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The Art of the Preparation

The Art of the Preparation

by David Klemt

Overhead view of chef slicing and chopping ingredients

Chef Brian Duffy‘s take on preparation and its overall impact on the guest experience extends to every aspect of operations.

In one sentence during his 2023 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago cooking demo, Chef Duffy sums up the power of the proper mindset.

“The art of the preparation creates the experience,” says Chef Duffy.

Now, he was preparing plant-based shrimp from New Wave Foods at the time. After preparing a pan, the revered chef was readying a pound of FABI Award-winning New Wave Shrimp for Duffified Shrimp Fried Rice.


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When making this dish, Chef Duffy chops roughly half the New Wave Shrimp in half. He does so to enhance the dish’s texture, and therefore the guest experience. Additionally, Chef Duffy likes to toast basmati rice before adding it to the pan with the shrimp and vegetables.

Again, Chef Duffy shared his view on the guest experience when cutting animal-alternative shrimp (the product is made with sustainable seaweed and mung bean).


Okay, so what does slicing or chopping shrimp have to do with the guest experience? It’s the attention to what others may consider a tiny detail. In fact, some may deem important details “optional.”

Whether front-of-house, back-of-house, or back office, everyone’s mindset matters. How one views their role and how they approach their responsibilities impacts every element of a restaurant, bar, nightclub, or hotel’s success.

Choosing to halve half the shrimp because it will deliver a better experience speaks volumes. It’s a commitment to perfect the “small” details so every guest walks away wanting to return.

If an operator wants to know if they have a chef or an executive chef, this is one way to tell. Is the chef teaching their brigade? Guiding them? Implementing policies around preparation? Or are they just punching the clock, making sure the rest of the team shows up, and sending out food that’s “good enough”?

Operators can apply versions of those questions to every role in the house, including their own. Is their pride in preparing every element of service and operation? Or is the team just muddling through each shift?

There are no Small Details

Interestingly, most guests likely won’t ever be aware of every detail operators and their teams get right. However, they will feel every choice each team member makes. They may not know precisely what goes right, but they take home with them that their visit was exceptional.

Pulling the threads tighter separates operators and their brands from one another. Guests can get a bite and a drink anywhere. They reward outstanding service and experiences with their time and money.

It’s a simple equation to understand: Operators want to create an army of loyal guests, guests expect exceptional experiences. The operators who deliver on guest expectations are rewarded with loyalty.

Chef Duffy isn’t “just” slicing shrimp. He’s not “just” toasting rice. Chef’s not “just” making “the world’s most perfect dippy egg.” In reality, he’s ensuring every decision he, his teams, and his clients make enhance the guest experience exponentially.

There are no small details. There are no small decisions. The art of the preparation, as Chef Duffy says, creates the experience. Indeed, preparation also separates the mediocre from the exceptional.

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5 Books to Read this Month: May 2023

5 Books to Read this Month: May 2023

by David Klemt

Flipping through an open book

Our engaging and informative May book selections will take your front and back of house to the next level, and help develop your leadership skills.

To review the book recommendations from April 2023, click here.

Let’s jump in!

Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want

This is one of three books KRG Hospitality’s Jennifer Radkey read in February. It’s the sequel to a book titled Contagious Culture, which we featured last month.

From Amazon: “For anyone who’s sought to create change, or felt sucked into the drama and chaos of a toxic work environment, this book will advance the notion that everyone at an organization is a leader—for good or for bad—and that leaders have tremendous power to influence those who follow their example. The quality of our leadership is based upon our intentions, energy, and presence. By emphasizing authorship, self-care, and response-ability (not responsibility) as leadership skills and therefore cultural amplifiers, Contagious You shows you how to walk the path of more effective leadership while navigating the road blocks in your way. Whether these road blocks are working with negative co-workers with secret agendas and unrealistic expectations, or just the general ‘busyness’ of life and its excessive demands, this book will take you on a journey to create more space, more courageous leadership, and stronger collaboration to influence others and create the impact you desire.”

Grab this book today: click here.

Chef’s PSA: Culinary Leadership Fundamentals

If Chef’s PSA sounds familiar, that’s probably because it’s a series of four books. We included another book in the series, How Not to be the Biggest Idiot in the Kitchen, last December in our last book roundup of 2022.

Culinary Leadership Fundamentals is intended to prepare chefs to lead a brigade. It’s one thing to know how to prepare food; it’s another to know how to be the leader in the kitchen. Of course, this book is also full of valuable information for owners and operators. After all, they should know how their chef is approaching their role.

From Amazon: “When you become a Chef for the first time you may be put in a position where you know how to cook but not how to lead and manage. This book will teach you everything you need to know to become a Chef Leader in the kitchen. From how to manage costs, build a team, market yourself and overcome adversity. This is the book every Chef needs if they want a competitive edge in running a successful kitchen.”

Pick it up today!

Southern Cooking, Global Flavors

Chef Kenny Gilbert’s journey through the culinary world is epic. By the age of seven he had shown such an interest in the art of BBQ that his father bought him his first grill, a small Weber. After high school he moved from his hometown to Cleveland to attend the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute. After graduation, Chef Gilbert entered into an apprenticeship at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, in Florida. By age 23, Chef Gilbert earned the role of Chef de Cuisine. He has also opened restaurants and led the culinary programs at restaurants and hotel properties not only throughout Florida but also Colorado, Georgia, throughout the Caribbean, France, Japan, and Spain. Oh, and there was Chef Gilbert’s Top Chef season seven appearance, plus the development of his own line of spices and rubs.

His newly released book features 100 recipes that put international spins on southern classics. Pick up Southern Cooking, Global Flavors today!

