Each city’s cocktail scene has its own unique idiosyncrasies and defining characteristics, but the basics of service, standards and hospitality throughout the world are universal. Alex Kratena, head bartender at The Langham’s Artesian cocktail bar in London, will cover those bases as well as demonstrate mixing techniques and recipes at two events at Bond, at Boston’s Langham Hotel, on March 31 and April 1.
Last week, the annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic visited New York City. Spanning May 17-21 and 67 local venues, MCC celebrates spirits and showcases the talents of the city’s best mixologists. Metro visited the fourth annual celebration to discover some of the top trends and most popular recipes that our vibrant drinkers’ paradise has to offer. Here are five recurring themes from among the 87 featured drinks at this year’s event.
With so many bars turning their attention to the craft of the quality cocktail, it can be easy to assume that the concept has saturated the bar market. That’s not true, sadly, and, depending on where you live, it can be hard to track down a well-made cocktail in your neighborhood. There’s no reason why you have to actually leave the house to drink in style, however. A new online teaching program called Drink Skool, from some of the most respected names in the beverage industry, cuts out the middle-man, and gives you the basics on how to turn your own bar into a craft cocktail haven.