Tarquin Melnyk in 7 Questions

Tarquin Melnyk in 7 Questions

Tarquin Melnyk contributes to justcocktails.org from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. Here’s Tarquin in 7 questions.

What was the first well made cocktail you recall loving?

I explored the world a lot to learn about cocktails and had many decent drinks along the way. But there was one moment that truly resonated. It was a Sidecar, at the Bar Hemingway, in the Ritz Paris. 

Tarquin Melnyk - image credit BC LIving

Tarquin Melnyk – image credit BC LIving 

If I could make a drink for anyone in the world it would be?

“My dad. I never really got to go for a drink with him.
I like to think that he started me on this journey into the world of bartending when he left me a bottle of Balvenie DoubleWood 17 year. I was an occasional drinker at that point in my life. I certainly wasn’t interested in Scotch. But to remember him, and reflect, I slowly savored that bottle. By the time I finished the bottle I was very curious about the world of spirits.”

Describe the drink you want to make for yourself, with the dream ingredients you’d love to be able to make it with?

I would make a Sidecar with Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6, Gabriel Boudier Orange Fine Champagne and hand-picked lemons from a friends tree in California. 
Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8

My mom is proud of me because?

I figured out how to get free flights by making cocktails, haha 

If you had a t-shirt bearing your Bartending philosophy on it, what would it say?

I was saving up to be a Social Worker. It worked, kinda. 
Tarquin Melnyk Bearded bartender

Tarquin Melnyk behind the bar at Bambudda | Image credit Sophia Rizos

If you could go anywhere in the world and order a drink, where would it be and what would you have?

I would go to Mongolia and have Po-Cha, a spiced tea with Yak butter in it. (Video Link)

Do you have a Bartending pet peeve?

Bartenders who think the job is purely about their ability to make a drink. 
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