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

Hops, Scotch and Every Other Tipple You Crave this Autumn: Hopscotch Festival Returns November 20

Libations lovers rejoice: Hopscotch is here!

Libations lovers, rejoice: Hopscotch Festival sweeps over the city on Monday, November 20, bringing with it seven days and nights of enticing tipples and prime pours. Whether a sampling free-for-all at the Grand Tasting Hall or an intimate whiskey masterclass, the event shines a spotlight on spirits from around the world for scotch, craft beer, cider, wine, cocktail and spirits aficionados and newbies alike.

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Hops, Scotch and Every Other Tipple You Crave this Autumn: Hopscotch Festival Returns November 20

Five Spooky Cocktails to Scare You Silly this Halloween

Let’s get real: ghosts, vampires and witches can’t survive on blood and fear alone – after all, even the most terrifying ghoul needs a boozy pick-me-up after a haunting night on the job. This Halloween, we’ve scared up five cocktails that are just as delicious as they are disturbing, each best savoured at the bars of their origin. Inspired by spooky landscapes, horror films and exotic spooks, these drinks are sure to inject your All Hallow’s Eve with equal parts fear and fun. Happy bar haunting!

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Five Spooky Cocktails to Scare You Silly this Halloween

Made with Love: 10 Vancouver Bartenders Compete in National Competition for the Title of Canada’s Best BarChef

It’s no secret that some of the best bartenders in the world live and work right here in Vancouver – when they’re not winning or judging global competitions, of course. Now, you can witness a new wave of top talents compete on home turf during national bartending competition Made with Love. The interactive event – currently hosted in Canada, Mexico and Spain – challenges bartenders across the country to flex their cocktail creativity by shaking up innovative and exciting drinks judged by a panel of experts, as well as the public.

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Made with Love: 10 Vancouver Bartenders Compete in National Competition for the Title of Canada’s Best BarChef

Five Pride-Themed Cocktails To Drink in Support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation in Vancouver (with a recipe included!)

Summer and well-crafted cocktails pair incredibly well together. If they help further a worthy cause, the sipping is that much better.

This summer, from July 14 to August 6, 2017, in the lead-up to Vancouver’s annual Pride celebration, over 45 local bars and restaurants will be serving signature cocktails, with partial proceeds going to the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

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Five Pride-Themed Cocktails To Drink in Support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation in Vancouver (with a recipe included!)

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

Introducing the King of Cognacs: Now Available in Vancouver at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Grant Sceney | credit: Fairmont Pacific Rim

Grant Sceney | credit: Fairmont Pacific Rim

The following article was written by Tourism Vancouver’s in-house cocktail enthusiast, Sonu Purhar.

With a grand title like “Louis XIII Remy Martin Champagne Cognac”, it’s no wonder this rare variety of brandy is referred to as the King of Cognacs. There are a finite number of venues in the world granted the honour of carrying the magic elixir, each designated a “Louis XIII Fortress” – and recently, the Fairmont Pacific Rim became the first hotel in Canada to achieve the esteemed designation (the only other venue in Vancouver carrying Louis XIII is Hawksworth Restaurant).

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Introducing the King of Cognacs: Now Available in Vancouver at the Fairmont Pacific Rim