3rd #cocktail of #FridayNightCocktails on 26th January: Vancouver

Our third and final cocktail is the Vancouver. Created by Joseph A. Fiitchett, head bar steward at the Vancouver club, and first published in the 1925 About Town Cocktail Book; this is the actual recipe for the Vancouver, but for many years people were making a Fitcett and calling it a Vancouver[/b[. A fact which only came to light following a 2002 article in Canada’s Scout Magazine.

Vancouver

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time2 mins

Created by Joseph A. Fiitchett, head bar steward at the Vancouver club, and first published in the 1925 About Town Cocktail Book; this is the actual recipe for the Vancouver, but for many years people were making a Fitcett and calling it a Vancouver[/b[. A fact which only came to light following a 2002 article in Canada's Scout Magazine.

 50 ml (1¾ oz) gin
 30 ml (1 oz) dry vermouth
 20 ml (⅔ oz) Benedictine D.O.M
 1 dash orange bitters
 Olive for garnish

1

Half-fill a mixing jug with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and stir until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with an olive.

AI generated anecdote for article length

Amidst the twinkling lights of a summer evening, Isabel decided to transform her cozy home into a haven of sophistication and laughter. Yearning for a touch of elegance, she delved into the world of mixology, determined to introduce her closest female friends to the allure of the Vancouver cocktail. Armed with a well-stocked bar and a spirit of exploration, Isabel set out to create an evening filled with camaraderie, stories, and the harmonious notes of a carefully crafted cocktail.

The kitchen became Isabel's sanctuary as she meticulously gathered the ingredients for the Vancouver cocktail. Opting for a reputable Old Tom gin, she envisioned its smooth and slightly sweet profile providing the perfect foundation for the concoction. Dry vermouth joined the mix, contributing a crisp and herbal note that promised to balance the richness of the cocktail. The herbal complexity of Benedictine D.O.M and a dash of orange bitters added layers of intrigue, hinting at the sensory journey that awaited her friends.

With an air of anticipation, Isabel measured and poured each ingredient into a mixing glass filled with ice. The gentle clinks of the stirring spoon resonated through the kitchen as she expertly stirred the elixir, ensuring a perfect amalgamation of flavors. The room filled with the fragrant whispers of botanicals and the subtle sweetness of the Old Tom gin, creating an ambiance that hinted at the sophistication of the evening to come.

Once satisfied with the mingling of flavors, Isabel strained the liquid gold into cocktail coupes. The rich amber hue of the Vancouver cocktail sparkled in the ambient light, a visual prelude to the indulgence that awaited her friends. With a flourish, she delicately speared an olive on a cocktail pick, ready to garnish each glass with a touch of Mediterranean charm.

Armed with a tray of Vancouver cocktails, Isabel made her way to the living room where her friends were engaged in animated conversation. The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as she presented her creation – a symbol of her newfound passion for mixology and a gesture of warmth and hospitality.

"Ladies, I present to you the Vancouver cocktail – a sip of sophistication to elevate our evening," Isabel declared with a smile. The room fell into a momentary hush as her friends admired the carefully crafted cocktails, each adorned with a solitary olive, a promise of the sensory adventure that awaited them.

The first sips were met with a chorus of delight. The Old Tom gin, with its subtle sweetness, danced harmoniously with the crispness of dry vermouth. The herbal intricacies of Benedictine D.O.M added depth, and the dash of orange bitters provided a bright and aromatic finish. The olive garnish, a savory accent, invited each friend to savor the nuanced complexities of the Vancouver cocktail.

As the evening unfolded, the Vancouver cocktail became the focal point of the gathering, a catalyst for shared laughter and stories. Isabel observed with joy as her friends immersed themselves in the experience, the cocktail acting as a bridge between different worlds – a classic reinvented for a contemporary celebration.

As the final sips were taken and the olives were savored, Isabel couldn't help but feel a sense of accomplishment. The Vancouver cocktail had not only tantalized palates but had also woven an evening of cherished memories. The room echoed with the laughter of friends who had shared more than just a drink; they had shared a moment of connection, sophistication, and the pure joy of being together.

Ingredients

 50 ml (1¾ oz) gin
 30 ml (1 oz) dry vermouth
 20 ml (⅔ oz) Benedictine D.O.M
 1 dash orange bitters
 Olive for garnish

Directions

1

Half-fill a mixing jug with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and stir until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with an olive.

Vancouver

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