I like my martinis extra dirty with olives; my mojitos with freshly squeezed lime juice as opposed to lime cordial; and my gin with a splash of St. Germain. I know what I like in my drinks, just like you do!
We all have our preferences when it comes to our favorite drinks; a key ingredient to having a superb drink starts with a mixologist who knows how to perfectly execute our tasty libations!
The very interactive and engaging Canadian mixology competition, Made With Love, is back again for its third year!
Made With Love is an international event for cocktail enthusiasts and food epicureans. It has become an annual celebration of the craft cocktails industry. The public, along with a panel of renowned judges, are invited to witness this interactive competition by savouring exclusive and extravagant creations and vote for their favourites.
Founded in 2009 in Montreal, MADE WITH LOVE has gained popularity through its mixology competition where passion and excellence bring the bartending community together to push the limits of creativity. Today, MADE WITH LOVE is active in 2 countries (Canada and Spain), and continues to develop internationally. – Made With Love
The two crowned winners of each category,
Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Ottawa at the National Finals
taking place in the Spring. The finalists will try to win the coveted title of
best Barchef in the country, and have a chance to win one of 10 trips to one of
the Made With Love affiliated distilleries :
2 trips to Italy with Campari
2 trips to Nicaragua with Flor de Cana
2 trips to New Orleans with Sazerac
2 trips to Kentucky (USA) with Woodford Reserve
2 trips with MADE WITH LOVE
Vying for Ottawa’s top mixologist are five finalists that have taken the time to answer some of my questions as they get ready for the big event next week:
What cocktail have you submitted for the competition?
WARREN FREDERICK: I decided to make my cocktail for a few reasons. One being I wanted to incorporate the different flavour profiles of Woodford Reserve and make a cocktail highlighting the key flavour notes and tell a story while you sip my cocktail and we are a coffee shop so there will be some coffee element to my cocktail to match the profile of my spirit.
SHANNON BLUE NANIBUSH: For Made with Love this year, I was appointed Southern Comfort, and my immediate thought was “how do I balance the sweetness?” So for my cocktail I chose to do a stirred cocktail, with citric acid, black cherry juice and black sesame syrup. I wanted to keep it simple as far as ingredients go and something that came out very dark in colour. I think a stirred Southern Comfort cocktail would stand out!
MIKE CAMPBELL: My drink will have Campari, a faux vermouth syrup made from scratch and ten infused with Korean gochuchillies and finished with house made spiced-orange bitters. I think my use of traditional Korean ingredients will help my cocktail stand out and not being afraid to use very over the top flavours while still maintaining a balanced drink.
MATTHEW AZEVEDO: I love a great gimlet. Love. So the drink I decided to make was heavily influenced by that, while I tried to put the heaviest Canadian spin on it possible. Ungava has such unique flavours that makes it stand out even amongst other pronounced flavours, so its given me some beautiful breathing room to play with.
DRAKE ROSS EVANS: The drink I’ve made for ‘Made with Love’ is a type of Tiki cocktail, Rum being the more predominant flavour with a juicy and silky finish. I personally love Tiki cocktails because there are so many neat and creative rum forward drinks.
What was the inspiration behind your creation?
inspiration behind my drink is the flavour wheel of Woodford Reserve and also coffee because we
are a coffee shop.
BLUE NANIBUSH: My theme for my cocktail was stemmed from my love
of westerns and goth culture, so think gothic western!
MIKE CAMPBELL:I decided
to make a cocktail inspired by some of the unique flavors I experienced in
Korea, and same goes for my food pairing. Because I am not representing any
restaurant I feel like it would be the most authentic thing to just make what I
know and I what I believe will be a very new flavor profile for most people
attending the event.
AZEVEDO: My number one inspiration was everything Canada. Ungava is a
beautiful testament to the great botanicals this country has to offer, and that
made me want to showcase the possibilities that can come from utilizing what
this great country has to offer.
DRAKE ROSS EVANS:The
inspiration for my theme and flavours came from Nicaragua, a place of lakes and
volcanoes. When the cocktail came to be a vibrant orange colour it brought me
to Danakil Ethiopia and their volcanic lakes. I knew from the beginning I
wanted to make a drink using Horchata, a refreshing rice milk drink that’s very
popular in central America. Horchata will be my stand out ingredient in this
drink. Orange and lime as a classic citrus that will bring familiarity to the
guests, fresh carrot juice which I hope to bring a “wow factor”.
