Made With Love
On March 24 at 6 pm, 17 of Toronto's best barkeeps mix off at the Liberty Grand (25 British Columbia) in one of the year's biggest cocktail competitions, Made With Love. Make your rounds and cast your vote - prizes are awarded by both judges and attendees. Tickets are $55, available online at enjoymadewithlove.com and from participating bartenders.
Old school cool
Once popular in old-school soda fountains, acid phosphate is becoming a staple behind contemporary cocktail bars. A sour alternative to citrus, it imparts no flavour but plenty of tingle and pucker.
By Extinct ($16.95/250 ml), from BYOB (972 Queen West, 416-858-2932, byobto.com) and play bar chemist.