TASTE Winter 2022-23

CHARLENE ROOKE Vancouver-based drinks journalist Charlene Rooke is a Certified Specialist of Spirits and a nominated educator for the WSET’s new Spirits Level 3 course. She is the lead judge of the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition and trained in craft distilling at Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

DIRTY TEQUILA MARTINI 1½ oz (45 ml) El Jimador Reposado Tequila

GINGER OLD-FASHIONED 1-in (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into ¼-in (0.5 cm) coins 1 tsp (5 ml) maple syrup 2 oz (30 ml) Angel’s Envy Bourbon 2 to 3 dashes ginger bitters candied ginger or ginger candy (such as Gin-Gins or Chimes), for garnish In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, use a muddler to crush fresh ginger until its fibers break down and it releases

½ oz (15 ml) dry white vermouth 1 oz (30 ml) olive brine ¼ oz (7 ml) jalapeño brine 1 tsp (5 ml) flavour enhancer, such as Accent (optional) 1 lemon or lime wedge salt, seasoned salt or chili-lime

seasoning (such as Tajin), to rim glass cocktail olives or jalapeño, for garnish Fill the bottom of a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, vermouth, both brines and flavour enhancer. Stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until drink is thoroughly chilled and flavour enhancer is dissolved. Run citrus wedge around Martini or coupe glass rim then dip into a saucer of salt or seasoning to coat. Strain drink into rimmed glass and serve. Garnish with an olive or jalapeño.

fresh juice. Add syrup, bourbon and bitters, then fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed and chilled, up to 30 seconds. Taste and, if desired, add more ginger bitters, shaking to incorporate. Strain through

a fine cocktail sieve into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger or ginger candy.

To warm up the whisky in your Old- Fashioned cocktail, try accenting an opulent port-cask-matured Kentucky bourbon with zesty ginger notes, delivered through fresh ginger root, a whimsical candied garnish and cocktail bitters. Bottles of BC-made cocktail bitters such as Rootside Ginger Lemon or Twisted & Bitter Ginger make great holiday stocking stuffers, too! Embrace the Dirty Martini trend in a hot new way: with a tequila twist and spiked with jalapeño brine, made even more savoury with a dash of flavour enhancer (find it in the spice aisle).

ANGEL’S ENVY KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY USA $79.99 205144 Since its maturation finishes in port wine casks, this bourbon complements the typical caramel- corn and vanilla notes with berry and cherry accents, plus a long finish featuring nut and citrus.

EL JIMADOR REPOSADO TEQUILA Mexico $36.99 460360 This well-priced oak-aged tequila has earthy, spicy notes from carefully roasted 100 percent blue agave plants, double-distilled for smoothness.



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