You never know what may be tucked away in someone’s cupboard. Imagine my delight when I was recently presented with a signed copy of J. Mark Boudreau’s Be Your Own Bartender from The Land of Rum and Big Fishes.
Published in 1978 by Atlantic Nova Printing in Halifax, Be Your Own Bartender offers advice not only when it comes to mixing and serving drinks, but also instructs readers in the art of pairing wine and cheese, planning parties, and treating hangovers. Deliciously simple and unassuming in its presentation, what is unique about this book is the inclusion of more than fifteen of Boudreau’s original drink creations. Many of these drinks reflect the history and flavours of Nova Scotia.
Mix up a drink and raise a glass to Nova Scotia and J. Mark Boudreau.Blue Nose 1/2 oz. Dubonnet 1/2 oz. Dark Rum 2 oz. pre-sweetened lemon juice Shake well and strain into cocktail glass Joseph Howe 1/2 oz. Dark Rum 1/2 oz. Galliano Pour into rocks glass over ice and fill with orange juice Trapper’s Potion 1 oz. Dark Rum 1/2 oz. Brandy 1 oz. lemon juice 1 tsp maple syrup 1 cinnamon stick Pour into rocks glass and fill with hot water Garnish with lemon and clove