Scotch Rocks Punch

Justin Taylor’s Scotch Rocks Punch. Dan Toulgoet photo

This flavourful punch was created by Justin Taylor, general manager of The Cascade Room.

• 1 bottle (750 mL) blended scotch
• 1 cup Cynar amaro
• 1 cup apricot brandy
• 1 cup oleo saccharum
• 1 Tbsp Angostura bitters
• 4 cups cold water

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Punch it up with oleo saccharum

This ancient ingredient adds zest to your party drinks

Before you start, assemble your ingredients. Dan Toulgoet photo

Holiday entertaining is right around the corner and having a couple of easy, bold and delicious punch recipes on hand will really help set any party off on the right foot. It all starts with oleo saccharum.

Now, you might be wondering: What the heck is oleo saccharum? It is the Latin term for “oil sugar,” an ingredient that will change your home bartending.

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Graveyard Flip

The Graveyard Flip. Photo courtesy of Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar

Created by Wyeth Maiers, bar manager at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar.

Meringue:
• 3 egg whites
• 1 oz crème de cassis

Cocktail:
• 0.75 oz Evan Williams bourbon
• 0.25 oz Fernet Branca
• 2 tsp Laphroaig 10 Year Old single malt whisky
• 0.75 oz lemon juice
• 0.5 oz maple syrup
• 1 dash Angostura bitters
• 1 egg yolk
• Garnish: Grated chocolate, granulated sugar, (optional) brandied cherries

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Lost Horizon

Lost horizon by Market at Shangri-La’s Gianluigi Bosco is inspired by the book and movie that introduced the world to the magical land of Shangri-la. Leila Kwok photo

Recipe by Gianluigi Bosco, head bartender at MARKET at the Shangri-la Hotel in Vancouver. Lost Horizon, of course, was the book and movie that introduced the world to the magical land of Shangri-la.

• 1.5 oz O5 Time Traveller tea-infused Sons of Vancouver vodka (see note)
• 1 oz semi-clarified fresh orange juice (see note)
• 0.5 oz Citrus Wine (recipe below)
• 0.5 oz Kopan Masala Syrup (recipe below)
• 5 dashes citric acid (available from gourmet shops)
• 1 egg white
• Angostura bitters, for garnish

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Bitter Berry Babble

Bitter Berry Babble. Dan Toulgoet photo

• 1.5 oz blueberry-infused Beefeater Pink (see note)
• 0.5 oz Alvear Medium Sherry
• 1 oz Campari
• 0.75 oz Martini sweet vermouth
• 2 drops saline solution
• 1 lemon zest

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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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