What accompanying appetizer will you be serving with your cocktail?
a secret. Lol!
SHANNON BLUE NANIBUSH: To go with
my theme I will be serving a chili style hodge podge with sesame elements. I
wanted something rustic and not sweet this year.
MIKE CAMPBELL: I’ll be pairing my drink with a
traditional Kimchi-Jiggae which is a spicy Korean soup, very common in Korean
restaurants and bars.
AZEVEDO: My chef and I are still in the process, so food pairing will
have to be a surprise!!
DRAKE ROSS EVANS: My food pairing is a combination
of fresh Nicaraguan flavours. Serving a pork meatball with a achiote and sour
orange sauce. Topped with a spiced carrot and beet slaw all served on a
plantain chip. This savoury, spicy, herbal appetizer hits the flavour palate
that my cocktail doesn’t. Lake Citrine (the cocktails name) brings the citrus,
sweet, and silky all to life. With these two combinations, your mouth will be
listening to a symphony of flavours hitting each note on the tongue.
Where: Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
When: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Tickets: $65 general
admission at each participating bar or $75 at the door. For groups of 10 or more, contact us at
email@example.com 19 years+
Ticket prices include a complete tasting of all showcased cocktails, a selection of food-pairings, and the privilege to vote for your favourite cocktail creation, and favourite Barchef!
Now buy your tickets and get ready to be entranced and
seduced by the talents of the cocktail competitors!
Chocolate lovers in the know can't seem to get enough of the decadence that @hummingbirdchocolate provides in ALL of their sweet treats😋😍🍫
And if this is news to you, then you can read about my chocolatey sweet experience in the latest edition of @fiftyfivepluslifestylemagazine
Your sweet tooth will thank me 😉😋
At their new Hummingbird Chocolate location (476 Ottawa St. Almonte), you can now reserve a private tour and see how all that chocolate yumminess comes together. During my visit, I had a real 'I Love Lucy' moment when I had the privilege of working on the chocolate covered caramel assembly line....And yes, I ate many caramel treats for 'quality control' measures😉😍🍬🍬
Hurry and get your Easter treats!!🐰🍫🍬
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Want a game changer for your pizza indulgence? Then you definitely NEED to try the PINSA dough at @joesitalkitchen 🍕 😋
Aside from the delicious and dinstinct flavour that the Pinsa crust has😍😋, it also delivers on these health benefits when compared to the classic pizza dough?
✅️ 100% less cholesterol
✅️ 85% less fat
✅️ 40% less sugar
✅️ 40% less calories
✅️ 33% less carbohydrates
And the bonus....you can eat more without feeling sluggish, as it's easier to digest and you won't feel guilty for having eaten it all!! 😉
It's time to treat yourself to a new pizza experience🙂
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Warm weather, cold weather... anytime to celebrate some Winterlude activities is an enjoyable time ❄️☃️
What could be more fun than to be warmed up by a cute fire area, as you indulge on some tasty libations and nibbles, at the beautiful ice bar that @rabbitholeott has creatively set-up for their guests to enjoy?!
I had the yummy pleasure of tasting their Mexican hot chocolate with @patron tequila🔥🥃😊 And, if that wasn't enough, I thoroughly enjoyed their VERY addictive Mac and Cheese bites!!😋😋
Go out and enjoy some #winterlude activities and stop at the icebar for some fun!🙂🔥🥃😋
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I had the pleasure of spending time yesterday with John Diep, Chef and owner of @shinkasushibar
I was mesmerized as he assembled a truly beautiful and ever so flavourful Omakase sushi box (chefs choice). Sushi lovers, you need to check them out!!😋😍🍣
I was in food heaven indulging in some lobster tempura, wrapped in a soybean sheet...it doesn't get better than this! So creative!!
