Phuket Ginger Colada

by Raul Faria The Phuket Ginger Colada is my entry in this year’s Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year competition. It is inspired by the use of ginger in Thai cooking along with the combination of sweet, sour and salty, plus the freshness that is also a common strand in Thai food. The spirits I chose […]

São Paulo Sling

by Raul Faria The São Paulo sling was created for the BACKBAR USA Christmas party and was inspired by the flavor notes found in Leblon Cachaca and of course the cocktail classic Singapore Sling. Much like what is found in the flavor profile of the aforementioned original, I wanted a fun tropical cocktail that was easy […]

Bitter Betty

by Raul Faria The Bitter Betty was created for the “Last Slinger Standing” cocktail competition being held at this year’s Arizona Cocktail week feb 14-21. It’s a really exciting event and a good excuse to check out the great state of Arizona plus you get to try some fantastic cocktails while immersing yourself in the […]

Garden Smash

by Raul Faria The Garden Smash was my entry into the Maison Leblon World Cup competition with the Grand Prize being a trip to Brazil and the World Cup. We were tasked with creating a cocktail featuring Leblon Cachaca and a “creative entry”. Leblon’s guidelines on the creative entry were pretty loose but some of […]

Port Royal Ginger Peach

by Raul Faria I recently got the opportunity to work for the Captain. Captain Morgan. Now it wasn’t so much looting, pillaging or sailing (although it was technically on a boat…sorta). I was tasked by the Captain himself to create three cocktails for a party at Cleopatra’s Barge Bar inside Caesars Palace (see, technically a boat). We are […]

The Nanban Cocktail

by Raul Faria The Nanban Cocktail was my entry in the Bols Around the World 2013 cocktail competition. We were challenged to create an iconic cocktail. So I chose to represent an iconic moment in history. My inspiration was the Nanban Trade which was the first European contact with Japanese by Portuguese sailors in 1543 soon […]

Cherry Tomato Cocktail

by Raul Faria The Cherry Tomato cocktail is my entry in this year’s Absolut Best Bloody Mary Contest. I chose to utilize the color, the sweetness and the vegetal character of the yellow cherry tomato to try and create an original take on the Bloody Mary. The best Bloody Marys always have citrus, spice, salt, […]

The Missionary Proposition

by Raul Faria The Missionary Proposition was named after the liqueur Benedictine, which brings to mind images of Benedictine Monks working on healing potions of different herbs and flowers. Wait… what did you think that name meant? Get your mind out of the gutter! The name is a fun double entendre and the cocktail itself […]

Breakfast on the Rocks

by Raul Faria I created Breakfast in the Rocks for the Rock and Roll cocktail competition put on by Dewars Highlander Honey, Cocktail City Las Vegas and Hyde Nightclub at the Bellagio. I was inspired by the honey flavor I found in the Dewars Highlander Honey and was especially impressed at how smooth and subdued the […]

Canale Spritz

by Raul Faria The Canale Spritz is named after Canale, Italy; where Frangelico is produced. The Canale Spritz is also an aperitif cocktail, which is typically a dry and/or bitter cocktail enjoyed before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Frangelico is not normally associated with the words dry and bitter but I found its characteristic […]

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