Featherweight Punch Royale

Sean McGuigan’s Featherweight Punch. Tara Rafiq photo

Recipe created for the Punch Brunch 2020 by Sean McGuigan, head bartender, The Lobby Lounge and RawBar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver.

The Punch Brunch, held at Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim on January 26, was the official launch for the inaugural Vancouver Cocktail Week presented by The Alchemist magazine, which will be held March 7 to 10, 2021. For more cocktail recipes from the brunch, see: The Rye of the Tiger, A Bit Curious, Flapjack Punch and Morning Ritual.

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The Kir Royale

Cocktail of the resistance

The elegant but rebellious Kir Royale is an easy party staple. Dan Toulgoet photo

The Kir Royale (or Royal, if you prefer) is the kind of swanky fizz that could have been conjured up by some posh hotel barkeep trying to impress a well-heeled customer. In fact, its backstory is much more thrilling than that.

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Kir Royale

The elegant but rebellious Kir Royale is an easy party staple. Dan Toulgoet photo

A Kir Royale made with non-Champagne sparkling wine is technically a “Kir Pétillant.” In either case, it’s a perfect drink for festive occasions.

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Schwing

David Wolowidnyk’s Schwing pairs perfectly with any summer party.

This floral bubbly drink created by David Wolowidnyk is ideal as a reception cocktail for any of your spring flings.

• 1 oz gin or vodka
• 1 oz Aperol
• 0.5 oz lemon juice
• Dash orange flower water
• 2 oz sparkling wine

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The lady in Red

The Lady in Red cocktail. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver photo

This recipe, courtesy of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, is inspired by a gracious spirit said to haunt the halls of this grand dame of a hotel.

• 1 oz Hendricks Gin
• 0.75 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
• 1.5 oz cranberry juice
• 0.25 oz lemon juice
• Sparkling wine

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French 75 Royale

Justin Taylor’s French 75 Royale. Dan Toulgoet photo.

This lilac beauty is a perfect addition to your next garden party.

• 2 cups Victoria Spirits Empress Gin
• 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 0.75 cup lavender syrup (see note)
• 1.5 tsp orange bitters
• 4 cups dry sparkling wine

Combine ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir gently, then bottle, seal and refrigerate or stash in ice.

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Harry’s Bar French 75

Shaun Layton’s version of the Harry’s Bar French 75. Dan Toulgoet photo.

At Coquille Fine Seafood, Shaun Layton’s bar program focuses on “light, crushable drinks” that pair well with the menu. This variation on the classic French 75 comes from Harry’s Bar in Paris: “Until I went to Harry’s Bar, I never knew they served it long on the rocks with a bit of Ricard,” Layton says.

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Candy Girl

Gotham’s Candy Girl—a lavender-infused variation on the French 75. Dan Toulgoet photo

Created by Barry Jackson, bar manager at Gotham Steakhouse, this lavender-infused variation on the French 75 is an ideal cocktail to enjoy on the patio.

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