When Europe's most respected bar show calls to collaborate on their educational program in Paris you strap on your Champagne trousers & answer that call. Queue the Cocktails Sprits Bar Show in Paris is one the oldest bar events in Europe that has over the years been on the frontline of educational content in the hospitality industry. Their slogan - IN BARTENDERS WE TRUST - has been the driving force of their bar show throughout the years. Now like never before we need to beli
Orgeat syrup is a non-alcoholic almond-flavoured syrup that is commonly used in tiki and classic cocktails, most notably in the Mai Tai. The creamy and opalescent syrup is typically made out of blanched almonds, water, sugar, and rose or orange flower water. Originally, it was made from a barley-almond blend. This connects to its origins in Latin, where the term orgeat translates as "made with barley". Once it was discovered that the almonds allowed the syrup to soak up more
A language we thought we knew, a country we thought we could imagine & a level of hospitality that completely blew us out of the water. A bar show with a quintessentially Mediterranean attitude & approach to guests as well as organisation makes it truly one of a kind. We'd first met Emmanuel Minez & Alberto Pires in a swimming pool somewhere in Ibiza drinking gin & tonics whilst discussing the trials & tribulations of creating a bar show. This is the atmosphere that we found
When speaking of classic cocktails from days gone we always love to fawn over how the first 'Golden Age of Bartending' was a grand time where everybody was an aristocrat drinking with their pinky up & being all high class. Little do we forget what alcohol does to the human body as well as the COMPLETE lack of rules & regulations present in the world 120 years ago. So this leads us to the story of the day about a cocktail most have heard but maybe don't know enough about - The
Every year a James Bond film comes out thousands of unfortunate souls around the world come confidently into their local cocktail bar & proudly order 'One Vesper Martini & please shaken not stirred' from the bartender. They pay the required amount & as the glass makes its way towards their lips images of fast luxurious cars, models of their dreams & adventure where they are the hero comes into their minds. This cult of ego comes crashing down upon first sip as reality in the
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