by Kevin Gould
2016 – 2015
La Presse: Chapleau & others
Le Devoir: Garnotte & Fleg
Journal de Montréal: Beaudet & Ygreck
Some brief notes on a cocktail served in one trendy spot, and equally brief notes on other trendy spots.
Kate, walkerp, and Charles are discussing. Toggle Comments
On a somewhat related note, I only found two drinks with Montreal in their names: Montreal Club Bouncer and the Montreal Gin Sour. Is that all there is?
There are no good cocktails in Canada thanks to the heinous law/practice of measured pours. It’s such a national shame (and so ignored) considering we were the ones who used to supply the booze to the states.
I have no idea what you’re talking about, walkerp. Explain?
The true cocktail is poured by a human being (the bartender) who has skill in mixing drinks and makes a judgment call based on his or her relationship with the client at that moment.
Here in Canada, every bottle of alchohol is capped with a regulator, either a manual or an electronic spout that pours exactly the same amount of alchohol each time. A cheap, niggardly amount. Not enough to make a proper martini or manhattan.
There has been a surge of trendy faux-cocktail culture in Canada with a “menu” of drinks, the crassest example of this being the martini bar, with different flavours of martini. Because none of them actually make a proper martini, they have to disguise them with gross and irrelevant flavours.
In any case, it is not possible, in my experience, to go into a bar in Canada and get a decent drink.
In the States, you go to any neighbourhood bar and you ask for a martini and you will get a bartender who mixes it up without any measuring tools and gives you a nice solid drink after which you should definitely not get behind the wheel of a car. As the saying goes “one martini is not enough, two is too many. Three is not enough…”
The situation is so bad in Canada that there is actually a term for the proper way to do it, the so-called “free pour”. This term does not exist in the States because it is the status quo.
Beer, on the other hand, is fine here. That’s why it’s the only thing everybody drinks.
That’s very interesting. I had no idea, but I’ve never acquired a taste for mixed drinks, maybe because the ones I’ve had have always been so watery.
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