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36 must-try holiday cocktails in Vancouver

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Hanna McLean Dec 12, 2016 2:00 am 961

Baby, it’s cold outside.

This means it’s time to warm up with some delicious seasonal bespoke cocktails. And if you’re looking for a place to curl up on a brisk winter evening, remember there are dozens of bars and restaurants in the city with stocked bars, talented bar staff, and empty seats waiting for you.

Cozy up to the fire and sip on these 36 must-try holiday cocktails in Vancouver.

1. Word Of Mouth from Nightingale

A blend of Absolut Vodka, Averna, honey, and apple cider vinegar. A tart yet refreshing cocktail served in a single glass.

2.  Smokey Chili Chocolate from Lobby Lounge RawBar

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Pacific Rim

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Pacific Rim

Combining chocolate milk, LSM Mezcal Doba Yej, Taylor Tawny Port, and root beer syrup creates an exciting flavour for this winter drink. Find this drink at the Lobby Lounge RawBar in the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

3.  Spiked Apple Cider from Lobby Lounge RawBar

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Pacific Rim

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Pacific Rim

A twist on a classic winter beverage, the Spiced Apple Cider is a combination of aged rum, spiced Demerara syrup, and fresh apple slices. Find this drink at the Lobby Lounge RawBar in the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Holiday Cocktails from UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

Photo courtesy of UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

Photo courtesy of UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

UVA Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal has created an exciting collection of ‘Cool Weather Cocktails’ to try this year. 

4. Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel is made with a cutty sark ‘prohibition’ whisky, falernum, lemon and finished with denman bitters.

5. Rum Pa-Pa Pomme

Festive in name and in taste, this concoction is a delightful mix of Appleton VX rum, manzana verde, cinnamon, lemon, plum and root beer bitters, and a whole egg.

6. Madame Colet

Madame Colet is a combination of 5-year aged rum, amaretto, sweet vermouth, orange and juniper bitters, and absinthe rinse.

7. Las Frutas Blancas

This cocktail is a delicious combo of exotic-el gobernador pisco, noilly pratt amber, cherry heering, and lem-merrakech bitters.

8. What’s Haskap’in?

This aromatic, berry-forward consists of white port, beefeater gin, haskap liquer, lemon, autumn bog cranberry bitters, and tonic.

Holiday Cocktails from YEW seafood + bar

Photo courtesy of YEW Seafood + Bar

Photo courtesy of YEW Seafood + Bar

9. Finnish Cobbler

Made with Finlandia Vodka, plum wine and apple honey, Dry Vermouth, and Zingiber Crabapple Bitters, the Finnish Cobbler created by Lauren Mote is one of the many winter cocktails at the YEW that you should try this season.

10. Northwinds

The Northwinds is a mix of Collingwood Canadian Whisky, Haskap Berry Liqueur, Sherry and Spiced-Black Tea, and Western Haskap Aromatic Bitters. A great drink made from spirits that are native to Canada. 

11. Jefferson Ginger Tea

This cocktail is reminiscent of down-home Kentucky bourbon with its combo of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Aperol and Sherry, lemon, hibiscus spice and French Quarter bitters, and ginger beer.

12. Silver Bells from Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar

This cocktail from J-S Dupuis tastes like After Eight chocolates. Silver Bells is mix of gin, Giffard Menthe Pastille, Creme de Cacao, lemon juice, and finished with a salted orange dust rim.

13. Donner & Blitzen from L’Abattoir

Photo courtesy of L’Abattoir

Photo courtesy of L’Abattoir

L’Abattoir Head Bartender Katie Ingram has concocted this festive cocktail with smoky mezcal, frothed pineapple juice, and Bittered Sling Autumn Bog Cranberry bitters that adds a hint of Christmas spices like clove, allspice, cardamom, and licorice.

14. Pomme de Moluccas from Café Medina

Photo courtesy of Café Medina

Photo courtesy of Café Medina

This cocktail by Café Medina Bar Manager Marc Slingsby-Jones is a take on the traditional mulled apple cider. The Pomme de Moluccas is a combination of aged rum, calvados, mulling Spices, fresh pressed apple juice, and lemon juice.

15. Wannabe from Royal Dinette

Photo courtesy of Royal Dinette

Photo courtesy of Royal Dinette

A cocktail the Spice Girls themselves would be excited to drink, Royal Dinette’s Bar Manager Kaitlyn Stewart created the Wannabe which consists of rum and sake shaken up with house ginger beer and local cider.

16. Lumberjack from The Salted Vine

Photo courtesy of The Salted Vine

Photo courtesy of The Salted Vine

The Salted Vine Bar Manager Dave Warren has created the Lumberjack for the holiday season. This cocktail is a combo of infused rye, Cinzano Rosso, French Quarter Bittered Sling Bitters, Fee Brothers cherry bitters, and a vile of a house-made smoked black cardamom tincture.

17. Pressed Apple Flip from Mamie Taylor’s

Photo courtesy of Mamie Taylors.

Photo courtesy of Mamie Taylor’s.

The Pressed Apple Flip combines Calvados, housemade port, Pisco, cloudy apple juice, vanilla syrup, dashes of Angostura bitters, and an egg to make the perfect seasonal drink to sip on by the fire.

