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The Bramble

Gin and Sweet Citrus with a Touch of Tart For those of you looking for yet another gin and juice cocktail to sip and enjoy year round, the Bramble might be the ticket. This classic cocktail originated in the UK and was intended to be just a summer sipper. Dick Bradsell is the bartender credited... Read more

The Whisky Sour, or Whiskey Sour

Whiskies Can Be Spelled Differently Whiskey or Whisky? In Canada, and most of the rest of the world we spell whisky without an ‘e’ before the ‘y’. Depending on if your roots lie in Ireland or America, you might be inclined to include an ‘e’ in your spelling of this aged spirit. Going back to... Read more

How To Store Wine

What Should You Consider When Storing Wine? Wine is alive. Being as this fermented beverage is alive, it reacts either positively or negatively to its environment. How wine is stored will determine how fast or slow a bottle will age. Wine needs to be kept in a clean, dark, damp place with good ventilation. It... Read more

The Blue Hawaii and Blue Hawaiian

The Blue Hawaii The Blue Hawaii goes back to the 1950’s and is a cocktail created by a bartender and Bing Crosby fan. Harry Yee was the renowned bartender for many tropical cocktails including the Banana Daiquiri and the Tropical Itch. As with many cocktails, this cocktail seems to have its origins in a pushy... Read more

Bartending & Traveling

Bartending & Traveling One of the most exciting things about being a bartender is that the skills you have learned can be used in every country in the world. Bartending is a universal skill that can open doors to unlimited possibilities. Many of the students that have taken the training program at Fine Art Bartending... Read more

Long Island Iced Tea

A Rowdy and Boisterous Cocktail The Long Island Iced Tea has it’s roots set all the way back in the early 1920’s… Prohibition Days. This was a cocktail mixed up with pretty much anything they had behind the bar and sweetened up with some maple syrup. Prohibition did bring us some pretty awesome and creative... Read more

Alabama Slammer

What is an Alabama Slammer? The Alabama Slammer is not a jail in the south, it is an cocktail invented at the University of Alabama way back in 1975. Also known as a the Southern Slammer, this nutty and bourbon flavoured liqueur cocktail is almost concocted as a morning hangover cure… mainly due to the citrus mix. That tangy... Read more

Wine Terminology

Below is a section of wine specific descriptors that we have kept in the back of our textbook for years now. Students that come through our bartending course spend a day going over some wine service basics and get a crash course in varietals. To become an expert in wine takes a lifetime, with a... Read more

Wine Terminology Part 2

A wine may have strong earthy or musty notes depending on when and where it was grown. We have the middle part of our extensive list of terms commonly used to describe wine below. If you want to expand your wine knowledge, have a quick read and find out how words you already knew have... Read more

Wine Terminology Part 3

Wine is complex, and truly needs to be appreciated with both your senses of smell and taste. Have a read through the last of our wine terminology section to understand more of the language sommeliers and wine connoisseurs throughout the world use when describing the alluring beverage. Part 1 (“Acid” to “Dry”)       ... Read more

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