On Monday I went over to Kevin Brauch's
house for some summer drinks. As the host of Thirsty Traveler and floor reporter for Iron Chef America, Kevin's on the road almost 300 days
of the year, but he was nice enough to invite me over during his
rare downtime at home.
He prepared three fantastic summer cocktails -
Stag's Head and a non-alcoholic drink which we christened
Kitchen Sink Backyard Cocktail. We'll be putting up videos of
these by the end of the week so be sure to look out for them.
Despite suffering from seasonal allergies (we filmed in his
backyard), he was gracious, relaxed and very funny. Did I mention
that he does a wicked Don Cherry impression?
In case you missed it, watch Kevin doling out some great drink tips
last time we met. (I'm a fan of his straw taste test.)
Watch the video below:
Mixing Drinks with Kevin Part 2: Canadian Oyster Shooter.
It's amazing how far cocktails have
evolved. It's no wonder the best bartenders prefer the term
mixologist because they really go beyond simply pouring spirits
into a glass. As you can see from Kevin's scribbled notes, there's
a lot of thought that goes into each and every cocktail.
I loved the Stag's Head which happens to be Kevin's favourite
cocktails (when you watch the video you'll see just how much he
loooves Jägermeister). I was a bit skeptical at first. I mean
Jägermeister and Dark Rum are not spirits I normally enjoy, but
with one sip I was totally won over. The Cointreau and the orange
juice add a nice citrus depth to the drink.
The Kitchen Sink Backyard cocktail is a
great versatile drink that works for adults and kids (minus the
coffee and the coffee liquor of course). Kevin told me his two boys
love it. (They are adorable!) He blended frozen bananas, ice
and chocolate syrup for a thick and delicious milkshake-like
Kevin pureed fresh mangos and made his own vanilla simple syrup for
the Big Mango which was yummy. There something about mangos that
just say summer, isn't there?
I had a blast spending the afternoon with Kevin. Now if I can only
get him to invite me to a BBQ in his lovely backyard, I'd be
Do you have a favourite summer cocktail? Maybe
you'll be mixing some up this Victoria Day long weekend? I'd love
to hear about them.
Posted: Wed, May 14 2008
by Catherine Jheon
Hi food lovers, I'm the managing editor of foodnetwork.ca. I've been writing and working in the food world for almost a decade! I'm always ready to explore new tastes and ideas so drop me a line with anything food related to share.