The Fernet Bitter Battle - Italy vs Mexico
Fernet. Do you love it Italian or Mexican?
First a bitter dose of history.
Fernet as a class of bitter liqueur, has been around since the 1800’s
It started out as a medicinal treatment for ailments such as indigestion, cholera and malaria.
It is quite bitter, making it an acquired taste.. The word Amarois Italian for bitter. Fernets contain a fair amount of sugar, but it is disguised, relying…
Clarified Milk Punch, drink your whey
Why add milk, to a citrusy alcoholic beverage? Curds and Whey A modern reason for making a milk punch is the delayed gratification. A project to experiment with. It’s not something you will be consuming the same day. From a historical perspective Noted Drinkers like (insert name of politician or author from the 1700’s here) liked to be able to have a drink that could be rested and consumed…
Spicy tequila @ 1897 Bar #travellingbartender
Dubai is known as one of the top shopping destinations in the world, however what most people are not aware of, there is a great scene of nightlife, with original bars, lounges and lavish night clubs, in this modern Middle East pearl.
Recently, after doing my weekly grocery shopping at Mall of Emirates and still hiding from burning 50 degrees outside (summer time in UAE!), I finally decided to…
The Golden State of Cocktails, in 3 drinks
Matt Grippo is an East Coast transplant. He is a Bartender and the General Manager of Blackbird Bar in San Francisco. A traveller and purveyor of rare products, Matt is on a quest to take the pretension out of cocktails.
He just joined the justcocktails cadre! Here he reports back from The Golden State of Cocktails, hosted in San Francisco on September 22/23 2014:
Barman Matt Grippo appropriately…
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 G…
The Odd Drinks of Robert ‘Buck’ Friend
“Why do you make so many odd drinks?”, I ask Robert ‘Buck’ Friend
Robert ‘Buck’ Friend“I don’t want to list a bunch of spirit forward brown drinks”, remarks Buck. He has cocktails that come in hollowed out grapefruit shells, ‘sunscreen lotion’ bottles and adorned with crispy chicken skin. “They’re already done in so many craft cocktail bars – why do what’s already been done.”
The Bubble Tea…
Pina Colada, Flor de Cana style for International Rum day
Originating in Puerto Rico, the Pina Colada is a refreshing RUM based cocktail perfect for any patio. The name ‘Pina Colada’ means squeezed pineapple indicating the freshness of the ingredients that should be used. This delicious cocktail though often will result in a fantastic headache the next morning based on the amount of sugar added to it. This is a DIY project which will give you the rich…
A short blog from Chef Chris Shaften about the path to his first restaurant in the Okanagan. Opening Summer 2014’ in the heart of the cultural district in downtown Kelowna British Columbia.
Jay Jones, Canadian Bar Legend Takes Cocktails To Center Ice.
“I love Negroni’s“, relates Vancouver Canucks President Trevor Linden.
The 20 season star NHL hockey player and new President of the Vancouver Canucks qualifies it,
“When I host a party at my place, I like to batch up Negroni’s by the pitcher for my guests. They’re so good!”
Canucks President Trevor Linden’s favorite cocktail is the Negroni – image from TrevorLinden.comThis comes as a larger…
Black #Cherry #Pisco Sour #encanto #bcfruit #egg | #bartend #blackandwhite #cocktail #canadacocktail (at Prince’s Island Park)