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The Classic Martini

The History of the Classic Martini The true origin of the martini is draped in mystery! There are differing arguments as to who was the first to create the Classic Martini. Many who claim to have created the first Martini have varying recipes and names, but no version exactly fits the Martini recipe that we know today. The modern day Dry Martini consists... Read more

Bourbon and Water

Bourbon and Water has been around since the beginning of Bourbon Whisky, going all the way back to the early 1800′s. You can imagine those initial high proof spirits may have needed a little watering down to be a bit more palatable for those with more sensitive tastes. Adding a splash of water doesn’t just... Read more

Amarosa Cocktail

History Of The Amarosa Cocktail The Amarosa Cocktail was invented in the 1930′s by H. Losappio.  This gin-based cocktail is a bitter and complicated cocktail, created during in a part of the world famous for their amaros. Italian bartenders have been serving up Campari and Aperol spritzers for centuries now. Afternoon guests may not always want an espresso,... Read more

Irish Spring Cocktail

The Irish Spring cocktail is nothing related to that overly fragrant soap. We don’t expect you to be bathing in this cocktail, however after a few too many it is always possible you might also be running naked through waterfalls. This is another cocktail with very little background to document it’s arrival and popularity. We... Read more

Beer Cocktail

Really, a beer cocktail? Beer can have a few modifications done to it as well. We know there are a pile of different beers out there, but sometimes your guests just aren’t in the mood for a beer by itself. Over the course of your serving, or drinking, career you have probably encountered some odd... Read more

Lemon Drop Cocktail

The lemon drop cocktail is a very sweet and sour cocktail.  It became popular around the 70′s in California.  Today, the lemon drop cocktail or martini is one of western Canada and USA‘s favourite drinks. Where the Lemon Drop Cocktail Came From The drink was created at a now long passed bar once called Henry Africa’s in San Francisco USA.  The creator of this cocktail was a... Read more


History Of The Margarita Cocktail The margarita has had its’ ups and downs in popularity. Tequila continues to be one of the most misunderstood of all spirits. The spirit has been with us in Canada for only a little more than half a century. We have have what appears to be infinite variations of Tequila. Tequila shot... Read more

The Slow Screw (aka: Sloe Screw)

The Sloe Screw, also conveniently misspelled as a Slow Screw, is a fun little cocktail. The reason for the semi inappropriate name of the drink comes from the fact that the drink uses a healthy dose of Sloe Gin. Adding that sloe-berry flavoured gin to your standard vodka and orange screwdriver, and you have a... Read more

Porn Star Cocktail

The Porn Star cocktail can be served in a highball glass or as a different type of martini. This recipe is also popularly served as a shot. We will cover both options here, since we do cover both recipes in our bartending classes. There are a couple conflicting recipes on the web, but the traditional... Read more

Cherry Hooker

History Of The Cherry Hooker Cocktail: The Cherry Hooker has a bit of a lewd name for a cocktail. This of course isn’t much different than the name of the Porn Star cocktail or the variety of shots a nightclub might put on special. There doesn’t seem to be much of a history for this cocktail,... Read more

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