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WHAT’S TRENDING ON THE BAR SCENE FOR FALL? I’ve been seeing a lot of aged cocktails, and making your own infusions seems to be making a comeback.
WHERE IN THE CITY DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR GREAT COCKTAILS?
The Stock Room in Yaletown is one I’ve been to a few times, and the folks at Grapes & Soda are geniuses—they do some nice stuff. But one of my favourite bars in town to sit alone and have a cocktail at is Blue Water Café. WHAT IS A MUST-TRY COCKTAIL AT ACQUAFARINA? The Gambling Witch. The glass is washed with olive oil and it’s made with Bénédictine, rye, Strega and lemon and is served in a coupe glass. It has a beautiful mouthfeel. WHAT IS A MUST-TRY COCKTAIL AT PER SE SOCIAL CORNER? The Pistachio Flow. Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, oloroso sherry, pistachio syrup, lime and egg white.
FALL SPRITZ 3 to 4 blackberries 1½ oz (45 ml) Boodles London Dry Gin ½ oz (15 ml) St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur ¼ oz (7 ml) honey water * ¼ oz (7 ml) Orgeat 1 oz (30 ml) coconut water soda water, to top blackberry and mint, for garnish In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries, then add gin, elderflower liqueur, honey water, Orgeat and coconut water. Shake then double- strain into a double-rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with fresh blackberries and mint.
BOODLES LONDON DRY GIN United Kingdom $27.99 91603 Made from English wheat and a blend of botanicals including sage, rosemary and nutmeg, Boodles has a classic London Dry juniper-led flavour with a mellow yet herbal quality on the palate.
ST-GERMAIN ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR France $49.99 874107 Made from fresh, hand-picked elderflowers grown in the foothills of the French Alps, this exquisite liqueur offers wonderfully floral and fruity fragrances of elderflower, peach, pear and grapefruit.
* 1:1 ratio of honey dissolved in boiling water. Allow to cool before using.
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