Tromba Paloma

Tromba Paloma, as served at the VCW23 launch party. Canadian Cake Hospitality photo

Tromba Blanco tequila has a balanced, smooth texture on the palate with vibrant flavours of pineapple, caramel and refreshing mint.

• 1.5 oz Tromba Blanco Tequila

• 6 oz Fever-Tree Grapefruit Soda

• Juice of ½ lime

• Garnish: Grapefruit wedge

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The Godfather

Disaronno Originale and The Busker offer a classic cocktail you can’t refuse 

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It’s rare that a cocktail is made from only two ingredients, without a third to provide balance and support. It’s even rarer that a two-ingredient cocktail is so perfectly crafted that it can withstand the test of time. 

The Godfather is just that drink.

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The Godfather

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This elegant signature recipe captures the romantic spirit of the 1970s cocktail, but with less sweetness than the original.

1.5 oz The Busker Triple Cask Triple Smooth

0.75 oz Disaronno 

Garnish: orange zest

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Smoke in style

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At $434.95, the Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Smoking Box may seem like a frivolous purchase, especially when you can just follow Matthew Benevoli’s easy tips for smoking cocktails instead. But the fact that this gorgeous, Art Deco-ish gadget was designed by world champion bartender Charles Joly makes us give it a second look. It comprises a sturdy stainless-steel frame, glass sides, walnut base, handheld smoker and easy-to-use door latch, making it as ergonomic as it is stylish. Available at Williams Sonoma.

Jura Penicillin

The Jura Penicillin, as served at the VCW23 launch party. Canadian Cake Hopitality photo

The Penicillin is a modern classic. 

• 2oz Jura 12

• ¾ oz lemon juice

• ¾ oz honey syrup*

• Garnish: Candied ginger or lemon slice

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Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending. Matthew Benevoli photo

Make this cocktail at home by smoking it in a decanter. 

1 oz Courvoisier or other VSOP Cognac

1 oz Arbutus Distillery Birch Liqueur

0.5 oz medium sherry

1 tsp grapefruit oleo saccharum (see note)

2 drops saline solution (1:5 sea salt to warm water)

Hickory smoke

Garnish: dehydrated orange wheel

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Smokin’

Fire up fall’s woodsy flavour

There’s more than one way to add the autumnal aroma of smoke to cocktails. We explore your options. Matthew Benevoli photos

Fall has arrived and there’s a chill in the air, so it’s time to trade T-shirts for sweaters and cosy up with a comforting drink. Dark, boozy cocktails offering a warming feeling become our go to, and through smoking we can elevate those drinks and invoke a fireside experience.

There are many ways to smoke cocktails, using ingredients such as woods, herbs and spices, and employing anything from a lighter to culinary torches, wood planks and the handy appliance known as a smoking gun. Smoking might seem intimidating, but with the methods on the next page and some practice, you’ll soon be creating complex flavour layers in every sip. 

Whichever method you choose, practice makes perfect. Have fun experimenting—just mind those fingers!  

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Black Pine Social

Discover elevated après-anything cocktails at the heart of SilverStar Mountain Resort

At SilverStar’s Black Pine Social, the cocktails will tempt you off the hills.
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Upstairs from the Red Antler at the heart of SilverStar Mountain Resort, the new Black Pine Social restaurant has two natures—like an urbanite-turned-weekend-warrior. 

The alluring room has shades-of-grey walls and floors, and a swishy copper chain mail curtain screening a sexy supper club. It’s also got rustic barnboard panelling and a wood-burning stone fireplace fronted with deep leather couches for enervated skiers and cyclists. There’s a wrap-around patio and a long bar, “comfortable and deep enough for dining and to encourage chat and questions as you taste and order,” says Jacob Sweetapple of Notion Concepts, the brain trust behind a selection of back-bar gems like Eagle Rare bourbon or Don Julio 1942 tequila.

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