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Bartenders: How to Save Your Hands from Bar Rot!

It’s safe to say that any job that requires your hands to be in contact with water and cleaning agents frequently can increase your risk of developing unpleasant skin conditions. However, people working in the food and beverage industry can be especially susceptible due to repeatedly working with acidic ingredients such as citrus and other fruit juices.

These skin conditions can range from mild to serious, but it’s important to protect your skin because all can be uncomfortable and troublesome. One of the worst-case situations known as phytophotodermatitis (or “The Margarita Burn”), occurs when overexposure to citrus juices causes the skin to develop hypersensitivity to sunlight. This can result in painful burns when the skin is exposed to the sun’s rays!

Another skin condition that you can run the risk of developing is a bacterial/fungal infection called Paronychia, A.K.A “Bar Rot”. Paronychia appears first as inflammation around the nails, but in serious cases it can lead to detachment of the entire nail and require antibiotics for treatment.

If you want to find out the best ways you can protect your skin and prevent these conditions, check out the products top-rated by Bartenders around the world here! >>>

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For the First Time Ever, Disneyland Will Serve Booze!

That’s right… for the first time in the 63 years it’s been open, you’ll be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in Disneyland! The park is currently developing an entirely new Star Wars themed land known as “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” that will be opening in 2019. And everyone knows you can’t have Star Wars land without the infamous cantina…

Guests of the park will be able to visit “Oga’s Cantina”, and enjoy out-of-this-world drinks made using exotic ingredients, “otherworldly methods”, and served in unconventional vessels, along with musical entertainment.

If you’ve ever wished you could visit the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina from the classic films, it looks like this will be your best chance! But until then… you can read more about this new development and find some at-home Star Wars inspired drink recipes here! >>>

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Could Your Drink Taste Different Depending on Where You Drink It?

Have you ever been on a vacation where you enjoyed a glass of wine so much that you decided to bring a bottle back with you, only to be disappointed that it doesn’t taste as good as you remember when you drink it at home?

If so, then you’ve experienced what scientists are calling the Provençal RosĂ© Paradox. The theory is that our brains formulate our perception of an experience with two distinct processes. The first process is recognizing what’s happening through analyzing sensory input, for example this could mean recognizing the fact that you’re drinking a glass of red wine. The second is higher-level processing that’s linked to personal concepts, expectations, past experiences, etc…

This higher-level processing causes us to associate our perceived enjoyment of a sensory experience with more than strictly sensory input. More simply put, this is what causes us to believe that in a particular moment or setting, we enjoy something more or less than we actually do once that moment or setting changes.

Gastrophysicist Professor Charles Spence is one of the pioneers behind this science, and his research explores the unique effect our environment and mood can have on our perception of taste. “We all think we can ignore the ‘everything else’—the lighting, background music, even glassware,” he says. “And yet a growing body of scientific research shows that all of these extrinsic factors influence what we taste and how much we enjoy the experience…Ultimately, we always drink somewhere, and wherever we drink, there are contextual environmental cues that can influence the experience. Our mood can change how things taste,” says Spence. “I don’t think you can ever ignore the environment.”

 

Want to read more details about this phenomenon and Professor Spence’s research? Click here! >>>

 

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Have You Tried a “Nocktail”?

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the presentation and flavour complexity of a hand-crafted cocktail, but without the effects of the alcohol? Welcome to the world of “Nocktails” or “Mocktails”.

These beverages share a sense of sophistication with their alcoholic counterparts, but lack the addition of actual liquor. Nocktail recipes typically combine various juices, syrups, fresh ingredients, sodas, and even non-alcoholic/simulated spirits to provide the consumer with a complex and diversely flavoured, non-alcoholic beverage alternative to traditional soft drinks.

Due to a growing demand specifically among Generation X and Millenial populations, the range of non-alcoholic/simulated spirits on the market is increasing. A brand called “Stryyk” has just launched 2 new zero-proof distilled spirits in the UK, Stryyk “Not Gin” and Stryyk “Not Rum”.

Stryyk claims their zero-proof spirits contain “all of the spirit, with none of the alcohol”, and both varieties also contain zero sugar, zero fat, zero carbs, and zero artificial flavours. Unique from it’s competitors in the non-alcoholic sector, Stryyk claims their spirits provide intense flavour profiles that make them a satisfying alternative to alcohol when served neat or added to a Nocktail.

You can read more about Stryyk and view a couple of Nocktail recipes they’ve crafted to pair perfectly with their zero-proof spirits here! >>> 

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Would You Try the World’s Deadliest Cocktail?

Hirezake, “The Poisonous Cocktail” 

Hirezake is an interesting cocktail that’s little known outside of Japan. Made from the infamously poisonous Fugu fish (also known as the Puffer fish or Blowfish), this risky beverage is prepared by charring dried Fugu tail on a grill and steeping it in hot sake. The ancient savoury beverage is said to be rich in umami flavour and it’s very popular in Japan during the winter months.

Although the drink is significantly less popular outside of Japan, you can order Hirezake at a small number of American restaurants that are serving it. But beware, because consuming Fugu that’s not expertly prepared can kill you!

Due to the fact that the fish contains toxins that are hundreds of times more poisonous than cyanide, chefs must obtain a special license verifying that they possess the skill required to properly clean and serve the fish. On top of that, any restaurant looking to serve Fugu fish must also obtain a license verifying it’s safe for consumption.

Are you brave enough to try this dicey Japanese delicacy? Read more! >>>

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Drinking in Public: A Recipe for Prosperity or Disaster?

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

When it comes to drinking in public, the rules haven’t always been the way they are today.
But in cities like New Orleans, Louisiana, the laws regarding drinking in public have remained very different than they currently are throughout the majority of North America.

