under the second licence ever granted, after years of bootlegging on the same site.  FunFact: Former bootlegger George Smith was the first person to take out a licence for a distillery under the new license law, founding the Glenlivet Distillery in 1824. This made him a ‘sell-out’ to…

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Secret Beach Cocktail with Tanq10 and Platinum

Secret Beach Cocktail with Tanq10 and Platinum

 It is that sun drenched time of year where we increasingly take our imbibing outdoors. Need a simple cocktail that delivers complex and delightful flavor and is easily transported? We thought so. Try the Secret Beach Cocktail. 2 parts Tanqueray 10 Gin 1 part Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 1 part Strained Fresh Lemon Juice 1 part Fireweed Honey Water (1:1 dilution) 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters Combine ingredients in a stirring vessel. Add ice. Stir until well…

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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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“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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The Scottish Flip, perfect for Sunday afternoon

The Scottish Flip, perfect for Sunday afternoon

 2 parts Macallan 10 Scotch Whisky 1 part House Macintosh apple cordial (Here is a link to an easy House Apple Liqueur from our friends at Boozed & Infused) 3/4 part Lemon juice 1 whole fresh egg 2 dashes Fee Brother’s Whisky aged barrel bitters 1 bar spoon Luxardo maraschino cherry syrup  In a metal tin combine all ingredients, except maraschino cherry syrup, and dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into chilled glass….

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Ardbeg in the morning, pineapple collides with rhubarb, black pepper and sage

Ardbeg in the morning, pineapple collides with rhubarb, black pepper and sage

3 parts Ardbeg 10 year 2 parts Fresh Pineapple Juice 2 parts Rhubarb Puree 4 fresh sage leaves 2 Dashes Victoria Bitters Black Pepper Burnt Grapefruit peal Add scotch, juice, puree, bitters and leaves into Boston glass. Shake hard, single strain into chilled martini glass and burn grapefruit peal over pineapple froth.

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