Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio. Jana Bizzarri photo

This cocktail by Marta Ess of Halifax, NS, won the national Patron Perfectionist cocktail. She represented Canada on the global stage in Mexico in June.

• 1.5 oz Patron Silver

• 0.75 oz Martini Rosso vermouth

• 0.75 tsp amaro (preferably Amaro Lucano)

• 1 oz pineapple juice

• 0.5 oz lime juice,

• 0.5 oz rich simple syrup (2:1)

• Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg

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Focused on hospitality

Meet the talented bar leaders at Wentworth Hospitality Group

Serving fine drinks and a warm welcome, from left: Andrew MacDonald of Homer Street Cafe; Nicola Roland at Maxine’s Café & Bar; and Nich Box at Tableau Bar Bistro. Leila Kwok photos

The restaurants in the Wentworth Hospitality Group are known for their welcoming atmosphere, friendly neighbourhood vibe and excellent food and drink. As the group’s beverage director J-S Dupuis says, “We’re elevated without the elevated price tag.”

He credits much of that to his talented team of bar managers. “When you come into the bar, you are coming into their house and they will treat you as such,” Dupuis says. “We really focus on hospitality with the leaders we have. They really understand that.”

Meet the team leading the bars at Homer Street Cafe, Maxine’s Café & Bar and Tableau Bar Bistro.

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Pathfinder

James Grant’s Pathfinder. Jana Bizzarri photo

Recipe created by Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year James Grant.

• 1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label

• 1 oz Umé Shu plum wine

• 0.5 oz maple green tea cordial (see note)

• 1 dash cardamom bitters

• 3oz club soda

• Garnish: sprig of rosemary, optional candied pine cone.

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Lyre’s has arrived

Drink your way with the world’s most awarded non-alcoholic spirits

Photo courtesy of Lyre’s

The world’s best bartenders shake and stir with them. Michelin-starred restaurants create inventive drinks with them. And now Lyre’s, the world’s most awarded non-alcoholic spirits, have arrived in Canada. 

Today, no- or low-alcohol riffs on the Negroni, Martini, Daiquiri and other cocktail classics are as on-trend as their spirit-forward counterparts—and every bit as delicious. They can be the star of your next cocktail party or your next Wednesday night in. With sophisticated, complex flavour profiles that pay homage to the spicy, bitter and sharp notes of classic cocktails, Lyre’s gives you the freedom to drink your way. 

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Lyre’s Daiquiri

Photo courtesy of Lyre’s

This classic Daiquiri offers a perfect balance of sweet and sour. In fact, when one achieves the correct combination of white cane spirit to lime, the result is one of the freshest beverages in the known universe.

• 1.5 oz Lyre’s White Cane Spirit

• 0.75 oz simple syrup (1:1)

• 1 oz lime juice

• Pinch salt (optional)

• Garnish: lime zest

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Rose Grapefruit Spritz

Photo courtesy of Glendalough Gin

Garden party in a glass

This is the season of celebrations, of graduations, weddings, reunions, garden parties and festive brunches. It’s also the season of light, fresh drinks best enjoyed outdoors.

Bringing all that together is a new rose-flavoured gin from Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery. Head distiller Rowdy Rooney created it to honour his late mother, Rose—and used rose petals she planted herself, along with wild roses, mountain herbs and other botanicals. It’s beautifully floral and complex, perfect with tonic or citrus in a spritz. Find Glendalough Rose Gin at private retailers for a suggested price of $58.

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A sweet win for Vancouver’s own Bitter Babe

Lauren Mote honoured with Spirited Award for mentorship at Tales of the Cocktail

Lauren Mote was named Best International Bar Mentor at 2022’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of Tales of the Cocktail.

To Vancouverites, Lauren Mote may be best known as the co-founder of Bittered Sling Bitters and, for a while at least, a vibrant presence behind some of the city’s best bars. But worldwide she is renowned for her work as a mentor, educator and driving force for a better, more inclusive cocktail world.

Now all her hard work and passion has been recognized by her peers at the annual Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. On July 28, at the 16th Annual Spirited Awards, Mote was named Best International Bar Mentor.

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Sweet taste of success

The Watermelon Drink at JOEY uses Simps’ fresh mint syrup. Photo courtesy of JOEY Restaurants.

Since 2015, star bartenders Dave Simpson and Gerry Jobe have quietly been building a growing line of syrups, Caesar mixes, kegged cocktails and other bar supplies from their home base in Kelowna. Now Simps Modern Beverage is getting national—even international—attention for their products.

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Weekend Getaway: Denver’s 3 Best Drink Districts

The Deviation Distilling space was formerly a firehouse. Reece Sims photo

If you’re someone who frequents Gastown, wears oversized glasses ironically, has at least a half sleeve of tattoos, or simply possesses a potent appreciation for craft cocktails, then Denver, Colorado is a must-visit destination.

Just a quick 2 hour 45 minute direct flight from Vancouver, the Mile-High City has become a haven for hipsters. Here we explore three of the most delicious neighbourhoods in this up-and-coming cocktail destination.

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Orange liqueur

Getty Images photo. Beat the Triple Sec shortage by making your own orange liqueur. Getty Images photo

Short of triple sec? Make your own

It seems there will be no end to the supply chain issues that have drained back bars of essential spirits these past two years. This summer, for instance, it looks like we’re facing a shortage of Aperol, just in time for spritz season, so drink up while you can.

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