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We were in Mexico a few months ago, when I got back I had an e-mail in my inbox asking if I would be interested in making drinks at The Stop Night Market. Last year the event was such a hit that this year they held it over two nights. I was scheduled for night number two and was asked to come up with a cocktail using Meukow cognac.
If you aren’t aware, traditionally, cognac is associated with colder climates. Consumed after hearty meals in front of fires on bear skin rugs or sitting in terrifically ornate, throne-like chairs.  Working this delicious cognac into a summer time drink was a challenge.

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Meukow in particular is very oak heavy so mixing it with other spirits works well, but going juicy is not so simple. When we were in Mexico in April, though, I remembered Jamaica (ha-MIKE-ah) being a floral, bitter syrup that was added to soda or water to make a nice refreshing drink but with some round character to it. BINGO! I made 5 litres of syrup using dried Jamaica flowers and added some lemon juice and a healthy dose of cognac. There we are, a lemonade, but not over sweet or sour and nicely rounded by the afformentioned woodsy overtones. When the event was over (we ran out in about an hour and 15 minutes) I had about 3 litres of the syrup left over, so we ran it as a special at Bar Isabel and we ran out there too. I guess I found a winner. Even though I never properly came up with a name. After the night market myself and a handful of friends headed to Pharmacy where some of my best friends, got very creative with my coasters.

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A few other things:

1. The new Black Sabbath record is not bad. I had my doubts about it, but it sounds like pretty classic sabbath, just with modern production.

2. I am planning on doing some more competitions in the next little while.

3. If you work for a liquor company and need a hand at any of your events, please call me.

4. I am just stocking up on bar supplies to start running my beginners course on a regular basis. If you are (still) interested, hit me up.

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This is not a sidecar. It’s the Scooter. Clever, right? I replaced the cognac with pisco, I replaced the cointreau with maraschino, I replaced the lemon juice with guava juice, I added some Boker’s Bitters and a shook it and served it straight up, with a cherry. This one went over really well at the Gwai Lo Pop Up. I wanted something that the guests at Sen5es that order cosmos and kamikazis like it’s 1993 would not be afraid of.  Also, it’s part of my dipping my toe into the Tiki puddle.

April 8th I will be doing a workshop for any of my friends that are starting to get into cocktails, or have been bartending for a while now and realized that they aren’t sure what’s built and what’s shaken. Several people have asked me about this, so here’s your chance. Monday April 8th from 1-4(ish) at Rock Lobster, I will be making drinks and explaining how drinks are made in relation to the ones that I make. It will cost you $30 to attend (which is pretty cheap I feel) but I am limiting it to ten people. So, head to the “contact” section of the blog if you are interested. Peace!

Photo: Jessica Blaine Smith

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