Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

mez8Hot on the heels of Vancouver’s Tequila Expo comes this month’s coolest spirit to have in your glass: Mezcal, the smokey-tasting cousin of Tequila made from the heart of the agave plant. Whether you’re a Mezcal aficionado or brand-new to the trend, here are seven delicious sippers for you to try… and fall in love with.

Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar

Winner of the recent Pelóton Mezcal cocktail contest at the Vancouver International Tequila Expo, Uva’s Katie Ingram romped home with the prize with an innovative creation inspired by the battles of Mexico’s Zapatista rebels. Ask Katie to tell you the epic revolutionary tale which takes in fires, fights and fermenting pineapples to create a pineapple-Mezcal shrub cocktail with a mesquite wood-toasted syrup to round out the flavours. Viva la Piña de la Muerte! Viva Katie! Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

Reflections at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Re-Opens for the Much-Anticipated Patio Season

Reflections at Vancouver's Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Image courtesy of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

May is just around the corner, and you know what that means? Patio season, people!

One luxurious spot that has been drawing a healthy amount of cocktail connoisseurs since opening in 2011, is Vancouver’s al fresco rooftop bar and lounge, Reflections. Continue reading:
Reflections at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Re-Opens for the Much-Anticipated Patio Season

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Sake Cocktails

Photo credit: Halfrain/Flickr

Photo credit: Halfrain/Flickr

This month’s hottest trend in a glass landing on new season cocktail menus across the city is Sake. Often believed to be a spirit or a wine, in fact, this delicious beverage is closer to beer than anything else, as it’s fermented with grain not distilled. Sake specialist, Miki Ellis from Aburi Restaurants explains:

“For people who’ve not tried Sake before, Sake cocktails – as long as they highlight the flavours and keep the integrity of the Sake – are a wonderful way to introduce people to it.

For people who have only tried hot Sake, you should know that’s usually fortified and blended with distilled alcohol –which is why you get a burn in the throat when you shoot it and then get a terrible hangover the next day! Sake doesn’t have to be like that and good premium Sake does not have to be expensive. ” Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Sake Cocktails

Vancouver’s Bambudda to Host Game of Thrones Pop-up

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

Westeros comes to Gastown on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 pm at Bambudda when acclaimed San Francisco bartender Matt Grippo brings a Game of Thrones themed cocktail menu pop-up  to the city. “Winter is Coming” at Bambudda will have a special cocktail menu created by Matt and the team from legendary San Francisco bar, the Blackbird. To pair with this, Bambudda’s chef Curtis Luk has designed an All Men Must Dine à la carte bar snack menu. Reservations for “Winter Is Coming” are strongly suggested and can be made either by crow or by telephone at 604-428-0301.  We spoke with Matt to find out more.

So, what inspired this Game of Thrones drinks menu?

I’m a huge fan, and a couple of the other guys at the bar are fans too. We’ve done one-off Game of Thrones drinks before in a menu of 12, then I had an idea to do a 100% Game of Thrones-inspired menu. It was a no-brainer to make it for winter and we launched this menu on December 1st at Blackbird in San Francisco. We thought it would be popular, but it’s really taken off, people seem to get a real kick out of it.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bambudda to Host Game of Thrones Pop-up

22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Two words: pace yourself.

With 22 distilleries pouring samples of gin, vodka, and other spirits, this is one event you’ll want to arrive and depart by transit.

B.C. Distilled, which returns this year on April 18, is a great opportunity to have a wee taste of what’s in those big bottles before making a commitment. It brings together 22 of the province’s leading makers of locally crafted spirits, along with a handful of artisanal beverage and food purveyors.

Here’s what will be pouring.

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22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival