Having a good name for a cocktail is essential, especially if you want to get it into a bar or publication. Part of the fun, if you can call it that, is creating a name with a meaning. The problem with that is people just don’t get the connections and then the name gets lost to time. Well, the Internet has fixed that, so creatively is a must. Here is an example of how I […]
These two are simple, refreshing, highballs suitable anytime or anywhere. But can you tell the difference between them?
Cocktails that have been around for over 100 years are popular because they are well balanced, complex and enjoyable. The Singapore Sling is one of those cocktails.
I’m not sure who decides these things, but today (June 11th) is World Gin Day. So what does one do on a day that celebrates gin? I’d hazard a guess that we’d enjoy a gin cocktail. The obvious choices are the Negroni or Martini, but may I suggest The Filby? Yes, I’ve written about this cocktail before, but that was before having some fascinating information given to me by the people who created and influenced […]
I’m not sure who decides these things, but today (June 11th) is World Gin Day. So what does one do on a day that celebrates gin? I’d hazard a guess that we’d enjoy a gin cocktail. The obvious choices are the Negroni or Martini, but may I suggest The Filby? Yes, I’ve written about this cocktail before, but that was prior to having some very interesting information given to me about the people who created […]
A fan of Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick or possibly Rob Zombie may understand the name of this cocktail, but for the unenlightened, the phrase “red red kroovy” comes from the book/movie “A Clockwork Orange”. It is used by the main character, Alex, to describe blood in the fictional Nadsat language. The phrase was subsequently used in the chorus of Rob Zombie’s song “Never Gonna Stop” and as the songs sub/alternate title. Intriguing history, interesting name, […]
Since I acquired a bottle or Luxardo Maraschino, in New Orleans, I’ve been on a mission to make some of the key classic cocktails that I’ve been missing out on. This is partly to see what the classics tasted like and also to fill out my resume as a knowledgeable bartender. I like to think of bartenders as “liquid chefs”, and as a chef, you need to know the classic techniques and recipes before you […]
Bartending competition results can never tell the whole story, nor do they reflect the true strengths of each competitor. However, numbered rankings often seem harsh, especially to those who didn’t come in first. Like those old “No Fear” t-shirts from the 1990s that claimed “second place is the first loser”, numbers are merciless. So for a little more balance, and a little humour, here is how I saw the competition. 12. Oron “Waits” Lerner (Israel) […]
And here are the final bartender summaries for the top six competitors. Sometimes circumstances have an interesting effect on the final positions in any competition. There is no doubt that things like jet-lag, smoke inhalation and the sniffles can make or break a competitor. But, the top competitors always find a way to rise above these things and still give outstanding performances. 6. Spyros “The Thumb” Patsialos (Greece) Another of the Greek contingent, Spyros was […]
Before James Bond latched onto the Martini, the Vesper was his cocktail of choice.