Ideal Master Class

Last 20th of May we had the pleasure of directing a masterclass for the Girona’s School of Hostelry students. The masterclass was conducted by our barmans Manel Roldán and Sergi Sánchez and it consisted of teaching the students the elaborations of some classic cocktails as well as the history of such cocktails. We leave you here a selection of photos from the class and the history of the origins of the classic Manhattan cocktail.



The Manhattans cocktail Origins

The mother of Winston Churchill is credited with its invention in the New York City’s Manhattan Club, which was before the Empire State Building was actually build, the day celebrating the election of his friend, Samuel Jones Tilden, as governor of New York. Lady Randolph Churchill (Jennie Jerome) was born in Broooklyn and was a woman of remarkable beauty, with a very intense and hectic life: he married three times and had a significant influence on the political career of his son. He died after falling over a ladder because of some high heels that were quite unsuitable for walking.
In the book Valentine’s Manual of New York (1923), the bartender of New York’s Hofftman House mentions a man named “Black”, the supposedly owner of a gambling den on Broadway, as its inventor.
Another story, according to an article in a journal of Winconsin, puts its creation in 1899 on a ship that sailed the Mississippi River. Colonel Joe Walker, who was traveling with friends from New York, mixed whiskey and vermouth, which were the only drinks they had, and came to New Orleans, and once perfected the mix, he named it “Manhattan” in honor their friends.

Divine Barcelona

Last week we were featured in Barcelona Divina magazine. We were in a top 5 of the best cocktail bars of Barcelona which were challenged to create de “Barcelona Divina’s Cocktail”. Our barman Manel was inspired by the uniqueness and explosiveness of this city to create his cocktail Barcelona Divina, in it he mixed the citric of oranges and limes, the sweetness of cinnamon and strawberries and the final touch was the adding of a spicy chile all of that mixed in Mezcal. Manel defined it like:

“This is a refreshing cocktail, fruity, with smokey and spicy details and with a slightly peppery final touch”.

Here we leave you the ingredients as well as the elaboration if you want to try it at home!



  • 5cl of White Mezcal from Ágave Espadín
  • 1/4 of orange
  • 2cl of cinnamon and chile syrup
  • 3.5cl of strawberry purée
  • 2cl of lime juice

Put in a shaker the chopped orange and pestle it, after that add the rest of the ingredients with quite a lot of ice. It will be served shaked in an individual jar with enough crushed ice. To decorate put a piece of pink grapefruit and a piece of papaya, both of them dehydrated.

LXII Catalonia’s Mixology Championship

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Las 15th of May we had the pleasure of being part of the LXII Catalonia’s Mixology Championship jury in the Barman and Young Barman categories. The championship took place at the Terraza del Duquesa and the jury was formed by professionals of the mixology world as well as professors of the Hostelry School of Catalonia.
The winners were Sergi Sánchez (from our very own Ideal Cocktail Bar) in the Young Barman category and Julio Montero (from the Torre Rosa cocktail bar) in the Barman category, congratulations to the winners, we’d like to thank all the participants and people who came to enjoy this event and a special thank you to the sponsors for the help!
Here we leave a selection of photos from the day, to see the rest go here