Who | Pat Groves
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Aloette
Past Bar(s) | The Passenger
Favourite Spirit | Specifically, Calvados. Category-wise, whisk(e)y and r(h)um.
Favourite Juice | Acidic: lemon. Sweet: pineapple or (very fresh) apple
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Stirred: Sazerac (Cognac preferred) and Widow’s Kiss. Shaken: a Gin Fizz or Gin Fizz variation
Favourite Part of the Job | Tasting new things and helping others do the same.
Favourite After Work Drink | Standard shift: something new. Challenging shift: something refreshing (generally beer or white wine)
Favourite at Home Drink | Wine, beer, Redbreast, El Dorado 21
Favourite bar in the world | Probably La Palette (Toronto)
Best known for | Probably the red hair & beard, sadly.
Best story from behind the wood | Ridiculously massive tip from a certain local superstar rapper back in my King St. days
What do you collect? Irish whiskey, liquor in general, and books.
Favourite thing about your city? Diversity of culture and flavour, always something new to see or eat.
What was the last photo that you took? My cat. How embarrassingly clichéd.
Where was your last vacation? Montreal, which is an annual thing.
Red or White? Vermouth? Red for the classics that require it, otherwise white. For wine, whatever the mood or food calls for.
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Cointreau 90% of the time. Grand Marnier for dessert (and dessert drinks).
London or Paris? Have yet to visit either.
Glass or Tin? Tin
Are you available for freelance gigs? Not at the moment.