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3 classic cocktails get a B.C. twist (RECIPES)

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Justin Taylor Nov 23, 2015 6:49 am

With B.C.’s most iconic landmarks as my inspiration, I’ve taken three classic cocktails and given them a local twist by incorporating some of our province’s vast bounty of ingredients — from craft spirits distilled right here in B.C., to homegrown artisanal cocktail bitters.

Try your hand at these fun, easy and hyper-local cocktail recipes below, or come visit me at my bar and let me shake one up for you.

Ogopogo

Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

This fun variation on the classic Mai Tai is named after the legendary sea serpent of Lake Okanagan, the Ogopogo. This cocktail features a beautiful cherry liqueur produced in the Okanagan Valley.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Gosling’s Rum
  • 0.5 oz Jagermeister
  • 0.25 oz Okanagan Spirits Maraschino
  • 0.5 oz Orgeat
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.0 oz Lime
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Strain over ice in a highball or Collins glass and garnish with preserved cherries.

Steam Clockwork Orange

Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

The Harvey Wall-banger is back in a whole new concoction. This simple cocktail from the mid 1980s gets a much needed makeover with Gillespie’s Gastown Shine Vodka, and Bittered Sling’s Kensington Bitters. These local ingredients combine to make the perfect brunch cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Gillespie’s Gastown Shine Vodka
  • 1.0 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 0.5 oz Galliano
  • 3 dashes Bittered Sling Kensington Bitters
  • 2 oz Cava, or Sparkling Wine

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker except for Cava.
  • Add ice and shake for 10 seconds.
  • Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, top with Cava and garnish with an orange twist.

Coquihalla

Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

Justin Taylor/Daily Hive

One of the most famous and and picturesque highways in all of Canada, the Coquihalla is a riff on one of the world’s most famous cocktails, the Negroni. This variation uses an uncommon spirit called Aquavit from my friends at Okanagan Spirits in Vernon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Okanagan Spirits Aquavitus
  • 1 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
  • 1 oz Campari

Method

  • Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir for 15 seconds.
  • Pour over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned Glass and garnish with an orange twist.

 


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Justin Taylor
Justin Taylor A renowned bartender and cocktail creator, Justin Taylor has been a fixture in the industry in both Toronto and Vancouver for the better part of two decades. As General Manager at The Cascade Room, Justin continues to stir up the Vancouver bartending scene with a heady mix of knowledge, panache, wit and hospitality. Justin spent 7 years at Yew Seafood and Bar, located at the Four Seasons Hotel and 2 years at Boulevard at the Sutton Place Hotel. There he won some very prestigious cocktail events that saw him represent his country overseas and land his very own Proprietary Bitters from local bitters producer Bittered Sling, called Gunpowder. Justin has long been a supporter of the local craft spirits movement and has many, now famous, Vancouver inspired cocktails. Go and ask him for his Professor Suzuki cocktail which is 100% BC made.

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