It’s not uncommon to see someone walking down the street in New Orleans with a drink in hand, and it’s a policy most local residents hold near and dear to their hearts. Although New Orleans is perhaps the most recognized destination with an open alcohol policy, it’s not the only place where you can take your beer to-go.

A small number of other cities across the U.S. like Butte, Montana and Erie, Pennsylvania also allow open alcohol to be carried through most of the city. More and more cities are looking to get on board with the trend moving forward, in an effort to boost local economies. However, not too long ago it was actually legal to drink in public throughout most of the U.S.

It wasn’t until the 1970s that countries and cities began to outlaw public drinking due to it’s association with rowdy and disruptive behaviour. Meanwhile, this wasn’t the case in New Orleans where the 1960s saw the rise of “window hawking”, when clubs would sell alcohol in to-go cups through a window. Residents of the city claim the overall atmosphere is more open and friendly because drinking in public is allowed.

As for places like Erie, Pennsylvania, the open alcohol policy has reinvigorated the community. Businesses depend on the alcohol sales to help support the local economy, and public drinking laws are imperative to the success of local festivals and street parties that stimulate the economy during the summer by increasing Erie’s popularity as a tourist destination.

What are your thoughts on drinking alcohol in public? Would it cause too much of an increase in drunk and disorderly behaviour, or could it be a viable source of economic development? Read more>>>

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Australian Whisky: Rising Through The Ranks

 

Starward Distillery in Melbourne, Australia

 

As you may or may not already know, a growing number of countries around the world are entering the global whisky market and creating competition for the long-established brands we know and love. Australia happens to be one of the countries that’s quickly making it’s mark on the whisky scene, with more than 120 distilleries currently listed there.

Sullivan’s Cove is one of the oldest and most renowned Australian whisky distilleries, founded in 1994 with a focus on creating entirely Australian whisky from locally sourced Tasmanian barley and water. Since then Sullivan’s Cove has rapidly emerged into the industry, winning numerous awards over the years including an award for “World’s Best Single Malt” in 2014 at the World Whiskies Awards.

Many other Australian distilleries are hopeful about expanding into worldwide markets in the near future. Starward Distillery (pictured above) is another globally recognized Australian whisky brand with a strong focus on exports to Western markets. Other Australian whiskies to keep an eye out for in the future include Hellyers Road, Limeburners, and Nant.

Does this mean we’ll see Australian whisky break through into the Western market and compete with some of our all-time favourite brands?  Read more >>>

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Sazerac Distillery Collapses

 

Sazerac and Buffalo Trace Distillery Collapses

Sazerac and Buffalo Trace Distillery Collapses

The next time you order a Sazerac cocktail, it may be a little more expensive, as the 1792 Barton Distillery RackHouse collapsed damaging 18,000 barrels of the 20,000 barrel storage. With up to 90% of the stock of Sazerac Whisky and Buffalo Trace Whisky damaged 2 collapses (June  22nd and July 4th) the question is, will the distillery recover?  Read More>>>

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BartenderOne helps Pilots Friend achieve a $100K investment from Dragons Den

Not just an energy drink, an all natural bittersweet beverage with NO CRASH!

Not just an energy drink, an all natural bittersweet beverage with NO CRASH!

 

BartenderOne Performance Bartenders were asked to help in a Dragons Den Pitch for Pilots Friend Beverages, and in unprecedented fashion, 3 of the Dragons aligned to work out a deal for 7% equity each, to help build this brand.  A big part of the pitch was the beverage presentation, use of fire, and flair technique to make an impact on the Dragons and to reinforce the quality of the Pilots Friend brand.  BartenderOne was proud to be a part of this successful pitch!

 

Click on the image above to see the Pilots Friend pitch on Dragons Den.  BartenderOne and its staff congratulate Pilots Friend and wish them the best of success in their future partnership!

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GIFT CARDS

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Any 3 Workshops Available with your Gift Card:

 

Breaking the Ice:

Have you ever wanted to treat your friends to a great cocktail at your house party? Or, are you up for a job where you can GET PAID TO PARTY? Then, this is for YOU! This introductory workshop will give you a taste of what mixing drinks is all about. You will learn from some of the Top Bartenders in the Canadian Mixology and nightlife scene… the secrets of how to make a great cocktail for friends, or shake and stir your way to into a fantastic new line of work!

Get Into The Spirit:

One of the most common questions asked of a bartender is “What do you Recommend”? This seminar will show you how to create custom cocktails in each of the five main spirit categories: Vodka, Rum, Gin, Whiskey and Tequila. Each cocktail is guaranteed to satisfy your guests’ unique taste and preferences. This is the science of mixology. Practicing behind a real bar, you will be creating the most asked for drinks with focus on efficient and accurate service. You are already on your way to mastering the hottest cocktails of today and tomorrow.

Buena Barista Coffee Workshop:

Have you ever wished you could create gourmet coffee beverages like the Barista do at Starbucks and Second Cup? This hands on tasting workshop will teach you the secrets to pulling the perfect shot of Espresso and techniques to help you create mouth watering micro-foam. Pour perfect Lattes, Cappuccinos, Macchiatos, Americanos, as well as learning dozens of recipes for European coffee delicacies.

Craft Beer Workshop:

In a nation of beer drinkers, it’s amazing that so few people really know how to serve beer properly. BartenderOne provides the ultimate in Craft Beer sampling and training with the Beer 101 Workshop. In one convenient 3 hour session, you will learn the differences between lagers and ales and which beers go best with certain foods so you can give your guests the best service!

 

PLUS SO MANY MORE…

 

Note*** December 25th Registration/Class Date is for Gift Card Purchase Only.***
Classes can be scheduled anytime in 2018. Gift Card Value Never Expires.

Gift Cards will be emailed to the address in the Registration Field within 48 hours of purchase.

 

 

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