National Caesar Day is May 19th – Here are 5 of Vancouver’s Favourites

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Cafe Medina’s spin on the Caesar

Canadians love their clamato juice cocktails any time of year, or day, but it’s Thursday, May 19th where you’ll want to hit some of these local bars and restaurants for their take on Canada’s classic. Hail-yes Caesar! Continue reading:
National Caesar Day is May 19th – Here are 5 of Vancouver’s Favourites

Vancouver Bartenders Create New Spring Cocktails With Local Spirits

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Shaun Layton of Juniper in his natural habitat.

Some of the city’s best barkeeps are serving up spring in a glass, using locally-made mixers, tinctures and elixirs, and of course world-class spirits. We caught up with a few, who shared their secret recipes, and where you can enjoy them. Continue reading:
Vancouver Bartenders Create New Spring Cocktails With Local Spirits

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

New Prohibition bar opens at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

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Head mixologist Robyn Gray hard at work at Prohibition’s Feb. 10 preview. Robyn Hanson photo.

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is already known to foodies for Hawksworth Restaurant, and to tipplers for its 1927 Lobby Lounge. With its Feb. 12 launch date, the downtown Vancouver hotel is on its way to becoming known for another destination – Prohibition.

With its name, elegant decor and subterranean location, the new locale is meant to evoke an era of early-twentieth-century decadence. The 3,000-square-foot space also promises to deliver a shot in the arm to the city’s cocktail scene with lively creations both new and vintage.

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New Prohibition bar opens at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

West’s Bartender Extraordinaire David Wolowidnyk & the Art of the Original Cocktail

West Restaurant's David Wolowidnyk & his Japan-inspired original cocktail. Photo: Dana Lynch

When I was in my early twenties, cocktails were just mixed drinks to me, a way to indulge in alcohol that felt grown-up, even though I was usually just ordering mid-nineties college-girl staples like Ameretto Sours and Cosmopolitans.

Call it the wisdom that comes with age, but I view cocktails very differently now. My cocktail palate has grown more sophisticated (though I’m still working at improving it) and I can now appreciate the art of the cocktail, the way a truly accomplished bartender and mixologist can create layers of flavour to make a beverage that is a unique taste sensation, a drink that stands on its own as its own gastronomical experience.

Skeptical that a cocktail can be all that? Then I know a man you need to meet:  West Restaurant + Bar’s bartender extraordinaire David Wolowidnyk, a master in the art of the cocktail.

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West’s Bartender Extraordinaire David Wolowidnyk & the Art of the Original Cocktail