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

Classy and Cost-Effective: An Ode to Apéritif Hour

photo: Pourhouse

photo: Pourhouse

The following article was written by Tourism Vancouver’s Sonu Purhar and photographed by Tourism Vancouver’s Nicole Havers.

It’s been a long day, maybe a hard one. A frantic client called and kept you on the phone for hours. You were late for an important meeting and your manager sighed in a way that made your blood run cold. Your Instagram post from last night only got three Likes. Life’s rough. And you’re not even that jazzed about happy hour, because all the cheap beer and wine is making you feel like a hungover/headachy mess.

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Classy and Cost-Effective: An Ode to Apéritif Hour

Vancouver’s Handcrafted Eggnogs

Photo: Jorden Hutchison

By Jorden Hutchison

Eggnog…it’s the quintessential holiday drink. According to a recent poll by Statistics Canada, Canadians consume more than eight million litres of eggnog during the holiday season. And while store-bought eggnog might taste good, it can contain as many as fifteen not-so-wholesome ingredients like heavy cream, excessive amounts of sugar, artificial flavours and butter.

This holiday season, I set out on a search to explore Vancouver’s handcrafted eggnog scene. I went to a handful of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants – each known for serving great cocktails – and met the notable bartenders who create this festive brew. And while each drink was unique, one thing remained the same: they featured far less ingredients than store-bought versions yet ten times the flavour. So gather your friends and loved ones (19 years or older, of course) and follow this tasty Yuletide trail.

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Vancouver’s Handcrafted Eggnogs

Discounts and Free Drinks at the Gastown Shop Hop Nov. 17

Party with the cool kids this Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Gastown Shop Hop when the neighbourhood’s premier boutiques will stay open late for an evening of free drinks and appies, plus worthwhile discounts. On top of the in-store deals, participating boutiques are handing out vouchers (with purchases) to Gastown restaurants including The Irish Heather, Salt Tasting Room, Judas Goat Taberna, Sea Monstr Sushi, Pourhouse and Lamplighter.

Gastown’s fall edition of the Shop Hop has more stores participating than ever. Discounts vary. Find out more about participating boutiques and deals after the jump. Continue reading:
Discounts and Free Drinks at the Gastown Shop Hop Nov. 17

Vancouver In A Day: Whale Watching & Nightlife

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

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Vancouver In A Day: Whale Watching & Nightlife