The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts

We’ve addressed the need to compliment your cocktail menu with a dedicated ice program. This book, available now for pre-order, is from world-renowned cocktail and spirits writer Camper English. Not only does it include easy-to-follow instructions for you and your bar team to elevate your cocktail program, from full-proof to zero-ABV drinks. The Ice Book, then, is aptly titled—it’s everything you need to introduce a memorable drinking experience.

From Amazon: “In The Ice Book, internationally renowned cocktail icepert Camper English details how to use directional freezing to make perfectly pure ice in a home freezer, carve it up into giant diamonds and other shapes, and embed it with garnishes, including edible orchids and olives. You’ll learn how to create a frozen bowl for Negroni punch, serve a Manhattan inside an ice sphere, and infuse cubes with colors and flavors to create cranberry cobblers, a color-changing Gin and Tonic, and other awesome drinks.”

The Book of Cocktail Ratios: The Surprising Simplicity of Classic Cocktails

Long-time subscribers to KRG Hospitality’s newsletters and readers of our articles know that I love a controversial take on cocktails. Take, for instance, the origin of the Margarita. Well, the opening sentence from the description for The Book of Cocktail Ratios certainly got my attention.

From Amazon: “Did you know that a Gimlet, a Daiquiri, and a Bee’s Knees are the same cocktail? As are a Cosmopolitan, a Margarita, and a Sidecar. When hosting a party wouldn’t you enjoy saying to your guests, ‘Would you care for a Boulevardier, perhaps, or a Negroni?’ These, too, are the same cocktail, substituting one ingredient for another. Or if you’d like to be able to shake up a batch of whiskey sours for a party of eight in fewer than two minutes, then read on.

As Michael Ruhlman explains, our most popular cocktails are really ratios—proportions of one ingredient relative to the others. Organized around five of our best-known, beloved, classic families of cocktails, each category follows a simple ratio from which myriad variations can be built: The Manhattan, The Gimlet, The Margarita, The Negroni, and the most debated cocktail ever, The Martini.”

This book should provide you and your bar team with a totally different perspective when it comes to drink ratios. Pre-order your copy today!

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TOTCF Names 2023 Spirited Award Honorees

TOTCF Names 2023 Spirited Award Honorees

by David Klemt

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The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has announced the 17th annual Spirited Awards honorees, organized into several regions.

Unless otherwise noted, each award category recognizes ten honorees. Categories include best cocktail bar, best restaurant bar, best hotel bar, best new bar, and best bar team.

Additionally, I have to say that I’m impressed by how the TOTCF further recognized several global regions. There’s the United States, of course, separated into three regions of its own. Then there’s Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Middle East and Africa.

I’m focusing on three specific regions for this article: the US, Canada, and Latin America and the Caribbean. This decision comes from that fact those are KRG Hospitality’s three main areas of operation. But don’t worry, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and Africa: we’re coming for you, too.

To review the list in its entirety, please click here.

Unsurprisingly, Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas (our US headquarters), Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, DC are well represented. However, it’s refreshing to see other markets recognized, such as Portland, Maine, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Montreal, Toronto (our Canadian headquarters), Vancouver do Canada proud, of course.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees! Cheers!

Best US Cocktail Bar: US Central

  • Bordel (Chicago, Illinois)
  • DrinkWell (Austin, Texas)
  • Estereo (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Julep (Houston, Texas)
  • Kiesling (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Manolito (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Nickel City (Austin, Texas)
  • Sparrow (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Sportsman’s Club (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Roosevelt Room (Austin, Texas)

Best US Cocktail Bar: US East

  • Bar Goto (New York, New York)
  • barmini by José Andrés (Washington, DC)
  • Dear Irving Gramercy (New York, New York)
  • Double Chicken Please (New York, New York)
  • Old Glory (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Overstory (New York, New York)
  • Pearl Diver (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Portland Hunt + Alpine Club (Portland, Maine)
  • Serenata (Washington, DC)
  • Service Bar (Washington, DC)
  • Sunken Harbor Club (Brooklyn, New York)

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar: US West

  • Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Century Grand (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Foreign National (Seattle, Washington)
  • Navy Strength (Seattle, Washington)
  • Raised by Wolves (San Diego, California)
  • Rum Club (Portland, Oregon)
  • Thunderbolt (Los Angeles, California)
  • Trick Dog (San Francisco, California)
  • True Laurel (San Francisco, California)
  • Wildhawk (San Francisco, California)
  • Yacht Club (Denver, Colorado)

Best US Restaurant Bar: US Central

  • Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Bakery Bar (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Grey Ghost (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Kumiko (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Lengua Madre (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Maple and Ash (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Margot’s (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Mister Mao (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Monteverde (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Spoon and Stable (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • The Hope Farm (Fairhope, Alabama)
  • The Lounge at MARCH (Houston, Texas)

Best US Restaurant Bar: US East

  • Blossom Bar (Brookline, Massachusetts)
  • Bresca (Washington, DC)
  • Café La Trova (Miami, Florida)
  • COTE Korean Steakhouse (New York, New York)
  • Crown Shy (New York, New York)
  • Gramercy Tavern (New York, New York)
  • Jaguar Sun (Miami, Florida)
  • Macchialina (Miami, Florida)
  • Manhatta (New York, New York)
  • The Grey (Savannah, Georgia)

Best US Restaurant Bar: US West

  • Accomplice Bar (Los Angeles, California)
  • Bar Agricole (San Francisco, California)
  • Bicyclette (Los Angeles, California)
  • Cleaver: Butchered Meats, Seafood & Classic Cocktails (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • L’Oursin (Seattle, Washington)
  • Lolo (San Francisco, California)
  • Palomar (Portland, Oregon)
  • Redbird (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Valentine (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Viridian (Oakland, California)

