Blue Cocktails thursdays at MACBA

Barmen of Barcelona shake the bar of the International.
The city’s best mixologist also want to join in the many acts that have been held recently in the legendary New York restaurant that Miralda and Montse Guillén have reproduced inside the Macba exhibition.

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At the end of October, the retrospective that the contemporary art museum of Barcelona has dedicated to the work that the artist produced in the United States opened its doors with the classic Blue Margarita. A cocktail that was born in the bar of this renowned restaurant which now the city’s mixologists want to pay homage.
For this reason, the next Thursday mixologists from Boadas, Caribbean Club, Fizz Bartenders, ESHOB school and Ideal Cocktail bar will offer an original blue cocktail with a tequila base created to pay tribute to the International universe.
The bartenders of the city will happily collaborate every “Thursday of Blue Cocktails”, once again, an event that celebrates the cocktails as an art of sharing ideas, experiences and culture.

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BLUE COCKTAILS THURSDAYS
MACBA – MIRALDA MADEINUSA
EL INTERNACIONAL BAR – 2nd floor
schedule 5 to 7:30 PM

Days:
Thursday 9 march – Escuela ESHOB (Students of the third TGM)
Thursday 16 march – Ideal Cocktail Bar (Josep Maria Gotarda)
Thursday 23 march – Caribbean Club (Juanjo Gonzalez)
Thursday 30 march – FIZZ Bartenders (Héctor Henche Vila)
Thursday 6 april – Boadas (Adal Marquez) – tribute to Maria Dolors Boadas

Merry Christmas from Ideal

Last tuesday as every year we celebrated at Ideal the already classic, Ideal Cocktail’s Bar Christmas party. One more year we celebrated this season with the best cocktails and cava and besides that we had a fine selection of tapas and meals made specially for the ocasion. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon just as much as we did, here we leave you a selection of pictures, if you want to see the rest go to our facebook. Happy 2017 and as you know, we’ll wait for you at Ideal Cocktail Bar!

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2016 Spanish Mixology Championship

Last sunday October the 9th it was held in Madrid the 2016 Spanish Cocktail Competition now in its 63rd edition and whose organization is in charge of the Federation of Spanish Barmans (FABE) and the Association of Barmen of Madrid. Sergi Sànchez of Ideal Cocktail Bar and Josep Maria Gotarda were there participating in it, here we leave you with a few pictures of the event

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With Alícia Barcos, Concha de Marie Brizard, Pepe Dioni president of the Spanish barmans, Javier de las Muelas and Josep María Gotarda

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.
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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.

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

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Arrels & Ideal

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Last thursday we had the pleasure of going to the inauguration event for the new shoe collection of Arrels Barcelona in which lots of creatives such as Neil Harbisson, Catalina Estrada, Hey Studio or Yoshi Sislay. have collaborated.

We are really glad to have participated in this celebration with the creation of our very own cocktail inspired by the creations of Javier and Pepe Llaudet whom day after day struggle to make real a new brand of high quality and sustainable fashion as well as (like they say) radical shoes. Here we leave you some of the pictures of the party and the recipe for the cocktail Arrels:

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Christian Escribà made this incredible cake inspired by the new collection of Arrels.

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Cocktail Arrels:

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  • 5cl gin
  • 2cl cherry brandy
  • 2cl of wild berries mash
  • 1cl lemon juice
  • >Fill with ginger Bier
  • Garnish with wild berries

2015 Christmas

Last thursday the 10th as every year we celebrated the traditional Christmas party at Ideal Cocktail Bar, the Gotarda family and his team wanted to share with customers a moment of festivity surrounded by the best company with snacks and drinks for all guests. One more year, we want to thank all the attendees for your company and we wish you a happy 2016!

Here we leave you a selection of pictures, the rest of them can be viewed in our facebook page, cheers!

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2016 year of gastronomy and wine tourism

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This past Sunday 27th the very same day that the catalan elections to the parliament in the MNAC (the National Museum of Art of Catalunya) was taking place the presentation of the year of gastronomy and wine, there we went along with Josep Roca from El Celler de Can Roca, the deudeveu choir and all the winners of the Tourism Awards of Catalunya.

The event was chaired by the highest Catalan authorities in addition to the participation of over 600 people, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, apart from delivering the Tourism Awards of Catalunya declared 2016 as the year of the Food and Wine Tourism .

This event is one of the initiatives that are part of Catalunya Regió Europea de la Gastronomía (CREG), a distinction promoted by the departments of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (DARP) and Business and Employment (DEMO) through Catalan Tourism, together with other authorities, actors and personalities of the country, they work to promote local products of Catalonia, including wine, cuisine and Catalonia’s territories.

During the celebration Catalan cuisine was exalted through the speech of Josep Roca and there was offered a tasting menu made by the School of Hostelry of Barcelona, made entirely of Catalan products and harmonized with wines from all the Catalan territories.

Here you have a photo of the event, Josep Maria Gotarda with the boys and girls from the School of Hostelry of Barcelona:

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Mi(x)ology Trends 2015

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On Tuesday September 29 Josep Maria Gotarda participated in the presentations of the first Mi(x)ology Trends 2015 congress in Madrid.

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Throughout 2014, they have been marketed in Spain around 200 million liters of spirits and 760 million euros of excise duty was raised. Spain is the third country, after Britain and France, with the highest number of direct jobs created by this industry in the whole European Union.

Mixología

Against this background that moves large quantities in the economy of Spain, born Mixogoly (X) Trends a need to educate professionals and the most international trends show event. The congress will have different areas, lecture rooms and activities.

Josep Maria Gotarda participated with the conference: “Old Fashion”, where he also collaborated with other great masters of the cocktail world such as Alberto Gómez Font, Manel Trivió, Juan Luis Recio, Cristino Álvarez, Fernando del Diego and Jesús Navarro. They explained not only the history of the cocktail but anecdotes and their very own personal experiences in the sector.

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We want to thank and congratulate the organization and we hope to meet again next year!

Jean-Luc friend’s dinner

El passat 13 de juliol ens vam reunir a la terrassa de l’hotel Duquesa de Cardona per recordar al gran xef Jean-Luc Figueres al qual vam perdre lamentablement al setembre de 2014, i quin millor homenatge que reunir-nos familiars, amics i admiradors per recordar anècdotes al voltant de bons plats i cocktails elaborats pels seus companys de professió. Per a aquest event vam crear un cocktail especial, el Sherry Julep:

Last july 13 we went to the reunion at the terrace of the Duquesa de Cardona Hotel to remember the amazing chef Jean-Luc Figueres whom we sadly lost last september, and what a best homage than reuniting familiars, friends and admirers to remember the best anecdotes surrounded by good plates and cocktails made by his peers chefs. For this event we created an special cocktail, the Sherry Julep:

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Ingredients:

6 o 8 mint leafs
1,5 cl lemon juice
1,5 cl sugar syrup
1 cl Pedro Ximenez
4 cl sherry
Crushed ice
1,5 cl soda
1 drop of bitter