Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

YEW’s decadent Buttered Rum (courtesy Leila Kwok).

Sugar, spice and everything nice – the holidays wouldn’t taste as sweet without the palate-popping flavours of peppermint candy canes, creamy hot chocolate and spicy gingerbread. When these treats are enhanced by rum, sparkling wine, chocolate liqueur and other boozy indulgences, the yum factor rockets to a whole new level. Inside Vancouver’s seventh annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl unearths some of the tastiest candy-inspired cocktails in the city so you, dear reader, can easily find a festive brew to suit your tastes. For more cocktail inspo, view previous versions of the Crawl here. Happy holidays!

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

Inside Vancouver’s Sixth Annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl Goes Global

Photos edited by Nicole Havers

Manhattan. The Toronto. French 75. The Vancouver (natch). Wherever your imbibing pleasures take you, we guarantee you’ve bumped into a global cocktail.

But the world is a big place. And that’s why, for this year’s Christmas Cocktail Crawl, we’ve travelled from Vancouver to Peru, London, Paris, New York and Toronto – all without leaving our glasses. From newly crafted originals to lesser-known standbys, here are five global cocktails guaranteed to satisfy your wanderlust.

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Inside Vancouver’s Sixth Annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl Goes Global

Elegant and Intoxicating: An Ode to Classic Cocktails in Vancouver

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The following article was submitted by Tourism Vancouver staffer, Sonu Purhar.

Fancy infusions, liquid nitrogen and inventive ice… these days, it’s par for the course to find your coupe filled with a (damn delicious) work of art – but let’s not forget from whence they came. Yes, I’m talking about The Classic Cocktail.

As with any historical certainty, no one is certain when and where the cocktail originated. What we can agree on is that these stimulating brews traditionally consisted of spirits, sugar and bitters. By the mid-1800s, liqueur had joined as the fourth horseman. And shortly thereafter, the first genuine “cocktails” were born, including our friends the Sazerac, Old Fashioned and Manhattan. If it weren’t for these forerunners, you’d be sipping on bitter bathtub gin.

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Elegant and Intoxicating: An Ode to Classic Cocktails in Vancouver

Three things to do during B.C. Craft Beer Month 2014

A flight of Persephone Brewing Company beer. Carolyn Ali photo.

A flight of Persephone Brewing Company beer. Carolyn Ali photo.

October is B.C. Craft Beer Month, and that means…a very good excuse to drink beer.

But really—Vancouver is buzzing with beer-related events over the next few weeks, and the barley glitterati will be out in full force. Here’s a quick rundown on the local highlights of the annual month celebrating the best in British Columbian beer.

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Three things to do during B.C. Craft Beer Month 2014