Recipes

Bee's Knees

Bee's Knees

First mentioned in print in David Embury's 1948 cocktail tome The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, the Bee's Knees is an excellent illustration of how a few simple, delicious ingredients can really sing when mixed in the proper proportions. While the phrase “bee’s knees” was used in Prohibition times as slang to mean “the best”, where exactly this specific drink originated may not be so simple to decipher, though its origins are almost certainly linked to 1920's France.  Among these origin stories, one of our favourites comes from the Ritz in Paris, when the hotel's Cafe Parisian opened its doors in...

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Garden Pine Gimlet

non-alcoholic seedlip

Garden Pine Gimlet

As we shift from the holidays into a dry (ok, maybe slightly "damp") January, we love reaching for Seedlip's line of non-alcoholic, distilled spirits in our cocktails, and there is perhaps none more aromatic and delicious than Seedlip Garden 108. As we were taking down a very dry, very haggard looking Christmas tree this year, I couldn't help but think of just how delicious that aromatic pine aroma and flavour would lend itself to pairing with Seedlip, and we were quickly on our way to this quick and easy twist on the classic gimlet, traditionally made with Gin or Vodka. ...

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Hotel Georgia Cocktail

Hotel Georgia Cocktail

In a normal year, one of the highlights for me is regular travel out to Vancouver, and typically I'll find myself drinking around the city at least two to three times per year. I love it.  Vancouver seems to have perfected drinking well, whether it's morning espresso in Gastown's Revolver Coffee, or drinking beer over in Mt. Pleasant's 33 Acres Brewing, there's not much that isn't done exceptionally well and there's little risk of going thirsty when in town. In our opinion, though, cocktails are where Vancouver really shines.  On one of my first trips to the city, I paid a visit...

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Espresso MartiNo

Espresso MartiNo

After cocktails, coffee is easily the next-most consumed drink around these parts, and because of that, we've always had a soft spot in our hearts for a well-made Espresso Martini.  Created in 1983 by bartender Dick Bradsell at the Soho Brasserie in London, it was originally referred to as the “Vodka Espresso”, and legend has it that a young lady found their way to the bar where Dick was working and asked for a cocktail that would "Wake me up, and then fuck me up". Happy to oblige, Dick mixed her a drink using vodka, sugar, coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso, pulled...

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