Best US Hotel Bar: US Central

  • Bar Marilou at the Maison de la Luz (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Catbird at the Thompson Hotel (Dallas, Texas)
  • Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Hot Tin at the Pontchartrain Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Lazy Bird at The Hoxton (Chicago, Illinois)
  • loa at the International House (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Midnight Rambler at The Joule (Dallas, Texas)
  • The Bar at Hotel Zachary (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Elysian Bar at the Hotel Peter and Paul (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Vol. 39 at The Kimpton Gray Hotel (Chicago, Illinois)

Best US Hotel Bar: US East

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel (Washington, DC)
  • Champagne Bar at The Surf Club Miami (Miami, Florida)
  • Dear Irving on Hudson at the Aliz Hotel (New York, New York)
  • El Quijote at Hotel Chelsea (New York, New York)
  • Minibar at The Meridian Hotel (Miami, Florida)
  • Orilla Bar & Grill at the Urbanica the Euclid Hotel (Miami Beach, Florida)
  • Panorama Room at Graduate Hotel Roosevelt Island (New York, New York)
  • Raines Law Room at the William (New York, New York)
  • White Limozeen at The Graduate (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Zou Zou’s at the Pendry Manhattan West (New York, New York)

Best US Hotel Bar: US West

  • Anasazi Bar and Lounge at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
  • ARDOR at The West Hollywood EDITION (West Hollywood, California)
  • Del Rey at Villa Royale (Palm Springs, California)
  • Hey Love at The Jupiter (Portland, Oregon)
  • Legacy Club at Circa (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Little Rituals at the Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Mountaineering Club at the Graduate Seattle Hotel (Seattle, Washington)
  • Overlook Lounge, Aperitifs & Spirits at the Wynn (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Ski Lodge at The Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Best New US Cocktail Bar: US Central

  • Adiós Bar (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Bandista at the Four Seasons (Houston, Texas)
  • Dovetail Bar at the Schaeffer Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • EZ’s Liquor Lounge (Houston, Texas)
  • In Plain Sight (Austin, Texas)
  • Nine Bar (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Penny Drip (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
  • Refuge (Houston, Texas)
  • The Elm (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • The Meadowlark (Chicago, Illinois)

Best New US Cocktail Bar: US East

  • Amazonia (Washington DC)
  • Chez Zou (New York, New York)
  • Church (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Lobby Bar at The Hotel Chelsea (New York, New York)
  • Martiny’s (New York, New York)
  • Marygold’s Brasserie at the Arlo Wynwood (Miami, Florida)
  • Milady’s (New York, New York)
  • Nubeluz at The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad (New York, New York)
  • Swan Room at Nine Orchard (New York, New York)
  • The Danforth (Portland, Maine)
  • The Gibson Room (Miami, Florida)

Best New US Cocktail Bar: US West

  • Baby Gee (Long Beach, California)
  • Capri Club (Los Angeles, California)
  • Dalva (San Francisco, California)
  • For The Record (San Francisco, California)
  • Here Today Brewery & Kitchen (Seattle, Washington)
  • Khla (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Pacific Standard + The Sunset Room at the KEX Portland (Portland, Oregon)
  • The Butterscotch Den (Sacramento, California)
  • The Let’s Go Disco and Cocktail Club (Los Angeles, California)
  • UnderTow (Gilbert, Arizona)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Canada

  • Atwater Cocktail Club (Montreal, Québec)
  • Bar Mordecai (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Bar Pompette (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Civil Liberties (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Cry Baby Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)
  • El Pequeño Bar (Montreal, Québec)
  • Milky Way Cocktail Bar (Montreal, Québec)
  • Mother Cocktail Bar (Toronto, Ontario)
  • The Cloakroom Bar (Montreal, Québec)
  • The Keefer Bar (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ALQUÍMICO (Cartagena, Colombia)
  • Baltra Bar (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Café de Nadie (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Chintoneria (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • El Barón Cafe & Cocktail Bar (Cartagena, Colombia)
  • El Gallo Altanero (Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Handshake Speakeasy (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Las Brujas (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Pocket (San Jose, Costa Rica)
  • Tres Monos (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Best International Restaurant Bar: Canada

  • Aloette (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Bar Kismet (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Honō Izakaya (Québec City, Québec)
  • Kissa Tanto (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Le Majestique (Montreal, Québec)
  • Le Swan French Diner (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Published on Main (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • The Ostrich Club (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Wind Cries Mary (Victoria, British Columbia)

Best International Restaurant Bar: Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ARCA Tulum (Tulum, Mexico)
  • Aruba Day Drinking Bar (Tijuana, Mexico)
  • Casa Prunes (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • COCHINCHINA (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Huset Cocina de Campo (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Lady Bee (Lima, Peru)
  • La Sala de Laura (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Mesa Franca (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • SubAstor (São Paolo, Brazil)
  • Tan Tan (São Paolo, Brazil)

Best International Hotel Bar: Canada

  • 1927 Lobby Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Bar Artéfact at Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel (Québec City, Québec)
  • Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Clive’s Classic Lounge at the Chateau Victoria Hotel (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Clockwork Champagne & Cocktails at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Lobby Lounge and RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Marcus Restaurant + Terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel (Montreal, Québec)
  • Rundle Bar at the Fairmont Banff Springs (Banff, Alberta)
  • The Courtney Room at the Magnolia Hotel (Victoria, British Columbia)

