Raising the Bar with Jamie Boudreau
From simple garnishes to the most complex molecular mixology, Jamie Boudreau takes you through tips and techniques that are paramount to today's bartender.
5 Apr 11 5
Thyme has many uses, the most obvious being culinary. Because of its antiseptic qualities, in ancient times, it was used as an embalming agent. No doubt the aromatics aided in suppressing odors related to the decomposition of the body. Here, Jamie uses thyme strictly as an aromatic. Although, it may help preserve your liver!
Hot Toddy - Blue Blazer Style
30 Nov 10 5
The Blue Blazer was invented by Jerry Thomas while he worked at the El Dorado in San Francisco. It might not be the earliest known heated alcoholic beverage but it's preparation is very unique. This version is essentially a Hot Toddy done Blue Blazer style. After a few practice rounds, (BE CAREFUL!) this is a great drink to bring behind the bar or to impress your friends at home. Don't forget to make your Old Fashioned Simple Syrup first.
How to Saber a Champagne Bottle
11 Nov 10 5
Opening a bottle of champagne always puts people in a festive mood. Sabering a bottle of champagne takes your party to the next level. Remember, BE CAREFUL!. Jamie is a trained professional. DO NOT POINT THE BOTTLE AT ANYONE! You are creating a projectile that could seriously harm someone. We just want to you to have fun.
15 Oct 13 4
Not THAT hooker! Canon is not that kind of place. The Hooker Cocktail is named after John Lee Hooker, the blues guitar legend. As you might imagine, the cocktail contains some Bourbon, some Scotch and some beer. Octoberfest is here and this is the perfect cocktail to enjoy fermented, brewed and distilled grains of all kinds. Crank some blues and celebrate!
Hop Toad Cocktail
1 Oct 13 4
In this episode of Raising the Bar, Jamie addresses how to shake a cocktail once again. Repetitive movements can really take a toll on a bartenders body. Jamie believes that his use of cobbler shakers, as opposed to a standard Boston shaker, reduces wear on the body. It also allows him to shake up a mean Hop Toad cocktail. First seen in The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, a few variations of the Hop Toad cocktail have been created since the cocktail's genesis. Jamie has chosen a version that calls for rum as well as aromatic bitters.
Beauregarde’s Breakfast Cocktail
17 Sep 13 4
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory fans will recognize the name of this cocktail. In the film, an overzealous Violet Beauregarde chews some special gum resulting in her plumping up like a giant blueberry. Thus, the Beauregarde's Breakfast Cocktail. Using Canon house-made blueberry preserves, Jamie creates a delightful brunch cocktail that celebrates that most American of spirits, Bourbon.
26 Apr 11 4
In an earlier episode of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess, guest Jamie Boudreau demonstrated how to make flavorful spheres of caviar or pearls out of gelatin. Since then, Cointreau has put together an amazing kit using state of the art tools, ingredients and technique. They were kind enough to send a kit to Jamie so he could work his magic. As Jamie demonstrates, the addition of gold flakes to the pearls created with the Cointreau system add elegance to a simple glass of champagne.
How to Layer a Cocktail - Bitter Bike
11 Jan 11 4
In this second episode on how to layer a cocktail, Jamie demonstrates the Bitter Bike. With a heavy amount of Angostura Bitters, this drink is an unusually delicious way to end the evening.
28 Dec 10 4
Start your day right with the delightfully refreshing Breakfast Collins. Be sure to leave all the nasty bits behind by using a proper double straining technique.
26 Nov 13 3
Brunch cocktails typically come in one form: the Mimosa. Although delicious, the Mimosa is a bit lacking. Jamie's bar, Canon, in Seattle, serves a great brunch; with great brunch, there must be great brunch cocktails. Zucca Rhubarb Liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice give the Swagger Cocktail more depth and individuality than your average Mimosa.
Smoking Monkey Cocktail
29 Oct 13 3
This Canon original cocktail recipe was inspired by hints of banana that Jamie finds in Jameson Irish Whiskey. Playing off those notes, Jamie infused banana into the whiskey creating a truly unique flavor profile. Interestingly enough, this cocktail is shaken due to the pectins released into the Jameson during the infusion process. Misting the glass with a smoky Islay whisky (like Ardbeg) before straining gives the cocktail a deliciously smoky essence.
7 Nov 12 3
Almost two years ago now, Jamie extolled the virtues of the Golden Ratio. As a formula for creating new cocktails, the Golden Ratio is 1.5 oz spirit : .75 oz aperitif : .25 oz liqueur. This combination almost always results in a delicious cocktail. If not, it can serve as the base for iteration. Get experimenting!
Martin Miller’s Gin - ‘Trade Up’ Winner - Junior Ryan’s Strega Sour
15 Dec 11 3
The winner of the Martin Miller's Gin 'Trade Up' competition is the Strega Sour from Junior Ryan of Clyde Common in Portland, OR. Junior found the Strega Sour in the Playboy Host and Bar Book and traded it up using Martin Miller's Gin and the addition of egg white and house-made honey and earl grey syrup. To see Junior making his traded up Strega Sour, check out this link: Junior Ryan Strega Sour.
