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?
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.
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.
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.