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ON WEDNESDAYS WE WEAR PINK
From champagne sabering in the wine cellar to smoking-cold nitro
ice cream churned tableside, the Bearfoot Bistro knows how to put
the fun in fine dining. Head Bartender Scott Barber’s always-inventive
cocktails are no exception.
“On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” is a classic line from Mean Girls,
Tina Fey’s 2004 cult-favourite comedy. You don’t have to know the
film to appreciate this devilishly good cocktail, which looks like a fruity
Cosmopolitan, but packs some serious heat thanks to the herbal
complexity of Ancho Reyes Verde, a Mexican liqueur made from
poblano chilies. Shaken over ice with smoky mezcal, fresh cranberry
juice and rhubarb-ginger syrup, it’s sweet, spicy and slightly vegetal.
“You have to be able to laugh at your own drinks,” says Barber (this is
his third cocktail inspired by Mean Girls). “The guys don’t always get it,
but the ladies love it.”
Cure Lounge and Patio at Nita Lake Lodge
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SMOKE AND OAK, ZEN AND PRESERVED
The rooftop garden at Creekside’s Nita Lake Lodge is always the
prime inspiration for summer cocktails. But this year, Head Bartender
Rhiannon Csordas is throwing a few riddles into the mix. Literally.
Clue: I can crawl, I can fly, and I have hands but no legs or wings...
What am I?
Answer: Smoke and Oak — the name of her single-malt sipper mixed
with sage-infused honey and garnished with a thyme sprig.
Other herbaceous elixirs include: the easy-going Zen, which
incorporates cucumber-infused gin with Lillet, chamomile syrup, mint
and lavender; and the Italian-inspired Preserved, with oak-barreled
gin, basil-infused white vermouth, strawberry jam and cracked pepper.
“It’s so cool to be able to tell people about our garden and bring them
up there when it’s in bloom,” Csordas says. “You don’t see it when
you’re sitting here looking out over the lake, but it makes me so proud
because all the products I’m using are homegrown.”