Hanky Panky

The classic Hanky Panky cocktail created by Ada Coleman, the head bartender at the London Savoy’s groundbreaking American Bar from 1903 to 1926. Joanne Sasvari photo

As bar manager of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, Ada Coleman created this simple, yet complex cocktail that is considered one of the great classics. Don’t be tempted to skip the orange peel garnish – it’s what magically ties all the flavours together

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You go, girl

Sexual harassment, Speed Rack and the realities of being a woman bartender

Ada Coleman, head bartender of The American Bar at the Savoy in London from 1903 to 1926. Contributed photo

You’ve come a long way, baby – or have you?

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Vancouver #2

The Vancouver #2, Grant Sceney’s update on the Vancouver classic.

Before the team at Botanist installed the bar top, creative beverage director Grant Sceney “bought a drink for the next generation of bartenders” by embedding a bottled cocktail, a handwritten note and a copy of the first bar menu inside the bar itself. This is the cocktail they left for the future: an updated version of the classic Vancouver cocktail. “We’ve made the Vancouver Cocktail as Vancouver as we can,” says Sceney.

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Botanist stirs things up

With its own cocktail lab, this new bar is set to launch an era of innovation in Vancouver

Creative beverage director Grant Sceney with a Vancouver #2. Dan Toulgoet photo

Bored with the same old watering holes? Well, you’re in luck, because Botanist is getting ready to shake up Vancouver’s cocktail scene.

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Joy’s Cocktail

Joy’s Cocktail. Appleton Estate photo

This refreshing patio-sipper of a cocktail is created by Appleton Estate master blender Joy Spence.

Ingredients:
• Slice of orange
• 1 oz (30 mL) Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
• 3 oz (90 mL) ginger ale
• 5 drops Angostura bitters
• Slice of orange peel to garnish

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From Jamaica to Vancouver

A visit from the queen of rum

Appleton Estate master blender Joy Spence with her masterpiece, the Joy Anniversary Blend rum. Appleton Estate photo

“When people taste it, the first word you hear is, ‘Whoa,’” says Joy Spence, smiling. I take a sip. “Whoa,” I exclaim. She laughs.

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B.C.’s spirits boom: sample the best in handcrafted hooch

BC Distilled festival an opportunity to sample everything from amaro to whisky, all made right here

A selection of gins and botanicals from Vancouver Island’s Ampersand Distilling, at the 2016 BC Distilled festival. BC Distilled photo

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago, British Columbia had fewer than 10 artisan distilleries. Today, the province has at least 40, with a whole bunch more in the works.

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On the town: Science of Cocktails

Local bartenders mixed it up for charity at the annual Science of Cocktails event.

 

Gez McAlpine’s Nitro Lady took inspiration from Scotland’s Botanist Gin. Lucy-kate Armstrong photo.
Ardbeg provided the peat in the Union’s Kristi Leigh Akister’s Islay Milk Punch. Lucy-kate Armstrong photo.
Jenner Cormier mixed up classic Martinis in the style of London’s Connaught Bar. Lucy-kate Armstrong photo.
World Class Canada 2016 winner Shane Mulvany embraced chemistry to make his nitro-fuelled cocktail. Lucy-kate Armstrong photo.