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Skinny Girl Margarita

The Margarita is most likely the number one requested summer cocktail. The problem is that very few people actually enjoy a genuine Margarita. Early in its history it was a simple drink--related to the Daisy class of alcoholic drinks--which consisted of tequila, triple sec, lime and salt. Sadly, over the last 30 years, this… [Continue]

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry daiquiriOn hot summer days we have to thank Cuban bartenders for creating such thirst quenching cocktails, like the Mojito and the Daiquiri. Both… [Continue]

Classic Cuban Mojito

mojitoThe Mojito (pronounced: moe-hee-toe) is a classic Cuban cocktail most closely tied to Cuba's famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar. This drink is extremely refreshing and is a great cocktail to order on a hot summer day or when hitting the dance floor. The basic drink is remotely similar to… [Continue]

French Martini

French MartiniOccasionally, at the new bar I work in, I get requests for a French Martini. Prior to this I had never heard of one, nor had I made one, but after a quick look through Difford's Guide to Cocktails, it was a simple effort to shake one up. What strikes me odd about this… [Continue]

Caesar Cocktail

Caesar CocktailWhen someone says Caesar the first thing that might come to mind is a salad, or possibly and old dead Roman guy, but if you are in Canada you'll probably think cocktail. If you were to pick an official cocktail for Canada, the Caesar would be it. For some reason this cocktail… [Continue]

Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

mai tai drink recipeThe Mai Tai is a very misunderstood cocktail. Many people think this is a tropical fruit juice cocktail, but the reality is that this is a very strong rum based drink. The confusion comes from a hotel in Hawaii that modified the original formula in the 1950's and… [Continue]

The Big Old Boring Vodka Martini

vodkaWhy do people order dry vodka martini's? Is it because they don't know what else to order? Is it the herding effect? Or do people actually think they taste good? This is as much a study in psychology as it is in drinking trends. Remember the term "monkey see, monkey do", that's… [Continue]

Copyright & Cocktails

The topic of protecting ones creative cocktail works has amp’d up lately. After Eben Freeman's session on cocktails and intellectual property (which unfortunately I couldn’t attend due to a conflicting event) the conversation has started to polarize and two camps are forming - for protection and against protection. Articles have been written in The… [Continue]

Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan is still widely regarded as one of the greatest cocktails ever created. Personally, a well made Manhattan is a cocktail I truly enjoy. It’s perfectly in balance, simple and as a guy I can drink this cocktail anywhere and not feel out of place. It’s also as strong as a properly made martini, but like the martini it started out differently. The martini is based on a… [Continue]

Manhattan Cocktail Redux

Recently I’ve been musing about the Manhattan Cocktail and with Woodford Reserve and Esquire Magazine launching the “Craft the Ultimate Manhattan” contest, it has given me an opportunity to put my thoughts to pixels. Why? Because the recent trend in Manhattans has been to make it the absolutely most flavourful… [Continue]

Moral Suasion

A good drink can often be considered "moral 'suasion". A good one keeps you in your seat, but not by force, and a really good one can persuade you to happily open your wallet and order a second. When I came across this cocktail, in the 1873 Daily Picayune (New Orleans), it piqued my curiosity, partially because this was the very early years of the cocktail art, and it actually looked… [Continue]

Monkey Gland

"Oh yay, another post on the Monkey Gland", is what a lot of people might be saying. Sure, it's been a topic of interest among bloggers and the Cocktail Brain Trust™ for the past few years. Most reviews are glowing, kind of like Canadians over President Obama (circa 2009). Personally, I suspect a lot of people like the cocktail because it makes people giggle like little school… [Continue]

Sex on the Beach

When a girl doesn't know what to order at a bar she will generally default to a handful of drink choices, one of them being the Sex on the Beach. Lately I've been feeling the same way about writing, so I'm defaulting to a default cocktail. This is a simple, but effective, cocktail that seems to please the sugar junky masses. This drink has many variations, but for the most part the… [Continue]

Claret Cup

At one point in time Claret Punch was an immensely popular concoction. It was the punch of choice for parties and the drink most enjoyed by the British in the 1800's. Today, if you sauntered into a North American bar and asked for a claret cup, you'd be hard pressed to find a bartender that could make it, let alone one that knows what claret is. It's too bad because claret cup has a… [Continue]

Pimm’s Cup

Pimms CupIn the northern hemisphere the hot day's of summer are quickly approaching. With global warming giving the planet a fever, we need to stop creating green house gases, but until that happens, a nice refreshing summer cocktail might help. One such cocktail is the Pimm's Cup,… [Continue]

Pina Colada

by Caroline O'Neil

Pina coladaVoila...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… [Continue]

How to Name a Cocktail

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. If the drink is a variation on an existing cocktail,… [Continue]

Goombay Smash

When you think about the Caribbean, you envision warm beaches, cool breezes and rum. With its increased popularity around the world, rum drinks are being exported from the tropics, and just not the pina colada. There are a number of great rum based drinks, including the Mojito, Rum Punch and the Pain Killer.… [Continue]

Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail

Ramos Gin FizzOn any given day, if I were offered a properly made Ramos Gin Fizz I would never turn it down. This is a drink with a long history, dating back to 1888 and a unique taste and consistency that is hard to find in almost any other drink. The trick to the Ramos Gin Fizz is… [Continue]

Wet Grave

An opportunity to present drink history to the bar community in New Orleans always inspires my creativity. With so many great bartenders and mixologists churning out great cocktails, my efforts are less public than they once were. I’ve eschewed the shotgun approach for the more refined sniper tactics. The Wet Grave is one of those bullseye cocktails that combines everything I love about drinks.… [Continue]

How to Make a Martini

I just spent the last two Saturdays whipping up some cocktails at the LCBO and came to the realization that there are some big gaps in the knowledge people need to make a decent martini, or any cocktail for that matter. Art of Drink has always been about the dissemination of information for the betterment of cocktails so we’re going back to basics. Even though a lot of us are good at discussing… [Continue]

Vesper Martini

With the James Bond flick Casino Royale having been in theaters, many cocktail enthusiasts eyes were looking for the appearance of the Vesper Martini. This cocktail is a “James Bond” original, actually an Ian Fleming original, but who cares. For the most part it is a variation on a Martini, and all bartenders know what Mr. Bond did… [Continue]

Pisco Sour

The class of drinks called “sours” are pretty common. The general recipe is spirit, lemon/lime, sugar, egg white and sometimes bitters. The Whisky Sour is a classic sour, which is probably the most commonly ordered in North America. But you can have a brandy sour, a Midori sour or a Pisco Sour. Pisco is the national spirit of Chile / Peru and they are currently still fighting… [Continue]

Origin of the Word Cocktail

This topic has been debated a lot and nobody really knows where the word came from, but every once in a while somebody comes across an old newspaper article discussing this topic. Well, as I was researching through some archives of old newspapers, I came across a couple of articles discussing the origin of the word "cocktail". I decided to share them. The articles are interesting in that they are… [Continue]

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