Best International Hotel Bar: Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • BEKEB at the Hotel Casa Hoyos (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
  • Celajes Lounge Bar at Hotel Belmar (Monteverde, Costa Rica)
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Hotel B Relais & Châteaux (Lima, Peru)
  • Mi Amor Bar at the Mi Amor Hotel (Tulum, Mexico)
  • Mezcaleria Gota Gorda at the Boutique Hotel Soiree (Playa Zipolite, Mexico)
  • Mulberry Project at La Zebra Hotel (Tulum, Mexico)
  • Nobu at the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
  • Rum Room at Rosewood Little Dix Bay (British Virgin Islands)
  • Zapote Bar at the Rosewood Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Best New International Cocktail Bar: Canada*

  • Bagheera (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Bar Banane (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Friendlies Bar (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provision (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Sidecar (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Simpl Things (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Stolen Goods (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • The Stock Room (Vancouver, British Columbia)
*8 nominees due to the number of nominations received.

Best New International Cocktail Bar: Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • CATA Agave Bar (Tamarindo, Costa Rica)
  • Comeré (Oaxaca, Mexico)
  • Door No.4 (Georgetown, Cayman Islands)
  • Jardín Tragos y Pasteles (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Juliana (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
  • Library by the Sea at The Kimpton Seafire Resort (Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands)
  • Mamba Negra (Medellín, Colombia)
  • Mulberry Project at Tribu Hostel (Holbox, Mexico)
  • Rayo Cocktail Bar (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Sastreria Martinez (Lima, Peru)

Best US Bar Team: US Central

  • Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • DrinkWell (Austin, Texas)
  • Grey Ghost (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Half Step (Austin, Texas)
  • Lazy Bird at The Hoxton (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Nickel City (Austin, Texas)
  • Porco Lounge & Tiki Bar (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Standby (Detroit, Michigan)
  • The Roosevelt Room (Austin, Texas)
  • Three Dots and a Dash & The Bamboo Room (Chicago, Illinois)

Best US Bar Team: US East

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel (Washington, DC)
  • Attaboy Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Bar Belly (New York, New York)
  • Clover Club (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Double Chicken Please (New York, New York)
  • Hawksmoor (New York, New York)
  • LPM Restaurant & Bar Miami (Miami, Florida)
  • Overstory (New York, New York)
  • Service Bar (Washington, DC)
  • The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club (Nashville, Tennessee)

Best US Bar Team: US West

  • Century Grand (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Happy Accidents (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Highball Cocktail Bar (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Pacific Cocktail Haven (San Francisco, California)
  • Paper Plane (San Jose, California)
  • The Snug (Sacramento, California)
  • True Laurel (San Francisco, California)
  • UnderTow (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Viridian Bar (Oakland, California)
  • Williams & Graham (Denver, Colorado)
  • Yacht Club (Denver, Colorado)

Best International Bar Team: Canada

  • Atwater Cocktail Club (Montreal, Québec)
  • BarChef (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Civil Liberties (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Clive’s Classic Lounge at the Chateau Victoria Hotel (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Dear Friend Bar (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
  • Laowai (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Lobby Lounge and RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Published on Main (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • The Cloakroom Bar (Montreal, Québec)
  • The Keefer Bar (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Best International Bar Team: Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ALQUÍMICO (Cartagena, Colombia)
  • Café de Nadie (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Chintoneria (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • El Barón Cafe & Cocktail Bar (Cartagena, Colombia)
  • Handshake Speakeasy (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Hanky Panky (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Las Brujas (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • La Factoria (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • La Uat (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Tres Monos (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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How to Make a $3,500 Mint Julep

How to Make a $3,500 Mint Julep

by David Klemt

2023 Woodford Reserve Secretariat Julep cups

If you want to craft an incredible $3,500 Mint Julep, the first step is to acquire one of 50 Woodford Reserve gold Secretariat Julep cups.

Now, should $3,500 seem a “bit” exorbitant, you can also opt for one of 100 silver Julep cups for $1,000.

Cup in hand, simply fill it with crushed ice and pour a refreshing Mint Julep over it. Et voilà—a delicious $3,500 or $1,000 Mint Julep!

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what I’m on about. Am I really suggesting you craft thousand-dollar-plus cocktails? I mean…if you have guests who’ll pay that much, yes, I am.

In reality, however, I’m making you aware of this year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep™ charity program. This program is a longstanding Kentucky Derby tradition.

For 2023, the $1,000 Mint Julep™ will benefit the Secretariat Foundation. That makes sense given that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Secretariat winning the Derby.

The foundation, the brainchild of Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, is a non-profit that focuses on equine-related industry subjects, such as:

  • veterinary research into lameness of the horse;
  • Thoroughbred retirement and rehabilitation facilities;
  • therapeutic equestrian programs; and
  • general funding for related established charitable programs.

Silver and Gold

As you probably can put together yourself, there are 150 Secretariat Mint Julep cups available. One hundred are silver, 50 are gold. Respectively, they cost $1,000 and $3,500.

In keeping with this year’s theme of celebrating Secretariat and supporting the horse’s namesake charity, each features blue and white checkered silks in sapphires. The 2023 Mint Julep cups are handmade by Louisville, Kentucky jewelers From the Vault.

Gold 2023 Woodford Reserve Secretariat Mint Julep cup

People who choose to support the charity via purchasing the gold cup will have their name engraved on the bottom of the cup. These cups also come with the autograph of Ron Turcotte, Secretariat’s jockey.

In addition to supporting the charity, people who buy one of the 150 cups will have access to the $1,000 Mint Julep Experience at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. (Which is also where and when buyers must pick up their cups.)

