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Hand Crafted Spirits on Talk 1410 – Healthy Cocktails at The Keefer

Amber Bruce Mixes Up Some Magic In Chinatown at The Keefer

If you been following the Hand Crafted Spirits Show, you may have caught a few segments where Joe Leary and I search for tasty cocktails on TSN1410.  Since it was the New Year, and health is usually one of the resolutions many make, this week I was looking for cocktails that not only contain alcohol but also had a healthy component to them too!

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We checked into the cocktail program at The Keefer, where bartender Amber Bruce crafts her drinks with medicinal ingredients, many of them found in the bar’s Chinatown Neighbourhood. She made us the Dragonfly, a tasty combination of gin and sake, with the health benefits of dragonfruit, ginger, lemon and magnolia bark tincture.


Catch the audio above.

The Keefer Bar


1oz dragonfruit infused gin
1oz nigori sake
0.5oz ginger syrup
0.5oz lemon juice
3-4 dashes magnolia bark tincture.

Shake on ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pear fan.

This drink is absolutely delicious. So well balance, with a nice zip of ginger. I’d say this could just be the solution to the common cold, or it will at least make the sniffles a little more tolerable. Looking forward to working my way through a few more of these healthful drinks on the list at The Keefer. Here’s to a healthy 2017!

Hand Crafted Spirits On TSN1410 – The Emerald And A Brandy Alexander

Rachel Zottenberg’s Brandy Alexander at The Emerald Supper Club

If you been following the Hand Crafted Spirits Show, you may have caught a few segments where Joe Leary and I search for tasty cocktails on TSN1410.  This week we were off for some house-made Kahlua as we catch up with Rachel Zottenberg at The Emerald Super Club.

Catch the AUDIO in this clip. 

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Here’s The Emerald’s version of a Brandy Alexander

Start in a shaker
1.5 oz brandy
1 oz House made Kahlua liqueur
1 oz whipping cream (*soy milk can be used as a substitution here)

Add ice and shake vigorously.
Fine strain into martini glass or coupe.
Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

The Emerald’s house-made Kahlua

1 750ml bottle of Absolute Elyx Vodka
2 cups Havana Club Rum Anjeo
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup of instant coffee granules (make sure this is just straight instant coffee – no flavours)
(and yes instant coffee is the choice here, it offers great flavour and smoothness)
1 vanilla bean scraped out
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup dark chocolate cooking chocolate
1 orange peel (no pith only peel)
6 cups of water

Stovetop preparation
Boil water, coffee, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate together; drop to a simmer.
At simmer, add your orange peel and vanilla and stir for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the vodka and rum; allow to cool.

Strain out items or leave them in depending on how long you plan on using the Kahlua. *Keep Kahlua refrigerated.

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About The Emerald

The Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge, located in Chinatown, features an old school Vegas vibe, complete with vintage décor. Now in its third year of operations, the restaurant has become known for its eclectic events line-up, spirit-forward cocktails and satisfying mix of snacks and heartier dishes.

The drink menu features a variety of cheers-worthy classic and signature cocktails, along with 16 perfectly-curated beers on tap and many bottles to choose from as well. The wine list features great local and international selections.

About The Emerald’s Brand Alexander cocktail
“At The Emerald, we make a small tweak to the classic Brandy Alexander recipe by using our house-made Kahlua liqueur in place of the dark creme de cacao normally used in the drink,” says Rachel Zottenberg, owner. “This small change adds a delicious nutty, coffee element to the classic cocktail.”

Website: http://emeraldsupperclub.com/
Twitter: @theemeraldyvr
Instagram: @emeraldsupperclub
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Emerald-507093619337170/

Just Here for the Beer Radio

The next edition of Just Here For The Beer Radio on AM 650 is on Tuesday October 12th from 6-7 pm.
Check out a 5 minute clip from the first show Just_Here_for_the_Beer_radio_5min_clip

Join us live at the studio for the official Kitchen Party featuring beer samples from our show sponsors or at Original Joe’s afterwards for a pint or two.
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: CISL 650 Studio
Address: #20 – 11151 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, B.C., V7A 4S5
Details: Beer samples will be served, listen to the live broadcast, meet show guests and co-hosts
7:30-9:30 pm
Location: Original Joe’s
Address: #110 – 11080 #5 Road, Richmond, B.C., V7A 5J7
Details: Come for a pint, stick around for some food and fun with the show co-hosts and other VIPs.

2nd Annual Gastown Blues & Chili Fest

Jump Blues. Boogie. Rockabilly. Shuffle. Gospel…and Chili. The Inaugural Gastown Blues & Chili Festival had it all, and we’re gearing up to make the 2nd Annual event even better! The neighbourhood celebration is set to take place on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 from noon to 7PM, and will showcase local up-and-coming and high profile musicians throughout the day.

Gastown is becoming ever-more recognized for the incredibly talented chefs in the neighbourhood, and the Gastown Blues & Chili Festival provides the opportunity for them to showcase their talents in the Chili Competition. Once again, local celebrity judges will be deciding who can deliver the best Chili in town, with gallons of the Fall favourite available for all to sample.

Last year, the event attracted close to 5,000 visitors to Abbott Street, and garnered more than 1.4 million media impressions. Twenty Gastown area restaurants and the Vancouver Fire Department participated in the Chili Competition, and the day was capped off with a performance from Blues legend, Jim Byrnes.

The Gastown Blues & Chili Festival is a celebration of community businesses, local residents, and will raise funds for a local music-based charity. A carnival-type atmosphere with games, a beer tent and other entertainment is guaranteed to have both young and old enjoying the vibe!

Don’t miss Gastown Blues & Chili Fest – Heating up Vancouver’s Coolest ‘Hood

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