The Vancouver Cocktail: Van City’s Own Forgotten Drink

The Vancouver Cocktail: Van City’s Own Forgotten Drink

Yes, the Vancouver cocktail is a thing - and we've got the recipe!

You may never heard about the booze-heavy drink, even though its history dates back to the 1950’s when it was really popular at the Sylvia Hotel cocktail bar.

It somehow became forgotten about over the past several decades but seems to be making a bit of a comeback in the city, where it’s currently being served at some Vancouver bars and lounges including inside both the Shangri-La Hotel and Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

But you can always mix some up and raise a toast to Van City from home too. Here’s the recipe for making a Vancouver cocktail of your own:

  • 1 ½ ounces (44 mL) “good” gin such as Plymouth or Victoria Gin
  • ¾ ounce (22 mL) sweet vermouth such as Punt e Mes
  • ¼ ounce (7 mL) or “a good splash” of Benedictine
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Pete Richards
Pete Richards

If Star Wars and Van Damme had a baby, it would be me.