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February 28, 2020

Blackwell Rum is delighted to announce that it has partnered with the 007 franchise. Chris Blackwell – the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and owner of Ian Fleming’s former residence, GoldenEye – is celebrating the release of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, with a special 007 Limited Edition release of his Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum. The 750 ml bottle will retail for $35 and can be found starting April 1 in major metro markets.


“James Bond has been a big part of my life, from my childhood lunches with Ian Fleming at GoldenEye to being a location scout on the first movie, Dr. No (1962),” says Blackwell.   The upcoming Bond movie, No Time To Die, has been partly shot in Jamaica, and the involvement from Blackwell on the island has made this very special relationship come full circle. 


Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum is inspired by his family's time-honored recipe. This aged, rich and fragrant dark gold rum is filled with the warmth and sensuality of Jamaica.  “This is a rum that celebrates Jamaica, my friendships, and also my family legacy,” adds Blackwell.


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Ottawa, February 13th, 2020 – It is with great pleasure that we announce the return of the most extravagant mixology competition in Canada, MADE WITH LOVE, to Ottawa, for its 4th edition! On March 30th, the city’s Regional Final will take place at the Horticulture Building and will undoubtedly impress cocktail lovers who are on the hunt for some out-of-this-world flavours. Join us for a spectacle offered by the industry, where the city’s bartenders will gather to illuminate Ottawa’s cocktail culture. Save the date so you don’t miss it!

The proud competitors from the best bars and restaurants will take on the challenge of presenting an exclusive creation to an eager crowd who never fails to be there, as well as a panel of experts. They will have the difficult (but nonetheless delicious!) task of judging the creations based on originality of ingredients and concept, as well as the balance of flavours. Here is the complete list of cocktail artisans whom you will have the opportunity to see in action this year!

1. Jessie Baillie – Bar Lucy
2. Andrew Mennie – Lexington Smokehouse
3. Drake Ross Evans – Elcamino Byward
4. Marc Bossé – Bar Laurel
5. Cam Fry – MATI
6. Pheron Jodoin – Social Restaurant + Lounge
7. Sheldon Jackson – Rabbit Hole
8. Ben Adams – Fauna
9. Chris Prendergast – Mulligans Golf Bar
10. Chris Howell – Koi Restaurant
11. Ray Tang – Jackalope
12. Jillian Renouf – Gezellig
13. Stephen Smith – Jackson/Ottawa Art Gallery
14. Shannon Mccann-Hughes – Independent
15. Jovan Morale – Bar Daddy
16. Thobo Kebailele – Common Eatery
17. Wesley Hunter – CRAFT Beer Market
18. Barry Moore – Clocktower Brew Pub

The two crowned winners of each category, Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Ottawa at the National Finals taking place in Spring 2020! The finalists will try to win the coveted title of best MADE WITH LOVE’s best bartender in the country, and have a chance to win one of 14 trips to one of the MADE WITH LOVE affiliated distilleries :

2 Travels in Italy with Campari
2 VIP Experiences with Disaronno
2 Trips to Mexico with Espolon Tequila
2 Travels to Nicaragua with Flor de Caña
2 Trips to Scotland with Jura Whisky
2 Trips to New Orleans with Sazerac
2 Trips to Kentucky with Woodford Reserve

Monday, March 30th, 2020, from 6pm to 11 pm
Horticulture Building Lansdowne Park,  1525 Princess Patricia Way
Tickets : Early Bird (until March 16th) : $55
General admission (after March 16th) : $65
At the door : $75

Tickets are on sale at all participating establishments and online at
A ticket includes the tasting of all cocktails created by the competitors, food pairings, and the right to vote for the best bartender in Ottawa! And we also have a few surprises in store for you, of course!

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In this new, expanded edition of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails (Quarry Press, March 3, 2020, $24.99)—issued for the 100th Anniversary of National Prohibition—historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail vastly widens his examination of 1920–1933, the thirteen-year period when women got the Vote, child labor was abolished and, ironically, saw the cocktail elevated, prolonged, and expanded, spreading this signature American drink form in tasty ripples around the world. All this, plus more drink recipes!

Nothing is so desired as the thing denied. Prohibition made people want cocktails very, very badly. Because "synthetic" liquor was the easiest to make, it was also the easiest to get. Problematically, it tasted awful and wasn't exactly good for you either. Cocktails with their mélange of flavors were a made-to-order method for disguising the bad hooch.

Along with 100+ rare and delicious authentic recipes gathered from old cocktail manuals and scraps of paper never published, this illustrated trip down mixology lane tells the fascinating origins of the cocktail and how it evolved over time, including its rising popularity during Prohibition. Vintage illustrations and advertisements, photos of old bottles and cocktail artifacts, and fascinating Prohibition-era photographs bring the tippling past back to vivid life.

Recipes for rare treasures like The Fogcutter, Knickerbocker à la Monsieur, The Moscow Mule, and Satan’s Whiskers are each presented with:

  • Historical background on its origin and cultural context
  • Drink Notes that provide additional information on ingredients and tips for substitutions and variations
  • Fascinating historical ephemera from Dr. Cocktail's personal collection

This homage to the great bartenders of the past and the beverages they created also profiles some of the most influential cocktail pioneers of today. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale, this is a must-have volume.


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