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.
• 2 oz (60 mL) Long Table Gin
• 1 oz (30 mL) Odd Society Bitter Sweet vermouth
• 2 tsp (10 mL) Bénédictine liqueur
• 1 dash Bittered Sling Orange and Juniper Bitters
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled and diluted to your satisfaction. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist. Serves 1.
—by Grant Sceney