Secretariat’s Mint Julep

Alright, so let’s be more realistic. Only 150 people are going to splash out for the $1,000 or $3,500 Secretariat Mint Julep. And while supporting a charity like the Secretariat Foundation is a great thing to do, people are struggling.

So, below you’ll find the recipe for the Mint Julep variation that those attending the $1,000 Mint Julep Experience will be enjoying. It’s up to you if you want to offer it on Derby Day to raise funds for the Secretariat Foundation or a charity of your choosing. It’s perfectly reasonable to simply offer the refreshing cocktail as a Derby Day LTO.

Pack a Julep cup with crushed ice, making sure to make a dome over the lip of the cup. Add the whiskey and liqueur to a mixing glass and stir. Pour over the prepared cup. Garnish with one sprig of mint and one stalk of Virginia bluebells.

Should you prefer a more traditional build, express the oils of a mint leaf inside the cup. Add the bourbon, chestnut liqueur, and crushed ice. Garnish with more crushed ice, mint, and Virginia bluebells, then serve.

For our most bourbon-centric Bar Hacks podcast episodes—including episode 32 with Woodford Reserve—click here.

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Real-world Menu Tips from Chef Brian Duffy

Real-world Menu Tips from Chef Brian Duffy

by David Klemt

Two restaurant food menus

I wonder what Chef Duffy would say about these menus.

Call it an education session, call it a workshop, one of the best features of the Bar & Restaurant Expo is live menu feedback from Chef Brian Duffy.

This is certainly true of the 2023 Bar & Restaurant Expo. During this year’s BRE (formerly Nightclub & Bar Show, or NCB), Chef Duffy delivered well over two hours of real-world menu feedback.

To be sure, BRE educational programming is always beneficial. Attendees who take the time to plan their schedules to include education sessions will take invaluable tips back to their businesses.

However, watching in real time as Chef Duffy critiques real menus submitted by BRE attendees provides insight that will impact the guest experience and success of a restaurant or bar immediately.

When delivering his feedback, Chef Duffy is unacquainted with the menus. He’s also unfiltered. So, attendees of these sessions are provided a window to Chef Duffy’s professional opinions, on the fly, in real time.

Take, for example, this blunt statement: “If you serve tilapia in your restaurant, you suck.” Before anyone has a conniption, Chef Duffy is referring to unethically farm-raised tilapia that’s often exposed to waste.

Technical Difficulties

Due to unforeseen AV issues, Chef Duffy was unable to use the large screens in the room to review menus for 30 to 40 minutes.

Now, some speakers may be shaken when encountering such a technical difficulty. This isn’t the case for Chef Duffy. In fact, all in attendance from the start of his session were lucky enough to gain insights beyond menu design because of the AV issues.

First, we all gained some insight into Chef Duffy’s consulting process. When engaged for restaurant consultation, he watches an evening service. Next day, he’s in your kitchen at 10:00 AM. What he sees in your kitchen tells him what’s happening throughout your restaurant. By the way, if he encounters just two spelling errors on your menu, he’s done reviewing it—you need a fresh start.

Second, inventory. Chef Duffy assumes you keep eleven percent of your overall revenue on your shelves. So, if you’re generating $100,000 each month, your shelves hold $11,000 of product. When reviewing your financial situation, take a look at that number for your own restaurant or bar.

Third, executive chefs versus head chefs. Chef Duffy has been on the ground for more than 100 restaurant openings. He has interviewed countless chefs. Have you ever wondered about the difference between an executive chef and a head chef? Knowledge of the financial aspects of running a kitchen. Without it, someone’s not an executive chef—they’re a head chef. Executive chefs know (and in theory can be trusted with) finances; head chefs make sure the brigade comes to work on time.

Finally, a cost-reduction tip. When you speak with your food reps, ask about DWO items: “Discontinued When Out.” You may be able to get your hands on some great items for a fraction of the cost.

Pricing Tips

Since we’ve looked at costs, let’s take a look at pricing.

Determining pricing effectively involves more than just gathering intel about your competitors. Chef Duffy suggests looking over your entire menu and committing to a pricing hard deck.

For example, “I’ll never sell a starter for less than X dollars.” You commit to never selling a entree for lower than a certain dollar amount. If you breach that promise, you may damage your brand.

Staying on the topic of pricing, don’t take advantage of your guests. Chef Duffy absolutely believes you can charge premium prices—but only for innovation. How do you know if a menu item is innovative? If it has made its way to major chain restaurants and you’re not doing anything unique to your version, it’s not innovative.

In terms of layout and design, don’t “lead” guests to prices with dots, dashes, or solid lines. Just place the price next to the item and move on.

Menu Tips

Another crucial tip that really should go without saying but, well, here we are, is proofreading. Want to make sure your menu is correct in a fun way? Throw a proofreading party. Invite ten of your VIP guests, gather your staff, invite some friends and family if you won’t be distracted, and ask for honest feedback.

Of course, you can elevate this event by serving new menu items tapas or family style to your VIPs. Brand-new restaurant yet to open? I suggest having the proofreading party with staff, friends, and family.

Keep in mind that menu real estate is valuable. Does a section of your menu come with identical accompaniments? Explain that at the top of section rather than including them in every. single. item. separately. Yes, this happened during the live 2023 BRE reads.

Chef Duffy would like you to stop putting specials on your menu. Again, menu real estate is valuable. If you can spare the room for specials, are they really special? Instead, your servers should know the day’s specials and share them with your guests from memory. And speaking of memory, upselling really only works if your staff knows the menu backward and forward.

Oh, and Chef Duffy would love it if you’d stop doing truffle fries if you’re not going to use premium products.

