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#FBF: Drink Specials: Gastown, Lillet, and a Hangover Cure!
Drink Specials: Gastown, Lillet, and a Hangover Cure!
Originally Posted on May 27th, 2014
I know the official summer solstice has not hit just yet, but I feel pretty confident in saying (at least in my part of town) summer is here! The sun is out, people are rocking some mad sock-and-sandal action, and puppies are panting on the beach.
With the advent of summertime sunshine comes one of the best feelings in the world: patio drinking. A few of the Collective headed down to Vancouver’s Gastown area for some fun times in the sun times.
To the behest of all of my university teachers, I will give you a brief Wikipedia’d history of this part of my town. The City of Vancouver was incorporated in April of 1886, however “Gassy” Jack Deighton opened the area’s first saloon 19 years prior in 1867. Gastown became Vancouver’s first downtown core, bustling with manufacturing and warehouses. The area was rebuilt after almost complete destruction from the Great Fire of 1886. Since then, it has gone from the city’s drinking capital to the forgotten area of town (housing Vancouver’s mid-century Skid Road), to a National Historic Site of Canada (yeah, I did just breeze past 80 years of history skipping 3 riots and a steam clock).
Jump ahead to right here, right now; Gastown is a cultural and gastronomical hub of the city. Locals and tourists alike are akin to the visible battle scars between ongoing gentrification and the long history of poverty and substance in the area, all of which add to the distinct Gastown appeal.
We visited two places in particular that I would love to mention. The Alibi Room is one of the best places in Vancouver if you want good, nay, great beer. With 50 local and imported craft beers on tap, a rotating cask selection, local boutique and organic wines, and a house cocktail list, there is no way that you are walking straight after exiting this establishment. We sampled some strong beers (and a gluten free cider), ate some local and organically sources burgers and fries, and then headed off for a change of scenery. Vancouverites are quite privy to the long wait lines, so plan ahead if you want to stop by.
Next, we hit up Six Acres in the lively epicenter of Gastown, hailed for its rustic share plates and top shelf beer and drink selections. Also, garlic parmesan popcorn?! Let’s be real, it’s amazing. After a day of beers and Dark and Stormy’s, I managed to class up my drink intake by sampling Lillet for the first time. A tangent, Six Acres Dark and Stormy is the most delicious, most gingery stormy I have ever had; if you like being (happily) knocked in the gut by ginger (and who doesn’t?), go to Six Acres immediately!
Lillet (drop the t for pronunciation purposes) is a French apéritif wine. An apéritif is a type of spirit or drink served before a meal to stimulate the appetite, such as Vermouth, Gin, or a dry white Wine (thusly, a digestif is served afterwards to aid in digestion, such as a single-malt Scotch, Brandy, or Chartreuse ). Lillet is a blend of Bordeaux Wines and fruit liqueurs, which is then matured in oak casks for 6 months. In three distinct varieties (Blanc, Rose, et Rouge), it can be served alone, chilled with ice and a slice of orange, or in some absolutely delicious cocktails. Let me tell you, this drink is fabulous. It is sweet, citrus-y, and it goes down with ease.
To cap off this post, I will leave you with a Drink Special: my take on a Corpse Reviver No. 2. A menacing descriptor for such a subtle and rapturous cocktail, this drink is most well known as a ‘hair of the dog’ hangover cure. Now, I cannot attest to whether or not more alcohol cures too much alcohol from the night before, but I can officially say, on the records of the internet, that this drink is bang on. The sweetness of the Lillet and Cointreau paired with the acidic lemon with the solid backbone of Gin mingle befittingly. What makes this my own, a Corpse Reviver No. 2.5 let’s say, is the substitution of the dash of absinthe with a dash of orange bitters from the Apothecary Bitters Company to add a bit more citrus flavour and warmth to this potable potion.
CORPSE REVIVER NO.2(ISH)
- 3/4oz London Dry Gin
- 3/4oz Cointreau
- 3/4oz Lillet
- 3/4oz Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
- Lemon twist for Garnish
- Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice
- Shake and strain into an apéritif or martini glass
- Garnish with a lemon twist