Ganbei! Interview with Derek Sandhaus

by Raul Faria During Tales of the Cocktail last year one seminar sold out fast, really fast. It was the first seminar to sell out and it wasn’t gin, bourbon, Japanese whiskey, it was all about baijiu. Thankfully we got the chance to speak with Derek Sandhaus of the blog 300 Shots at Greatness and […]

For the Love of Cocktails

By Raul Faria For the Love of Cocktails was one of the biggest, most fun events in Las Vegas I’ve ever taken part in and this year it is going to be even bigger with seminars featuring world renowned mixologists like host Tony Abou Ganim, Dale Degroff, Francesco Lafranconi and Bridget Albert, Meet the MGM […]

Mango Curry Collins

By Raul Faria I created the Mango Curry Collins, featuring Absolut Mango, for a new restaurant opening in Las Vegas. It is inspired by the Vodka Collins and the flavors of Southeast Asia. This is a fun, tangy cocktail with just a touch of savory from the super easy to make curry syrup and the Sriracha. […]

Cocktail Thyme

By Raul Faria Cocktail Thyme was created for Chef Scott Conant’s restaurant Scarpetta inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. It features Absolut Craft Smokey Tea and Campari along with a honey and lemon to create an Aperitif style Sour. I wanted to play off the freshness and savory herbs that are utilized in authentic Italian […]

Amazonarita

by Raul Faria The Amazonarita is my entry in this year’s Margarita Festival. It was inspired by my recent trip to Brazil. I chose Çedilla, an açai liqueur as my modifier and my sweet is a reduction of the incredibly popular, in Brazil, Guarana soda with a little agave. The 16 teams of Mixologists were […]

Don Q Gran Anejo

by Raul Faria While Don Q may not be the first name that jumps to mind when people hear “Puerto Rican rum” the company points out that it actually outsells any other brand of rum on the Island and is actually headquartered in Peurto Rico for almost 150 years. Destilaria Serrallés that produces Don Q is a family run company going back six […]

Cigarettes & Roses

by Raul Faria Cigarettes & Roses was created for the “Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition”, which tasked us to create a cocktail that had a story and could be inspired by, well, anything really. The sky was the limit. I chose the “Biker’s Girl” character from the Lana Del Rey video “Ride”. The girl […]

Woodford County Cooler

by Raul Faria Check out my original cocktail the “Woodford County Cooler” featuring Woodford Reserve. This cocktail was served at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for AFAN’s the Black and White Party. AFAN “provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada”. It’s a great cause and […]

Little Water and the Modern Mixologist

by Raul Faria Vodka, once the darling of the American bartending world from the late 70’s to the early 2000’s due to its versatility is now mostly relegated to $500 bottle service or an afterthought to be mixed with red bull by those not familiar with the spirit’s subtle flavors. Still immensely popular by the […]

Live Love Leblon

by Raul Faria I received the opportunity to visit the Leblon Cachaça distillery in beautiful Patos de Minas, Brazil. Leblon Cachaça has been a favorite spirit of mine for a long time and we’ve used it in many of our most popular recipes like the Garden Smash and Suika Caipirinha. It has a big fresh flavor with […]

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