18. Holiday Cobbler from Juniper

Photo courtesy of Juniper

Photo courtesy of Juniper

Juniper Bar Manager Max Borrowman has created a delicious Holiday Cobbler this season. This cocktail is a combination of Old Grandad Bourbon, sherry, and housemade spiced buttered cranberry syrup. This drink is served on a bed of crushed ice with cinnamon and rosemary garnish.

Holiday Cocktails from Vancouver Theatresports

These holiday cocktails are available only through the run of Christmas Queen 3 ending December 23. The fully-licensed Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge and Improv Centre is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance

19. All The Queen’s Men

All the King’s Men is a cocktail that refers to all the Christmas Queen’s suitors. This butterscotch-flavoured beverage consists of  Zubrowka Vodka, organic apple juice, and a splash of butterscotch liqueur.

20. After Eight Elf 

Named after our favourite after-dinner chocolate, this frothy cocktail is a combo of Baileys Irish Cream, Dark Crème de Cacao, and a splash of Crème de Menthe.

21. Christmas Romance

This cocktail is a nod to the romance in the show, a mixture of spiced rum, Amaretto, and cranberry juice.

The Emerald’s Holiday Cocktails

Photo: Victoria Black

Photo: Victoria Black

22. Hot Ginger Toddy

The Emerald’s holiday cocktails this season include the Hot Ginger Toddy, which is a mix of Jameson Irish Whiskey, honey ginger syrup, lemon juice, and hot water.

23. The Blueberry Tea

A refreshing mix of Amaretto, Grand Marnier, and orange pekoe tea for the holiday season.

24. Kahlua and Coffee

The old school supper club also boasts a delicious housemade Kahlua and coffee.

25. Baileys and Coffee

Who could turn down a classic Baileys and coffee during the holidays? A perfect combo to get you into the festive spirit in this chilly weather.

26. Hot Buttered Rum from The Cascade Room

Photo courtesy of The Cascade Room.

Photo courtesy of The Cascade Room.

Justin Taylor, General Manager of The Cascade Room, has created a Hot Buttered Rum Compound that he uses in the restaurant’s specialty cocktail. Comprised of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and salt, you can head to the Cascade Room to try this or buy the compound and make it at home. 

27. Saint Lawrence from Prohibition

Created by Head Bartenders Robyn Gray and Brand Stanton, this drink made with Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky, fresh lemon, cinnamon syrup, and walnut bitters is a nutty and sweet refreshment. 

Holiday Cocktails from Market by Jean-Georges

28. Upper Canada

Photo courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

Photo courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

Head to Market in the Shangri-La Hotel to taste the Upper Canada, a mix of sweet and sour housemade spiced cranberry sauce, whiskey, Moondog Bitters, egg white, lime, orange, and cinnamon.

29. Winter White Sangria

Photo courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

Photo courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

This cocktail is made with a Shaya Bodegas white from the vineyards of Verdejo, and it has notes of baking spices, marzipan, pit fruits, and nutmeg. Combine this with brandy, Lillet, apple cider, and cherry bitters, and you get the perfect winter sangria. 

30. Yule Mule

Photo courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

Photo courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

The classic Yule Mule from Market is infused with spiced hibiscus syrup and served in a copper mug.

31. Sweater Weather from Bauhaus Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Bauhaus Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Bauhaus Restaurant

This winter cocktail from Bauhaus is a mix of Cognac, Sweet Vermouth, Cynar and cacao coffee bitters shaken on ice, and finally served with crispy sun-chokes filled with sun-choke puree.

Holiday Cocktails from Odd Society Spirits

These beverages are available in Odd Society’s tasting lounge.

32. Bees & Velvet

Photo: RD Cane

Photo: RD Cane

Created by Odd Society Spirits bartender Mia Glanz, this drink is made with Salal Gin (Odd Society’s interpretation of sloe gin made with locally sourced salal berries), Wallflower Gin, elderberry honey, a dash of Crème de Violette, Angostura Bitters, and lemon.

33. Westcoast 75

Photo: RD Cane

Photo: RD Cane

This take on a French 75 uses Odd Society floral Wallflower Gin and combines it with BC Bubbles, a pinch of lemon and simple syrup for the perfect refreshing cocktail. Switch it up and go for a Salal 75 by swapping Wallflower Gin for Odd Society’s 2016 Salal Gin. 

34. Mother Ginger’s Hot Apple Cider from CinCin Ristorante

Photo courtesy of Robson Street Business Association

Photo courtesy of Robson Street Business Association

CinCin has created their own take on Mother Ginger’s Hot Apple Cider – a cocktail inspired by The Nutcracker. This drink includes 100% organic apple juice (non gmo verified), Lemon Hart Demerara Rum, orange and lemon peel, and Christmas spices.

35. Hot BC Toddy from Forage

Forage’s Hot BC Toddy uses a rum from Courtenay, BC – Wayward Distillation’s Drunken Hive rum made from caramelized honey and aged in a Bourbon cask for a year. This drink is then mixed with maple syrup, a hint of lemon, and served with a cinnamon stick. 

36. Sparkling Star from West Restaurant

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West’s Bar Manager Stacey Ackerman has created this cocktail perfect for celebrating the holiday season. The Sparkling Star is a combination of Banff Ice vodka, Giffard vanilla, cinnamon syrup, grapefruit reduction (vanilla, star anise), and sparkling wine.

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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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