Watching Chef Diep create and assemble my Omakase sushi was like watching an artist paint, except I had the pleasure of eating his outstanding creativity!!😋😍
The edible art that leaves you wanting for more. My Omakase sushi consisted of an assortment of fish and ingredients that I had never tried before, and I'm so glad that I have now. I'm am talking about; soybean sheet encasing the lobster tempura (think of a tasty crepe), Kama toro sashimi (neck part of tuna, melt in your mouth), blue fin tuna, Hamachi topped with jalapeño (yellowtail), golden thread fin sashimi, chutoro nigiri (fatty tuna) topped with sturgeon caviar from Poland...to name just a few. And those beautiful flowers that you see, they are all edible, shipped straight from Japan😱 🌺🍣🇯🇵😍😍
✳️✳️Shinka's community delivery service now provides sushi lovers who live outside the city, a delicious opportunity to enjoy their offerings!! Now that's service!!✳️✳️
Check them out. You won't be disappointed🤩
#foodblogger #travelblogger #foodie #foodporn #foodpornshare #sushi #omakase #omakasesushi #supportsmallbusiness #ottawarestaurants #shinka #shinkasushibar #sashimi #japanesefood #indulgence #chefschoice #newexperiences #luxelife #chefsofinstagram #lovemyjob #tmac
Happy Lunar New Year 2023, year of the 🐇 🎉🎊
What better way to ring in the new year than to gather with friends and like-minded food lovers. Here's to a new year of luck, prosperity, and good fortune!!💰🧧
I absolutely love to eat at #yangtze on Somerset, and without fail, every time, their dishes are spot on! This was the perfect place to celebrate!!😍😋
Everything from their shrimp and pork shumais, stuffed eggplant, fried shrimp rolls, and pork dumplings and fried noodles with a side of garlic bok choy was absolutely tasty!!
All the best to those that celebrate🐇💰🧧
#foodblogger #travelblogger #foodie #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #yearoftherabbit #yangtzerestaurant #ottawarestaurants #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #prosperity #luck #goodfortune #wearingred #thefoodteaseeats #tmac #ifwtwa #happynewyear
Being one with nature in @discoverdominica 🌴🌴💧🔥
Who loves hot springs? I know I do, as they are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic🔥😍
Relaxing in one of Wotten Waven's well-known natural hot sulfur springs, which are believed to have medicinal qualities, was incredible!! The hot sulphuric water is mixed with river water, so it's not only tolerable but that it doesn't burn the skin. Complete relaxation!!
When traveling to new destinations, I try to immerse myself in cultural experiences, and this hot sulfur dip in Dominica was a must😍🤩
#travelblogger #foodblogger #natureisland #dominica #discoverdominica #hotsprings #sulfur #sulfursprings #relaxation #naturephotography #beingonewithnature #luxelife #luxetravel #luxelife #wellness #naturespa #culturalexperience
A new year, a new start, so let's do it with some fun! 🎶🎉
provided the energetic vibe that I was seeking!!😉🥂🍾
Live latin music and delicious dishes made for a fun evening out. Everything from their corn bisque, shrimp stuffed avocado, to their uber flavourful truffle butter steak and chocolate lava cake was delicious😋 And ofcourse, their mojitos were off the chart!! 😋 😋
Looking forward to more evenings and getaways to relax and let loose!💃🕺🎶
Here's to a new year with new adventures!😊
#foodblogger #foodie #travelblogger #nye #nye2023 #lula #lulalounge #dance #latinmusic #toronto #discovertoronto #torontoeats #alwaysexploring #weekendgetaway #thefoodteaseeats #destinationtoronto
My first-hand experiences confirm that Dominica is truly the ULTIMATE nature island 🏝 🙌 Special thanks to @discoverdominica @wanderlustcaribbean @junglebaydominica @coulibri_ridge for such an incredible adventure!!😊
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'Tis the season to be merry and festive🍾🥂
I just had to try @moetchandon Ice Champagne, and it's ABSOLUTELY delicious 😋 😋
Who would have thought, a Champagne drink created to be served on ice would taste so divine!! Love it!!
Merry Christmas to all my food loving friends!!😋🙂
#foodblogger #travel logger #spirits #champagnelover #chasingdreams #champagne #moet #moetchandon #moetchandonice #merrychristmas #livinglife #luxelife #goodtimes #thefoodteasedrinks #tmactravel
There's nothing better than impromptu dinner plans, especially when it involves @matiottawa
How can you go wrong with lobster tacos, PEI oysters, tuna crudo, salmon tartar rolls, and garlic gnocchi to their ridiculously tasty grilled steak?!😋😋🥩
A much needed and long overdue visit at Mati. And without fail, they still managed to 'wow' me with their outstanding dishes and warm hospitality!😊
Two things that are key for a successful establishment: Delicious food ✅️ paired with optimal service ✅️ and Mati fits the bill on that and then some!!
Go and treat yourself and thank me later😉
#foodblogger #foodie #travelblogger #foodporn #foodpornshare #diningout #impromptu #steak #steaklover #seafood #tuna #lobstertacos #grilledbeef #indulgence #wantmore #needmore #thefoodteaseeats