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Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

Skagway Spirits Distillery officially opened last June 22 in Skagway, Alaska offering its customers a family-run experience tasting vodka and gin. However, proposed changes to liquor regulations led to some required adaptations to how the... Read more


Dark And Stormy

Miche Genest

Here’s a tip for you travelling cocktail lovers: not everyone shares your love. Your hosts may not have the stocked liquor cabinet and pantry shelves filled with syrups and bitters to which you have grown accustomed. You do not want to burden them Read more

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The Manzana Branch

Miche Genest

I have a Cocktail Confidante to whom I turn when I need inspiration or advice. He is an amateur beverage scientist who approaches his subject with the curiosity, passion and dedication of a Marie Curie or Frederick Banting. Read more

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Courtesy of Miche Genest

The Old Fashioned takes us right back to the beginning of the history of cocktails. In 1806 a reader wrote to the editor of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a newspaper published in Hudson, New York from 1801-1807, asking about the meaning... Read more



Issue: 2015-07-02 PHOTO: MIche Genest

In New York, speakeasy-style bars are all the rage. Dark, guarded by doormen or hidden behind a “front” establishment like a hot dog stand or a drugstore, these modern shrines to the cocktail recall the thrill of illicit drinking during Prohibition. Read more


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Issue: 2015-06-18 Photo: Miche Genest

A Whitehorse friend recently told me about a useful book called The Gin and Tonic Gardener, by Janice Wells, a gardener and newspaper columnist in St. John’s, whose thesis is there is no gardening problem so large that it cannot be solved by a gin... Read more



Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Miche Genest

I first encountered Campari in 1980 at a hotel bar on Alonissos, a small island in the North Sporades group of islands in the Aegean sea, halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki. Camparisoda was the favourite beverage of a group of northern... Read more



Issue: 2015-05-07 PHOTO: Miche Genest

There was fog hugging the ground at La Guardia Airport. Flights had been cancelled all day. My companions and I sat in Ottawa, checking the board and watching our fl ight get delayed. We sipped Pinot Grigio. We ate nachos. Finally, finally, ... Read more



Issue: 2015-04-02 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

“I don’t know if I want to give away the secret,” says Tytus Hardy, when I ask about the name of the new cocktail bar he and co-owner James Maltby are about to open. “It was a joke I had. It’s about fall and keeping warm in the winter. Read more

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Issue: 2015-03-26 PHOTO: Miche Genest

Last holiday season I cajoled members of my family into forming teams and entering a contest, invented by me, entitled, “The First Annual Shake-off, Stiroff Cocktail Competition,” to be held on Christmas day just prior to dinner. Read more

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