The Arbutus Cove

The Arbutus Cove by Nic VanBergen. Photo courtesy of Naramata Inn

A cocktail with locally sourced ingredients created by Nic VanBergen for Eliza at the Naramata Inn. 

• 1 oz Arbutus Distillery Blue Gin
• 0.5 oz Arbutus Lavender Liquor
• 0.75 oz Cane Sugar Syrup
• 0.5 oz Grape Acid (see note)
• Lunessence Riesling Brut
• Garnish: Flower from the garden

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Rose Grapefruit Spritz

Photo courtesy of Glendalough Gin

Garden party in a glass

This is the season of celebrations, of graduations, weddings, reunions, garden parties and festive brunches. It’s also the season of light, fresh drinks best enjoyed outdoors.

Bringing all that together is a new rose-flavoured gin from Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery. Head distiller Rowdy Rooney created it to honour his late mother, Rose—and used rose petals she planted herself, along with wild roses, mountain herbs and other botanicals. It’s beautifully floral and complex, perfect with tonic or citrus in a spritz. Find Glendalough Rose Gin at private retailers for a suggested price of $58.

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Check In

Grant Sceney’s Check In. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Pacific Rim

Recipe by Grant Sceney, Fairmont Pacific Rim.

• 1 oz Tanqueray gin

• 0.67 oz Blueberry Lavender Oleo (see note)

• 0.67 oz lemon juice

• 0.25 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco

• 3 oz Blue Mountain Brut (or other sparkling wine)

• Garnish: Thyme flower

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Mint Cucumber French 75

Cucumber Mint French 75. Photo courtesy of The Gull

Recipe courtesy of Phil Tapping, general manager, The Gull.

Pair with: Fresh spring greens.

• 1 oz mint-infused gin (see note)

• 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice

• 0.25 oz simple syrup  (see note)

• 2 dashes cucumber bitters (such as Bitter Truth)

• Sparkling wine to top

• Garnish: Cucumber slice

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Citadelle Gibson

Tableau Bar Bistro’s Citadelle Gibson. Joanne Sasvari photo

Partnered with lightly cured seafood during VCW, Tableau Bar Bistro‘s briny Gibson proved that cocktails are as perfect for pairing as wine.

• 2 oz Citadelle Gin

• 1 oz Dolin dry vermouth

• 0.5 tsp salty cocktail onion brine

• Garnish: 3 cocktail onions

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Gin Paloma

Copperpenny’s Gin Paloma. Photo courtesy of Copperpenny Distilling Co.

This easy, patio-ready cocktail comes from the tasting lounge at North Vancouver’s Copperpenny Distilling. The fresh citrus and rosemary accentuate the notes of Egyptian coriander and Moroccan grains of paradise in their Social Project Gin 005. 

• 2 oz Copperpenny Social Project Gin 005

• 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (strained)

• 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

• 0.5 oz rosemary-infused simple syrup (see note)

• Garnish: Himalayan pink salt rim, dehydrated grapefruit and/or sprig of rosemary

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Don’t Let Them See You Bleed

Don’t Let Them See You Bleed cocktail. Photo courtesy of Laowei

This large-batch cocktail was created by Alex Black, co-owner of Laowai, for the Vancouver Cocktail Week gala; keep it in the freezer to serve as desired. Note that you will need a digital scale to measure some of the ingredients, as well as a vacuum sealer.

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Choose A Woman-Made, Woman-Led Spirit Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 by buying or drinking a woman-made spirit, such as these global brands that have women master blenders, distillers and more.

At Ron Zapaca in Guatemala, master blender Lorena Vasquez is credited for pioneering the a “solera” aging method in rum. Photo courtesy of Ron Zacapa
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Though countless women contribute to the vibrant local, national and international distilling industry, for International Women’s Day each year we give a nod to some of the trailblazers in top production, management and ownership positions at distilleries.

For a fresh perspective on the hidden history of women in spirits and cocktail, we highly recommend the recently released book Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara.

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20th Century

20th Century cocktail. Getty Images photo

The original recipe from 1937 called for Kina Lillet, which is no longer available—Lillet Blanc makes a good substitute in this Art Deco cocktail.

• 1.5 oz gin

• 0.75 oz Lillet Blanc

• 0.5 oz light crème de cacao

• 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice

• Garnish: Lemon twist

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