Your Menu Isn’t “Just” a Menu

Obviously, I haven’t shared every one of Chef Duffy’s menu tips. However, the above should serve as more than enough to motivate you to review your own menu with a critical eye.

In fact, you should be inspired to have your leadership, BoH, and FoH teams review the menu as well.

Yes, spelling matters. Yes, grammar matters. And yes, every detail and bit of menu real estate matters. This is because, simply put, your menu is more than a list of items for sale.

As Chef Duffy says, “Your menu is your calling card, it’s just that simple.” He would also tell you that the first place people encounter your business is online after a search. So, your website is your showcase. But your menu? That’s your billboard on the freeway, as he says.

QR codes may have been the standard from 2020 to 2022. We all know why. But for the most part, with the exception of QSRs and LSRs, people want to hold your menu. It’s a tactile experience and true engagement.

Menu design, like your website’s design, matters. Don’t believe me? I have two framed menus on my office wall, and they’re not from client concepts.

To learn more about Chef Brian Duffy, visit his website here. And, of course, make sure to follow him on Instagram. To listen to his Bar Hacks podcast episodes, click here for episode 33 and here for episode 53.

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5 Books to Read this Month: April 2023

5 Books to Read this Month: April 2023

by David Klemt

Flipping through an open book

Our engaging and informative April book selections will help you take your bar, restaurant or hotel to higher levels, and develop your leadership skills.

To review the book recommendations from March 2023, click here.

Let’s jump in!

Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect

When Will Guidara took over the famous Eleven Madison Park, the restaurant had just two stars and he was only in his mid-twenties. Before his 40th birthday, the changes and strategies he implemented helped the restaurant earn the title of the Best Restaurant in the World.

One of cornerstone’s of Guidara’s was “bespoke hospitality.” He and his team truly went above and beyond. Examples of the Eleven Madison Park team’s approach to hospitality illustrate just how over the top they went to deliver memorable guest experiences. If you’re looking for inspiration to step up your hospitality, pick up or download Unreasonable Hospitality today.

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

I’m going to address the viability of the blue ocean strategy before getting into the book. Creating a hospitality concept without competition isn’t really feasible. Go too far into “blue waters” and there won’t be any “fish” (traffic). And where, exactly, would one put their restaurant, bar, or hotel where there’s no competition but still enough traffic to generate a profit?

Those issues addressed, this book is still valuable to owners and operators. One need not eliminate competition completely to take lessons from the blue ocean strategy. Businesses must still differentiate themselves from competitors, and they must look for unique opportunities to help them stand out. Blue Ocean Strategy may not work perfectly but much is still very helpful.

Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives

Anese Cavanaugh’s Contagious Culture addresses a topic that we often discuss with clients, in our articles, and during speaking engagements: workplace culture. From large corporations and regional or national restaurant chains, to independent restaurants, bars, and hotels, culture will make or break an organization. Cavanaugh’s techniques will improve your workplace culture and energize your team, an undeniable key to success.

From Amazon: “This is Contagious Culture, a game-changing guide to transforming corporate culture from within, developed by the award-winning creator of The IEP Method to strengthen your ‘Intentional Energetic Presence.’ This is more than a leadership book―this is your future calling.”

Bar Hacks: Developing The Fundamentals for an Epic Bar

Doug Radkey is the founder, president, and lead strategist of KRG Hospitality. He’s also a hospitality industry speaker, educator, and author. This is his first book, Bar Hacks, which is also the name of the podcast we produce through KRG Hospitality.

Now, while the title states this book is a guide for developing and running an epic bar, the strategies carry over to restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality concepts. It’s difficult—if not impossible—to elevate one’s skills and service without first mastering the fundamentals. Whether you’re new to the industry or are a veteran who feels the need to reset and revisit the fundamentals, Bar Hacks is your guide.

Hacking the New Normal: Hitting the Reset Button on the Hospitality Industry

There’s a first book, which means there must be at least one other one, right? Right! Hacking the New Normal is Doug’s second book.

This book is a direct response to the pandemic, what it did to the industry, and the issues many operators would prefer to ignore. However, the devastation is so great that ignoring the changes that should have been made decades ago isn’t a viable option. With a spotlight on hybrid business models, real estate, profit margins, technology, guest experiences, culture, diversity, and mindset, Hacking the New Normal will position you for success in our new hospitality landscape.

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Why Pickleball Should Have Your Attention

Why Pickleball Should Have Your Attention

by David Klemt

A pickleball racket and pickleballs

The explosive popularity of pickleball and its legions of rabid players should have the attention of restaurant, bar, and hotel operators.

In fact, the sport may just result in the next Topgolf-esque eatertainment concept.

According to an October 2022 Fortune article, pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America for three years running. That article follows previous coverage from an array of publications that come to the same conclusion.

In Canada, the popular sport is also growing fast. It’s up against soccer, lacrosse, and cricket, but the numbers are impressive. In 2020, estimates showed 350,000 Canadian households playing pickleball. As of last year, that number was growing past 900,000.

Another sign that the sport is gaining incredible traction throughout North America? Doctors are encountering growing numbers of pickleball injuries. The Journal of Emergency Medicine says that about 19,000 people suffer pickleball injuries per year.

That may not seem like a lot when considering how many Americans play. According to the Association of Pickleball Professionals, there are 36.5 million Americans playing, from beginners to professionals.

Speaking of professional pickleball, there are professional leagues and teams. And those teams have the attention—and backing—of big-name sports celebrities. Major League Pickleball (MLP) boasts investments by Lebron James, Draymond Green, and Kevin Love. Tom Brady and Kim Clijsters are investing in an MLP expansion team.

Attention-grabbing Statistics

There’s a website—Pickleheads—that helps people locate pickleball courts. When I visit the site it shows me three casino resorts with courts immediately.