Three Mixologists, Three Cocktails, Three Ways - French 75 Cocktail
31 May 11 3
In 2011, Jamie joined Liquid Kitchen host, Kathy Casey and Portfolio Ambassador for William Grant and Sons, Charlotte Voisey for a unique and entertaining seminar during Manhattan Cocktail Classic. This seminar, sponsored by Hudson Whiskey, Hendrick's Gin and Milagro Tequila, led attendees through the thought process that these three mixologists go through when creating a cocktail. In this episode, they tackle the French 75 Cocktail. You can watch Kathy make her variation, the Citrus 75, here. Join Small Screen, William Grant & Sons and Charlotte Voisey during Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013
Three Mixologists, Three Cocktails, Three Ways - Old Fashioned
24 May 11 3
In 2011, Jamie joined Liquid Kitchen host, Kathy Casey and Portfolio Ambassador for William Grant and Sons, Charlotte Voisey for a unique and entertaining seminar during the recent Manhattan Cocktail Classic. This seminar, sponsored by Hudson Whiskey, Hendrick's Gin and Milagro Tequila, led attendees through the thought process that these three mixologists go through when creating a cocktail. In this episode, they tackle the Old Fashioned Cocktail. You can watch Jamie make his variation, the Machine Head, here. Join Small Screen, William Grant & Sons and Charlotte Voisey during Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013
Celery Sipper Cocktail
12 Apr 11 3
Spring has sprung and it is time to discover light and refreshing cocktails to be sipped in the sunshine. Most often used as a garnish, celery is often overlooked as an ingredient. Its vegetal aroma and flavor is off-putting to some but combined with a touch of acid and a bit of sweetness, then spread evenly with vodka, it creates a backbone of flavor that is at once robust and refreshing.
Denny Triangle Cocktail
22 Feb 11 3
The Denny Triangle is a pre-gentrified area in Seattle near the Space Needle. It is dirty and funky but in it you can find fantasticly delicious hidden pleasures. Thus, this little enclave was the inspiration for the Denny Triangle Cocktail; it is a bit funky but absolutely delicious!
Black Donald Cocktail
25 Jan 11 3
The Tom Collins is probably the most recognizable highball style cocktail. Another classic highball is the El Diablo. The Black Donald is essentially an El Diablo using Scotch in place of Tequila and Drambuie in place of Creme de Cassis. Grab your nearest bottle of single malt and give it a go!
How to Make Cocktail Dusts
17 Nov 09 3
Making unique and flavorful dusts used for rimming cocktail glasses could not be easier. Jamie Boudreau shows you how using Chartreuse.
Fourth Regiment Cocktail
12 Nov 13 2
The Fourth Regiment Cocktail dates back to the late 19th century. Like many cocktails of the day, it was most likely made with rye whiskey rather than bourbon. The keys to making this cocktail are to choose a quality bottled in bond rye whiskey and to make sure you have a bottle of celery bitters on hand as it is the magic ingredient. Watch Robert Hess make the Fourth Regiment Cocktail
Kentucky Medicine Cocktail
29 Nov 11 2
Jamie brings back the "golden ratio" and discusses proper technique when opening a corked bottle of wine or vermouth. The resulting cocktail, Kentucky Medicine, will surely cure what ails you this Winter season.
Deconstructed Margarita with Cointreau Ravioli
3 May 11 2
The Margarita is traditionally made with little variation. Those who like it simple, keep to three ingredients: simple syrup, lime juice and tequila. Delicious! Jamie Boudreau steps it up a notch with help from a kit assembled by Cointreau (watch Jamie make Cointreau pearls here) whose purpose is to streamline the production of flavored pearls and, in this case, what Jamie calls "ravioli". This deconstructed Margarita pairs the typical trifecta of ingredients above with a spoonful of encapsulated Cointreau for a flavorful and unique imbibing experience.
How to Layer a Cocktail - Sheffield Reborn
4 Jan 11 2
Layering a cocktail is really very simple. Once you have ascertained the specific gravity of each spirit, just begin with the heaviest spirit on the bottom and layer the rest of the ingredients in order from heaviest to lightest on top of each other. A good tip to remember is to pour each ingredient slowly over you bar spoon as it rests against the glass. That way they do not break through the previous layer. It also helps to chill or freeze each liqueur before use.
Liqeuer, Aperitif & Digestif
- Almond Liqueur
- Apricot Liqueur
- Blackcurrant Liqueur
- Chocolate Liqueur
- Cherry Liqueur
- Ginger Liqueur
- Herbal Liqueur
- Mint Liqueur
- Pomegranate Liqueur
- Orange Liqueur
- Violet Liqueur