Negronis All Around! Next Week, Give Back By Drinking Up

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The following article was submitted by Tourism Vancouver Staffer Sonu Purhar, Manager, Communications.

Ah, Negroni Week – a blissful seven days when your cocktail addiction benefits humanity. Starting June 6 and running ‘til the 12th, proceeds from Negronis sold at more than 30 bars and restaurants around Vancouver will go towards charities selected by each venue.

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Negronis All Around! Next Week, Give Back By Drinking Up

Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part II

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Photos by Nicole Havers and Jorden Hutchison

Missed Part I? Catch up here, then read on.

Stop 1: UVA Wine Bar

uvaNot even UVA’s pulsing music, purple lights and funky décor can compete with the story behind your first smoked cocktail of the night. Ask bartender Lauren Mote why it holds special significance – you’re guaranteed a crash course in history, a geographical orientation to the Scottish highlands and one hell of a science experiment.

Cocktail The Rhapsody

Bartender Lauren Mote

Tastes like… History soaked in a sharp, smart drink. Orange and juniper bitters, courtesy of Bittered Sling, round out the smoldering scotch, though it’ll take a few moments after that first silky sip for the underlying smoke to hit you. Don’t be fooled by The Rhapsody’s innocuous golden hue – there is rich, deep history here. The base, Ardbeg Ten Years Old, is the peatiest whisky of them all and distilled on the island of Islay, Scotland – but that’s not as far as Ardbeg travelled. Back in 2011, vials of the spirit were launched into space for the world’s coolest science experiment: testing the micro-gravity of whisky production. Just like its star ingredient, this cocktail doesn’t mess around.

What makes this cocktail magical? “There’s something so mysterious about this beautifully smoky Ardbeg whisky made in Islay. It’s pretty powerful to drink a spirit that you know has been there, a spirit that was first distilled in such an ancient place. It moves me to tears, thinking that what we do every day – people have been doing it for thousands of years before us. Whiskies instantly transport you back to a time and place.” – Lauren

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Luxury Vacationers

Rosewood Suite Private Patio. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Suite Private Patio. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on exquisitely luxurious vacation experiences for the sophisticated luxury traveler who loves the finer things in life.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Luxury Vacation:
• Sunscreen & sunglasses (to enjoy the sunshine)
• A set of golf clubs (rented or your own)
• Comfortable footwear (so you can enjoy walking around downtown)
• A good quality camera with a great zoom
• A sense of adventure!

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Luxury Vacationers

Christmas Cocktail Crawl III: Literary Libations

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Photo: Conrad Fox

“I drink to make other people more interesting.” – Ernest Hemingway

Ah, Christmas. A time for peppermint-infused lattes, sparkling snowfall and – most importantly – booze-filled soirées with your nearest and dearest.

Our annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl is entering its hat trick year, and this time around there’s a movement afoot. A call to bring back the Era of the Literary Salon, when cocktails stimulated engaging conversation, inspired philosophical debate and, as the evening progressed, created masters of the universe out of mere drinkers.

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl III: Literary Libations