Travel

After an early morning flight to Victoria, I checked into the hotel and got set for the first day of Art of the Cocktail. This event is tiny compared to Tales of the Cocktail or the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, but that’s actually a good thing. There are a limited number of events each day with a much more relaxed pace.

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Travel

Travel and drink 2010 continues, this time I’ll be hitting Victoria, British Columbia for Art of the Cocktail (October 16 and 17) then I’ll be heading to Seattle for 2 days followed by 3 in Portland for Drink.Write 2010 and Portland Cocktail Week. For Art of the Cocktail, I’ll be attending a few sessions, like the Oddballs by Ted "Dr.

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Cocktails

As bartenders and mixologists toil away behind their bars, they occasionally create inspiring cocktails that they want to share with the masses. After creation, the first thing that needs to be done is to provide the mixture with an etymological designation (i.e. give it a name). If the drink is truly unique, then picking a name is a trivial matter.

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Cocktails

The problem with cocktails, like the Aviation, is that they require ingredients that maybe hard to find, well at least if they are to be done properly. Of course when I make a cocktail, I want it done properly, so I am constantly on the look out for ingredients that are not in my inventory. When I travel to different

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bar

In the previous article on bartender tools I looked at the equipment that you will use frequently. In this article I’ll be looking at items that if you didn’t have, you would survive, but having them will make you life easier and your guests experience more pleasant. If you take bartending as a profession, then giving your customers the best

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bar

Behind the bar, you need a lot of bar tools and equipment, often more than you think, especially if you want to be perceived as a professional. Most bars will have the essential equipment, such as shakers and bottle openers, but depending on where you work, they may not provide all the things that make your job easier. Aside from

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Whisky

To start my Canadian whisky review I figure I should start with the royalty of Canadian whisky, Crown Royal, and one of the standards by which I’ll judge other Canadian whiskies. Almost everyone who drinks whisky has heard, tasted or observed Crown Royal sitting on the back bar. Crown Royal was one of the first super premium spirits when it

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Whisky

It seems people are finding lots of old bottles of whisky that are still sealed and are wondering whether they are still good and what the value of the bottle would be. For the most part, any bottle of unsealed high proof spirit should be safe as we’ve seen by the sales of very old scotch whiskies. As for the

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Cocktails

by Caroline O’Neil Voila…the Pina Colada. I really thought that Darcy’s blog needed a bit of a girlie flare so I’ve taken over once again. First of all, I would like to say that I am shocked that Darcy has not reviewed this drink before. The Pina Colada is a very popular drink that is requested quite often at the

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Cocktails

When you work behind a bar you’ll get the occasional odd request. Sometimes it for some bizarre drink, other times it for an odd ingredient and then there is the request for items that usually are not stocked in a typical bar, like root beer. Most bars have a limited supply of non-alcoholic carbonated beverages and those are typically Coke,

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