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Paris Christofides

Paris Christofides

Paris Christofides is a World traveler, a connoisseur of lifestyle and a perceiver of situations. He has the charisma of seeing through things but seeing things coming in the future as trends although often creating trends! He is an extremely creative person capable of putting things together in a unique manner and has a way to present simple things in a stunning way. He is highly communicative and a people’s person thus a good trainer. He is flexible and adaptable coming from being a gypsy and an aristocrat the same time. His trade is being a consultant on food/drink and music, design and atmosphere, organization and management, personality coaching and…concepts, concepts, concepts!

Website URL: http://www.parischristofides.com Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Drinking Bourbon knowing the tradition of Elliah Graig , the father of Bourbon, is a good idea"

Dinos Kleovoulou

 

I wished more ambassadors will knock on the door with new bottles in their hands!

Dinos Kleovoulou from Greece started bartending from a young age and established himself through competitions and long shifts at reputable bars all over Greece, London, Cyprus. He is now acquainted and a collaborator with the industry’s top mixologists and through his travels he has extended his knowledge on spirits and bar techniques. He is sharing his valuable experiences and knowledge by giving seminars, presentations, organized bartender’s competitions and has been a judge too.

Dinos is responsible for many bar lists in the scene and has been training bartenders to reach higher goals.

 

 

He has been recruited to represent reputable brands amongst others, Gin Mare, Diplomatico, Real, Finest call, San Miquel, Koval, Bitter Truth and more lately Elliah Graig. 

It was a pleasure to spend time with Dinos where he talked about Bourbon and he has prepared some cocktails for Speakeasyhacker just after breakfast!

The classic Old fashion with a twist where he used Eliah Graig bourbon, orange and chocolate biters, Bitter Truth’s Golden Falernum, and maple syrup, strired and garnished with an orange twist.

 

 

The surprise of the morning drinking session was made by Dino’s version of the classic Boulevardier with the twist of the day! Elliah Graig Bourbon, Pambelle, Dolin rouge, stirred and garnished with fresh grapefruit

 

 

Light, refreshing, fruity and so pleasantly opening into your mouth while sipping this simple combination of Pampelle with tonic and a generous grapefruit segment ! Perfect drink for any occasion. I have tried the Pampelle as in a spritzer and was delighted but this one won the audience!  Thanks Dinos and come again with more goodies!

 

 

A Bourbon Story

in Booze
on: 13 March 2019

Elijah Craig (1800) is often referred to as the inventor of bourbon whiskey (!), although rather dubiously for this credit according to some. He was a Baptist preacher in Virginia, educator but an entrepreneur in the area of Virginia that later became the state of Kentucky. 

In late 17th century Elijah Craig founded a distillery and sometimes claimed to be the first to age whiskey in charred oak casks which leads to giving a rather red color and a different taste to the whiskey. Lots of confusing information of those times indicates that the distillery was not in the bourbon county nor that his whiskey was unique nor that he practiced charring of the aging barrels as the brand claims. It could be that the distillery entered the Bourbon county when it was formed in 1785. 

American whiskey authority Charles Kendrick Cowdery believes Elijah Craig was making exactly the same kind of whiskey as most of his contemporaries. 

However, whether true or not, today Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. is an American, private family-owned and operated distillery founded in 1935 and headquartered in  Kentucky and uses the same methods and traditions as in 200 years ago used by Elijah Graig using local corn milled and mixed with Kentucky spring water, rich in limestone, fermented and distilled.

The Elijah Graig is a premium and super premium bourbon featuring the original small batch straight bourbon and aged, straight from the barrel.

The original small batch straight Bourbon Whiskey.

The unfiltered aged and straight from the barrel.

The 18 year old bottled solely from one barrel.

The 23 year old rarely allowed to age for that long in Kentucky.

An interesting collection of bourbons with character and a lot to say while tasting the different bottles! Best to mark an occasion with the 23 year old, full of oak touches, vanilla, subtle and with a specific taste of an exceptionally balanced bourbon!

 

 

Butterfly pea flower or leaf tea is derived from a plant, common to most South East Asian countries. Brewed for centuries but only recently been introduced to tea drinkers outside the indigenous area. 

For example in Thailand and Vietnam, the butterfly blue pea flower tea is commonly mixed with honey and lemon for a drink usually served after dinner, or as a refreshment at hotels and spas. The tea is found in both hot and cold varieties, where the cold version is often mixed with honey, mint, cinnamon, passion fruit, and ginger.

 

 

 

Butterfly pea flower tea retains many of the medicinal properties while it extracts the deep blue color of the petals that has made the plant a popular dye for centuries. 

Trendy aspect when added to liquid, is the fact that the liquid changes color based on the pH level of the substance added to it. When you add lemon juice to the tea  it will turn purple. This makes it an attractive ingredient in the cocktails. Bartenders are increasingly introducing it as by just adding a lemon slice in front of the guests it creates an interactive color-changing experience. Another method is to freeze the tea into ice cubes and add them to drinks, causing swirling color changes as the cubes melt.

