Meet Candelaria’s Ivan Avellaneda, Psychologist-Turned-Bar Manager

You can’t talk about agave spirits in Paris without referencing Candelaria.  It’s not only a bar that places consistently in the World’s 50 Best Bars and turns out a wide range of craft cocktails, but it was also a forerunner in the Latin American food and drink trends that we are now seeing more of […]

Meet Sangrita, Tequila’s Lesser Known Sidekick

Thought lime and salt were tequila’s BFF’s? Think again. For something that enhances the experience rather than just shocking the senses with down-in-one shots, try a more traditional sangrita/tequila combo.  Sangrita is a non-alcoholic juice based companion shot to be consumed by alternating sips with a separate serving of tequila. Sangrita’s origins are somewhat murky […]

La Commune: A Convivial New Punch Bar from Le Syndicat

Even with a centuries long pedigree, punch has quietly endured less popular periods as well as stalwartly suffered abuse from the collage crowd. Fortunately, over the past decade, Punch has resurfaced (with a capital “P”!) to regain a position as a serious drinks category and serve as a source of inspiration on the cocktail scene. […]

What We Learned and What We Loved at Paris Cocktail Week

Last month, Paris successfully pulled off its 3rd annual Paris Cocktail Week. From 21 through 28 January over fifty bars participated with brand specific drinks specials (one cocktail and one non-alcoholic cocktail) and various spirits related events were held all over the city. My favorite moment from this year’s PCW was the “Revolutionary Italiens” dinner […]

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