This Week's Drink Feature...

Victoria Gin

Christine Sismondo tries Victoria Gin, and talks to Bryan Murray who makes the boutique spirit on Vancouver Island, BC, who explains why their drinks are specially made, even though he refuses to divulge the secret ingredient.   Read More...

Vancouver's Drinks Scene

Gremolata's BC wine aficionado Judith Lane found herself at a 'Greenhouse Cocktail Throwdown' so we asked her what the heck that was and what was up in the city's legendary bar and cocktail scene. Judith describes who's mixing what where and why.   Read More...

Spirit of the Week

Victoria Gin

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Producer: Victoria Spirits

Type: Spirits

Variety: Gin

Canada's only 'boutique gin' is made on Vancouver Island with juniper berries, corriander, angelica, orris root, lemon peel, cubeb berries, star anise, cinnamon bark, rose petals and secret ingredient the Victoria Spirits company refuses to divulge. The result? A tangy spirit with a citrussy and bright profile - a martini natural.   Read More...

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Beer of the Week


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Producer: Cobra Beer Ltd.

Type: Beer

Variety: Pale Lager

No, this is not a beer from the jungles of India or some market in Africa.  Don't let the name fool you, it is actually from the UK.  Cobra pours a clear yellow color and produces a thin white head.  There is lots of carbonation here and the bubbles are very refreshing.  On the nose, you can detect aromas of grass as well as some grains like corn and rice.  On the tongue, expect some citrus sweetness...   Read More...

The Importance of Ice – A Tale of Two Drinks

Christine Sismondo shows how having ice is not enough: you have to know what to do with it. Christine gives the differing cocktail examples of the Old Fashioned and the Bramble. Each drink uses frozen water in a distinct way.   Read More...