And the site just happens to have a page of useful statistics. I choose to accept that these stats are accurate.

Those who want to take a look themselves can do so by following this link. However, I’m going to share a few below:

  • Pickleball growth: 158.6 percent over the last three years
  • Top age bracket: 18 to 34 years old
  • Compound annual growth rate through 2028: 7.7 percent

Also per Pickleheads, the only popular sports with higher participation rates than pickleball are running and hiking.

The Next Topgolf?

The stats above should get operators’ creative juices flowing. The current growth of the sport along with the largest age group, growth projections, and support in the form of leagues, teams, and celebrities, is highly appealing.

Will a pickleball-forward eatertainment concept be the next Topgolf? It’s possible, and that’s why people considering their first or next concept need to look into pickleball.

The sport is perfect for our industry. It’s easy to learn, simple to play, and popular with most operators’ ideal age bracket—ages 21 to 34. However, pickleball is also very popular amongst the 50 to 70 set, a group with disposable income and time to indulge their interests.

Then there’s the undeniable fact that the sport is often described as fun and social. There are even articles lauding pickleball for encouraging networking.

Finally, there are organizations with which pickleball-centric eatertainment concepts can partner. An illuminating example comes from Shake Shack.

Toss and Spin, a racket sports organization, is partnering with Shake Shack this year. Their 2023 campaign is called the Shake Shack Pickleball Club. This nationwide activation centers around a nationwide tour across America featuring one-day pickleball clinics for all skill levels and tournaments.

One can only assume that this tour, backed by such a visible restaurant brand, will introduce even more people to pickleball. In turn, that creates an even larger pool of potential customers for the right concept.


We speak with a hospitality group pursuing an F&B-driven pickleball concept on the Bar Hacks podcast.

Brian Harper, a partner in Competitive Social Ventures and the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing speaks about Pickle and Social on episode 94. Not only do his partners on the leadership team see potential for the sport, they love to play it themselves.

Should you think you have a solid idea for a successful pickleball concept, let us know.

Our industry standard feasibility studies will help you select the right market and site. Our fully customized concept development plans will help you and others visualize your big idea. And our in-depth business plan will provide a realistic roadmap for you to throw open your doors and march toward success.

Someone out there has the next big eatertainment concept inside their head. Is it you?

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EHI and Danny Meyer Invest in SevenRooms

EHI and Danny Meyer Invest in SevenRooms

by David Klemt

Front of house staff member using SevenRooms

SevenRooms is showing no signs of resting on their laurels, announcing a major new investor: Enlightened Hospitality Investments.

EHI, a private-equity fund, traces its launch back to 2016. The fund, launched by and affiliated with Union Square Hospitality Group, typically makes investments in the $10-25 million range. Generally speaking, EHI makes non-control investments.

As you’re likely well aware, USHG’s founder and executive chairman is none other than restaurateur Danny Meyer. The Shake Shack chairman is also the managing partner of EHI.

Investment in SevenRooms by EHI—and by extension Danny Meyer—is huge news. Meyer now joins other high-profile chef and restaurateur investors in SevenRooms:

“At EHI, we always pay close attention to transformative tech that advances high touch,” says Meyer. “Far more than a reservations platform, SevenRooms provides abundant tools to create highly customized guest experiences and equips both restaurant and hotel teams to do what they do best—deliver truly memorable hospitality.”

Continual Growth

Since 2011, SevenRooms has pursued growth while serving the hospitality industry.

Whether in terms of innovation, partnerships, appointing the right people to key roles, or attracting investors, the platform is constantly strategizing to ensure its longevity.

Just look at what the company has achieved over 24 months:

  • March 2021: SevenRooms appoints Pamela Martinez as the company’s chief financial officer.
  • September 2021: SevenRooms announces a multi-year partnership with TheFork. The partnership is big news for operators throughout Europe and Australia. Further, the partnership illustrates how the company is pursuing global growth.
  • October of 2021: The company forms a partnership with Olo. This ensures clients who also use Olo are able to capture data from a key group: off-premise customers. That data creates profiles for such customers automatically. That means operators can learn more about—and effectively market to—customers who engage with them via online orders.
  • December 2021: SevenRooms and ThinkFoodGroup—the hospitality company behind Chef José Andrés’ portfolio of restaurants—make their partnership public. Interestingly, this partnership also includes ThinkFoodGroup joining SevenRooms in an advisory role.
  • January 2022: The platform announces the hiring of a chief revenue officer, Brent-Stig Kraus.
  • December 2022: SevenRooms enters into a partnership with Competitive Social Ventures.
  • January 2023: The company announces the appointment of their first-ever chief marketing officer.

As our industry rapidly attracts tech platforms and innovations, it can be difficult to know which companies are here to stay.

The growth of SevenRooms shows stability and longevity. Those are two key factors that should inform operator decisions when considering the tech stack.

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Girl Scout Cookies take Cocktail Form

Girl Scout Cookies take Cocktail Form at Ocean Casino Resort

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Ocean Casino Resort Girl Scout Cookie cocktails

Beginning today, Girl Scout Cookies are undergoing an irresistible liquid transformation at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.

Guests of the casino and resort will have the opportunity to enjoy these decadent cocktails through March 15.

In addition to driving traffic and engagement, these LTO drinks are a charitable effort. One dollar from each sale of these cocktails will go to the Girl Scout Troops of Southern and Central New Jersey.

So, not only is this a promotion that leverages nostalgia, these drinks enhance the guest experience of both visitors and locals. Ocean guests from out of town get to try enticing LTO drinks. And locals can try a series of limited-run cocktails while supporting their own community.

