Article by: Jessica Morris,
Here at the Bookshelf’s eBar, we strive to deliver new and remarkable beverages for our guests to enjoy.
Just like in the culinary world, trends in flavours and techniques change over time, and we make certain that we’re up on all the latest!
Whether you’re after a pint of local draught, a leading domestic bottle, a casual rye & ginger, or something extravagantly crafted to satisfy your unique taste cravings – you can count on us! We have a real passion for the art of crafting cocktails, especially the classics. Take the Old Fashioned - my personal favourite, and some would argue the original cocktail - it’s made up of just a few ingredients, but there is holism and history in the simplicity of it. Simple can be grand if it’s done right. That being said, you can elevate the cocktail experience with a little care and an eye for cultural trends.
This point was made clear to me, during an unforgettable experience at a bar called Parts & Labour. The drink I fell in love with featured a whole array of ingredients that were new to me: umami bitters and Sencha (a Japanese green tea), tied together with sake, Bombay Sapphire East (Bombay Sapphire’s worldly cousin made with Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese peppercorn), citrus and coconut syrup for balance and Aqua Faba for frothiness. “The Tao” really opened my eyes to just how far you can stretch the concept of a traditional drink, in this case, a sour, to its full potential.
That cocktail stayed with me and is the inspiration behind our bar program. We’ve started working with shrubs, unique bitters, and infusions. These ingredients open up a whole new world of taste that we are excited to share with you.
You can always expect something new from us. On occasion, our features will be accessibly delicious, but other times you need to bring your sense of adventure, and trust us!
For those who would like to partake without the alcohol, again, we’ve got your back! We’re creating more non-alcoholic concoctions, affectionately known as 'mocktails' so that everyone can indulge at any time.
Here’s to broadening the understanding of what a beverage can be! Cheers!