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January 5, 2019

A few years ago Collectif 1806 asked me to speak on bar management as part of their educational series. I liked the idea, as most presentations in this industry are focused on bartending, spirit categories, cocktail history and technique, etc, but not enough is done on...

December 11, 2017

“…where the best course for you to pursue, will be to put your feet into the hottest water you can bear, and take a glass of scalding rum and butter after you get into bed.” - Hard Times, Dickens.

There is a familiarity with the words hot buttered rum, it seems to have...

November 30, 2017

The “missing link” of the gin evolution has to be the ‘Old Tom’ category. With the re-introduction of Hayman’s and Ransom gins a few years ago, the link has finally been found along with the tale of Old Tom.
 
The story of gin begins in Holland where the Dutch, who wer...

June 18, 2017

House Made Lime Cordial

By Peter Vestinos, The BarMedic

Create a delicious lime cordial for cocktails while recycling day-old juice.

We all want to use as fresh of juice as possible for cocktail service, and we prepare for service based on known reservations and past tren...

December 18, 2016

When I opened Michael Jordan's Steak House in Chicago, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile shopping district in 2011, I had come back from San Francisco on a three month consulting stint. I had become accustomed to my life in the City by the Bay and all of its pleasur...

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June 8, 2018