Gibson

A classic Gibson. Getty Images photo

This savoury take on the Martini dates back to late 1800s San Francisco. This recipe is part of The Alchemist‘s series of cocktails you should know. 

• 2.5 oz gin or vodka
• 0.5 oz dry vermouth
• Garnish: 2 cocktail onions, skewered

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Spinnakers

Spinnakers photo

Spinnakers small batch spirits are distilled in their seaside distillery. Made with 100% BC grown malted grains and water from their on-site artesian well.

308 Catherine Street, Victoria
250-386-2739
Spinnakers.com


PRODUCTS

• Spinnakers Classic Vodka
• Spinnakers London Dry Gin,
• Au Currant Crème de Cassis
• Chocoholic Crème de Cacao
• Cranberry Gin
• Pink Grapefruit Gin

Indigenous World Spirits

Indigenous World photo

The Indigenous-owned winery now also crafts vodka and gin infused with a combination of locally foraged botanicals, including rose hips, lavender, milk thistle, sorrel, borage and black lace elderberry—many of which were traditionally used as medicines by the local Indigenous Peoples.

2218 Horizon Dr., Kelowna
250-769-2824
IndigenousWorldWinery.com


PRODUCTS

• Vodka
• Gin

The Martini

The murky past of a clear favourite

Martini. istockphoto.com

Plenty a tall tale has crossed the polished oak; after all, bartenders like to dish out lively anecdotes along with the gin and spiced nuts. But when it comes to boozy myths, legends, outright lies and wholesale whoppers, “more cling to the Martini than any other cocktail.”

So writes Robert Simonson in his IACP-nominated book The Martini Cocktail (Ten Speed Press). He is fascinated by the outsize role the Martini has played in popular culture ever since its invention in 1849, or maybe it was the 1880s, or possibly 1906, who knows?

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The Allure

The Allure, an apple-based cocktail created by Jo Last, senior bartender at London’s Beaufort Bar. Photo courtest of Beaufort Bar at the Savoy

Cocktail created by Beaufort Bar senior bartender Jo Last, who says: “Few fruits are featured more in magic than the apple. From Greek mythology with Aphrodite through the Garden of Eden with Eve and all the way to folklore with Snow White, the humble apple unites stories of power, envy and temptation.”

• 1 oz Grey Goose vodka
• 0.5 oz apple blossom-infused Martini Ambrato
• 0.25 oz 30&40 aperitif (a blend of calvados, pommeau and rum)
• 0.75 oz apple cordial
• 1 oz malic solution

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Bespoke Spirits House

Shelly Heppner, founder and distiller of Bespoke Spirit House in Parksville. Photo by Dayman-Langen Photography

Bespoke Spirits House is a natural progression in the career of owner and distiller Shelly Heppner. Inherently creative, Shelly has always gravitated toward a medium of expression, whether it has been designing functional home décor, making her best-selling martini picks, or taking up the art of distilling.

425 Stanford Ave., Parksville
BespokeSpiritsHouse.com

Read more about Bespoke Spirits House:

Female spirit: Meet some of B.C.’s women distillers, a group so small it begs the question: Why are there still so few?


PRODUCTS

• Virtue Vodka
• Jezebel Gin

A Bit Curious

Sabrine Dhaliwal’s A Bit Curious. Tara Rafiq photo

Recipe created for the Punch Brunch 2020 by Sabrine Dhaliwal, bar manager of Juke Fried Chicken 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, Featherweight Punch Royale, Flapjack Punch and Morning Ritual.

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