Why the highball is our enduring summer cocktail of choice.
When it’s hot and sticky out, who’s really up for making fancy cocktails? Not me.
That’s why summer time is highball time. The highball is the quintessential two-ingredient cocktail: spirits and soda, gussied up with ice and maybe a lemon wheel or a sprig of mint if you want to get fancy.
Purists insist on Goslings Black Seal rum, but in fact, any good quality dark rum will work in this satisfyingly spicy drink. Try one of the new made-in-B.C. craft ginger beers for zingy home-grown flavour.
• 2 oz dark rum such as Goslings Black Seal • 4 oz chilled ginger beer • Optional: 1 to 2 dashes Angostura bitters • Lime wedge
In a highball glass filled with cubes of ice, add the rum and top with ginger beer. If you like, add a dash or two of bitters. No need to stir; the bubbles should do the work for you. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serves 1.
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This award-winning cocktail was created by Chiara Fung, premium bartender at H Tasting Lounge at The Westin Bayshore.
• 2 oz Stolichnaya Premium Vodka
• 1.25 oz fresh lemon juice
• 1 oz charred pineapple cordial (see recipe below)
• 1 oz pineapple jam (see recipe below)
• Garnish: dehydrated pineapple slice, pineapple leaves
Shake ingredients with ice and double-strain into a double rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with dehydrated pineapple slice and two pineapple leaves. Serves 1.
This tiki-inspired cocktail created by Dylan Williams, premium bartender at H Tasting Lounge at The Westin Bayshore, offers a nostalgic nod to the days when the Bayshore was home to the tropical Trader Vic’s restaurant.
• 1.5 oz fresh pineapple juice
• 0.5 oz fresh orange juice
• 0.25 oz charred pineapple falernum (see recipe below)
• 1.75 oz pandan coconut syrup (see recipe below)
• Ms Betters Pineapple Star Anise bitters
• 2 oz Flor de Cana 7 Year Old rum
• Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg
Place all ingredients in a tiki mug and fill halfway with shaved ice; swizzle, then fill with more shaved ice. Grate fresh nutmeg over top and serve with a straw. Serves 1.
Yuzu (aka. citrus junos) is a rare hybrid citrus fruit popular in Japan that has been historically cultivated as a herbal remedy. Prized by bartenders, the fruit’s aroma and flavour offers a rare and complex blend of lime, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin orange.
• 1oz of Shin Premium Yuzu Wine
• 1oz Vanilla Vodka
• 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
• 1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
• 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
Shake with ice and serve in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
It might be called EAT! Vancouver, but we’re here for the drinks.
Which is why we were thrilled to discover that the annual foodie festival is returning to Vancouver Nov. 5-10 with more than 37 acclaimed chefs and 18 events, including a luxurious all-new cognac event.
• 1.5 oz Queensborough Gin
• 0.5 oz dry vermouth
• 0.5 oz maple syrup
• 2 dashes aromatic bitters
• 5 fresh blueberries
• 3 lime wedges
• 1 mint sprig
• Tonic water
Add bitters, blueberries and limes into the glass and muddle them. Add Queensborough gin and dry vermouth and stir. Add ice cubes and top up with tonic. Add some crushed ice to the top of the glass and garnish with some blueberries and mint.