Cuban Blues (including a zero-proof version)

Cuban Blues by Cam Brown can also be made as a zero-proof cocktail. Dan Toulgoet photo

REGULAR VERSION: 
• 1.5 oz Havana Club 3 rum
• 0.5 oz Cointreau
• 0.25 oz Green Chartreuse
• 0.75 oz blueberry, banana, basil orgeat (see note)
• 0.75 oz lime juice

ZERO-PROOF VERSION:
• 2 oz Seedlip Grove
• 0.25 oz Seedlip Garden
• 2 dashes non-alcoholic orange bitters
• 2 drops saline solution
• 0.75 oz blueberry, banana, basil orgeat (see note)
• 0.75 oz lime juice

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Purple rain

Purple Rain by Cam Brown uses BC Blueberries. Dan Toulgoet photo

• 1.5 oz Beefeater London Dry Gin
• 0.75 oz blueberry and black pepper milk syrup (see note below)
• 0.75 oz lemon juice
• 0.25 oz Noe Pedro Ximenez Sherry
• 1 oz egg white
• Topped with soda

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Blue Rose Sour

The Blue Rose Sour was created by James Grant at Black Lodge. Supplied photo

This aquafaba-based fizz-style cocktail was created by mixologist James Grant at Black Lodge.

• 1.5 oz gin
• 0.75 oz Bols Blue liqueur
• 1 oz lemon juice concentrate
• 0.5 oz simple syrup
• 1.5 oz aquafaba (chickpea water)
• 1 to 2 oz soda water

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Vegan Irish Cream

Angie Quaale’s Vegan Irish Cream is a delicious low-carb vegan treat. Supplied photo

This recipe by Well Seasoned owner Angie Quaale is a tasty, low-carb vegan treat.

• 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut cream
• 0.5 can (about 6.75 oz) coconut milk
• 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
• 0.5 cup Lakanto Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener or coconut sugar
• 1 Tbsp espresso powder
• Pinch of salt
• 1 cup Irish whiskey (or to taste)

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Limoncello

Justin Taylor’s Limoncello. Dan Toulgoet photo

This simple liqueur from Justin Taylor is a great after-dinner sipper, but also makes a thoughtful host gift.

• 1 cup oleo saccharum
• 1 cup vodka

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Up to date

The Up to Date cocktail, created by Rob Scope, lead bartender at Homer Street Cafe.

In this updated classic, Homer Street Café lead bartender Rob Scope uses Lot 40 rye whisky for its bold flavours of spice and oak. The light, dry notes of Manzanilla sherry complement the rye, Grand Marnier adds a touch of orange and Angostura marries all the flavours together.

Adapted from Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks, 1916 edition. Ensslin was the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York City’s Times Square, and gained fame from publishing the first version of the Aviation cocktail.

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Absinthe Mojito

Jeremie Dyck photo

Okanagan Spirits’ anise-flavoured take on the Cuban classic.

• 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 6 mint leaves
• 1 oz Taboo Absinthe
• 1 cup crushed ice
• Sparkling water
• Garnish: 1 lime wheel

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Bohemian Mule

Jakub Janco photo

At Arbutus Distillery, they use their own house-made ginger beer, but any good commercial one would work as well.

• 1 oz Baba Yaga Absinthe
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
• Ginger beer

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