Tiare Olsen (A Mountain of Crushed Ice) hails from Stockholm, Sweden and is a passionate cocktails and spirits geek with a special love for tropical and tiki drinks.
I attended the session ‘The fine art of tending a bar’ with Stansilav Vadrna and it turned out to be the session i will remember the most. It was passionate and very educating and its so much more than carving the iceball which is an art in iteslf and very fascinating to see to say the least. There’s a reason why i left my pretty clumsy carved – with the chefs knife-iceball in the back corner of my freezer many months ago..
If you want to know something about how to be a good host you should try to visit a session with Stanislav who will teach you about good hosting down to the finest details from displaying the bottle label towards the guest to clean hands.
Japanese bartending starts with the tea cermony, and there were a few books shown that we can read and learn from. Stanslav also showed us how to stir the Japanese way and of course how to shake, which takes much practise to perfect.The stirring which looks very elegant is not so easy to learn either.
I know that this session has changed many peoples view of things and i can only hope we will see another session next year.