At KRG Hospitality, we like this promotion for several reasons. First, Girl Scout Cookies. For adults, these are nostalgic treats. For children, Girl Scout Cookies are a special treat. And, of course, Girl Scout Cookie sales help Girl Scouts raise funds for their organization.

Second, this promotion runs for four full weeks. That’s 28 days of sales, which is 28 days of fundraising.

Third, the Ocean Casino Resort F&B and marketing teams continues to show off their marketing skills. Last year, Ocean celebrated the Choco Taco with a tempting cocktail after it’s demise was announced. And just days ago we took a look at their Big Game drinks.

Each of their cocktail promotions serve as an exemplary LTO. Operators across the country can look to these for inspiration in terms of boosting traffic and sales, enhancing the guest experience, and engaging with their local communities while enticing visitors.

Check out Ocean Casino Resort’s National Girl Scout Day cocktail recipes. Cheers!

Ocean Casino Resort Berry Chocolatey Girl Scout Cookie cocktail

Berry Chocolatey

  • 2 oz. Three Olives Vodka
  • 2 oz. Chambord
  • 2 oz. Chocolate liqueur (examples: Dorda, Godiva, Mozart)
  • Half chocolate rim to garnish

Prepare a coupe by rimming with chocolate syrup. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into prepared glass.

Ocean Casino Resort Caramel Surprise Girl Scout Cookie cocktail

Caramel Surprise

  • 1.5 oz. Three Olives Vodka
  • 1 oz. Chocolate Liqueur (examples: Dorda, Godiva, Mozart)
  • 1.5 oz. Malibu
  • 1 oz. Half and Half
  • 1 bar spoon of Caramel syrup
  • Chocolate and caramel drizzle to garnish
  • Toasted coconut flakes to garnish

Prepare a Martini or cocktail glass by adding chocolate and caramel syrups to inside. Add first four ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into prepared glass. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

Ocean Casino Resort Lemon Kiss Girl Scout Cookie cocktail

Lemon Kiss

  • 2 oz. Three Olives Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • Half sugar rim to garnish
  • Lemon wedge to garnish

Prepare a Martini or cocktail glass with half-rim of sugar. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into prepared glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Ocean Casino Resort PB&B Girl Scout Cookie cocktail


  • 2.5 oz. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
  • 0.5 oz. Crème de Cacao
  • 2 dashes Chocolate bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Peanut Brittle laid across rim to garnish

Place a large ice cube inside a rocks glass. Add all liquid ingredients to prepared glass and stir. Garnish by laying a bite-size piece of peanut brittle across rim.

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Rosa is Pink, Lowlands Agave is Blue

Rosa is Pink, Lowlands Agave is Blue…

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Código 1530 Rosa Tequila and cocktail

Código 1530 is proud to present Valentine’s Day cocktails from Travis Pentecost of Tu Madre and Abby Blanchard of Broken Shaker.

Even more relevant for Valentine’s Day, each of the tequila-forward four recipes below is made with Código 1530 Rosa Blanco. As you can tell from the bottle image above, Rosa Blanco is a rosé tequila.

This particular tequila’s characteristic comes from the aging process. As the name implies, Rosa begins life as a blanco. But after one month in uncharred Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels, the liquid takes on a pink hue.

Produced using lowlands Blue Weber Agave, Código 1530 is precise about Rosa Blanco’s aging time. Too short and the barrels wouldn’t influence the tequila. Longer than one month and the wine barrel flavors would overpower the agave.

Código 1530’s exacting production and aging techniques result in their signature blanco delivering soft red wine notes on the palate, and a subtly floral finish. Rosa’s aging process enhances Blanco’s rich and bright earthy, mineral, and citrus notes.

If you have guests who are tequila fans—particularly those who love blanco—Rosa Blanco is a great conversation starter and upsale.

Codigo 1530 Kisses and Roses cocktail

Kisses and Roses

recipe by Travis Pentecost (Tu Madre)

  • 1.5 oz. Código 1530 Rosa Blanco Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Chinola
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 0.75 oz. Orgeat
  • 2 dashes Plum bitters
  • Lemon slice to garnish
  • Edible flower to garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with lemon slice and edible flower.

Codigo 1530 Will You Cherry Me cocktail

Will You Cherry Me

recipe by Travis Pentecost (Tu Madre)

  • 1.5 oz. Código 1530 Rosa Blanco Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. St-Germain
  • 1 oz. Prickly Pear liqueur
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Cherry bitters
  • Fresh mint leaves to garnish
  • Lemon slice to garnish
  • Edible flower to garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaf “bouquet,” lemon slice, and edible flower.

Codigo 1530 Sandia Margarita cocktail

Sandia Margarita

recipe by Travis Pentecost (Tu Madre)

  • 2 oz. Código 1530 Rosa Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Pina Agave
  • 2 dashes Peach bitters
  • Fresh mint leaves to garnish
  • Orange slice to garnish
  • Gummy watermelon candies to garnish
  • Edible flower to garnish
  • Salt for rim

Add all ingredients to a shaker and strain into a prepared cocktail glass. Garnish with “bouquet” of fresh mint leaves, orange slice, gummy watermelon candies, and edible flower.

Codigo 1530 You Up? cocktail

You Up?

recipe by Abby Blanchard (Broken Shaker)

  • 2 oz. Código 1530 Rosa Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3 Raspberries, muddled
  • Raspberries to garnish
  • Raspberry gummy candy to garnish (optional)
  • Edible flower to garnish (optional)

Add all ingredients to a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with raspberries. Optional garnishes: addition of raspberry gummy candy and/or edible flower

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