This cocktail was inspired by a renewed sense of joy that we, as bartenders, see on our guest faces as they venture back to bars and restaurants. A look much like something you would see on a child’s face as they enter a candy store like Freak LunchBox for the first time, eyes wide with excitement and a sense of bewilderment by not knowing how to process everything they see. As a bartender I am energized by providing hospitality this is my fuel and my sense of purpose. I wanted to recreate that feeling of excitement with a punchy fruit forward yet dry cocktail, a similar feeling I felt when first seeing the bright energetic mural by Jason Botkin. A taste that inspires people to continue moving forward and looking at the bright side of life.
Jeffrey Van Horne and his business partner Matt Boyle founded Clever Barkeep on the desire to bring finely crafted cocktails to larger audiences.The Clever Barkeep is Atlantic Canada’s first luxury beverage catering and comprehensive consulting service.