 

 

Teas are believed to treat illnesses and supplement nutrition. The butterfly pea flower has some nutritional values when added to drinks

1. When steeped the butterfly pea flower releases antioxidants much like green tea. Antioxidants help your body lower risk of infections, and is great for your heart health.

2. Butterfly pea tea is known for its beautiful colors but funnily enough what’s less known is its ability to preserve beauty. The blue flower has been studied to show that it helps combat wrinkles and protects your skin from premature aging.

3. Feeling a headache coming on? Butterfly pea tea is proven to help alleviate pain through its analgesic properties.

4. Fights internal inflammation. The tea helps reduce inflammation in the body as well as symptoms such as breakouts or rashes.

5. The flower has also been known to revitalize the brain. With an onset of nutrients and energizing properties, the flower helps brain health while keeping you feeling energized.

 

BARTENDER’S CHALLENGE – Calling all bartenders!

1. Create a cocktail using the Butterfly Pea flower.

2. Email the recipe,  a photo of the drink, your own photo, name and address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The recipes will be reviewed by 5 mixologists from 5 different countries and the winner will get a full presentation on speakeasyhacker.com as well as a surprise!

Final date for submissions 31rst of March 2019.

 

Birdman Japanese Pub!

on: 26 November 2018

A long bar with two ways in and out brings together all sorts at all times. The place is Japanese contemporary and overcrowded if you don’t get to seat at the bar. Everyone squeezes to pass by and the waiting staff is forever smiling trying to say ‘I’m sorry may I pass?”. Behind the bar there are about 10 people as some 4 chefs are working on top of each other, a bartender, a cashier, some waitresses and a responsible person all interchanging  in an effort to provide an efficient service.

 

 

Birdman is a new pub with Japanese small bites in Athens like any other modern Yakitori restaurant in hip cities of the world but much more, it refers to places in New York to me. The buzz is superb, the music is jazzy, funky, rock eclectic perhaps, but what amused me was the placement of two vinyl players and a mixer with loads of vinyls to be played but only 60 cm space was available for a supposed dj to stand on top of the cashier to spin vinyl records. I wish I had experience that. I noticed a compilation of Miles Davies on top of the record player, it would have been nice! Oh and a contrast as there was a little robot on top of the vinyl players! So cool!

Do not take me wrong, Birdman is an innovation for Athens and an alternative bar or pub as they call themselves. It opened in July/August 2018. There is quality in the glasses and the ice, an extensive collection of whiskies from Japan, America, Scotland and more, Gin and tonics to be included in the trend, some classic cocktails, sake and less beers. The list is well thought.

The food items were in groups of bites, greens, yakitory, some signature bites and a couple of sweets all beautiful and so, so tasty! Birdman says "our yakitori skewers are caramelized at 500 degrees Celsius over a cast iron grill under a bed of natural lava rocks!". Mushidori, Tsukume and Kaburi compiled the bites of the night alongside draught Asahi beer and Nikka Coffey Gin and tonics.

 

 

Why go there –It’s a bar, a nice bar, with some bites, very good bites, light and it’s good eating. You are looked after by so many skilled people right in front of you. It is an experience and a change from a typical night out at a seat down meal. Keep it simple!

Hint – Pair the Hibiki whisky with the meaty bites of the menu.

 

 

Birdman
Skoufou 2/Voulis 35
Athens

Not very new but probably Athens most preferred bar with food for all the times. A spectacular bar with people from the morning till late at night. The place features perhaps 3 bars well stocked for innovative cocktails the Athenian way! Athens is probably a cocktail town featuring many celebrated specializing bars and people are supporting this scene by always going out thus making their town constantly busy all days of the week. 

Feeling this buzz we entered the world of Noel as if it’s always Xmas! Heavy curtains and ornated ceilings with lush chandeliers and old paintings on the walls all add to a spectacle everywhere you look. Don’t try to analyze the exact era or location or the authenticity of the interiors portrait, as you will be confused. Simply take Noel as it is, a creation of a busy atmosphere transitions with impressions of a classic 18th century perhaps tea room or else! Alternatively be in Havana or Rio, Paris or Venice all in one place called NOEL in Athens!

We went there for brunch with no booking and as there were no available tables we sat at the bar which we love. We had the ‘Eggs Noel’ with sautéed spinach, baby asparagus, prosciutto, parmesan, poached eggs and truffle oil and ‘Eggs Benedict’ with green salad. Accompanied by 3 types of bread and country styled fries we enjoyed every bit of it. The brunch was followed by coffee and more drinks later…and more good cocktails by the early evening!

 

 

Highness (Masticha, lemon, cardamom, mango and thyme)

 

The music was eclectic as in most bars in Athens probably most trying to please the same audience and portrait vintage jazzy or remixed lifestyle tunes from Italy, France and South America although Noel added references to Greek music too.

Although the service was confusing as the scene was one of so many people looking after so many people…, we were lifted by the buzz of the place and the fact that we stepped in a whole new world in the heart of Athens.

Why go there- It’s highly recommended!

 

 

NOEL
Kolokotroni 59
Athens

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