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Hand Crafted Spirits on TSN1410 – The Cascade Room and The Burrard Gimlet

Bartender Justin Taylor at The Cascade Room – Burrard Gimlet

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 a quick lunch and cocktail sampling in East Van.

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Main Street’s Cascade Room is now home to Justin Taylor, who’s been a fixture behind the bar at places such at the Four Seasons, and recently Boulevard at The Sutton Place Hotel. He impressed us with his Burrard Gimlet and let us in on what the Cascade Room’s been up to this fall.

To catch the AUDIO in this clip

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  • 1.5 oz Gillespie’s Sin Gin
  • 0.5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 0.5 oz chamomile cordial*
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 3 dashes Bittered Sling Lem Marrakesh
  • 1 pinch Vancouver Island Sea Salt


  • Rim half glass with sea salt
  • Combine all ingredients including pinch of sea salt to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake for 15 seconds
  • Double strain to a half rimmed coupe glass


  • Lime twist
  • Taboo Absinthe mist

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Caviar & Cocktails

SONY DSCThursday, March 6 marks a culinary collaborative to remember at YEW seafood + bar as some of the city’s best mixers and makers participate in this spirited “Caviar” & Cocktails event. YEW seafood + bar’s own top toque, Ned Bell and lead bartender, Justin Taylor play host for this ‘mix and match’ multi-course event.

Joining Ned and Justin in this fun and friendly collaborative are West Restaurant + Bar‘s celebrated Executive Chef Quang Dang and award-winning mixologist David Wolowidnyk, as well as internationally-acclaimed Bittered Sling proprietors Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote.  All offering premiere experiences to Vancouver diners and imbibers, YEW, West and Bittered Sling make up a fierce collection of Vancouver’s brightest culinary masters.

Coming together in the ‘spirit’ of collaboration, these eminent chefs and illustrious bartenders will show guests what diverse pairings their magnificent minds can come up with when outside their comfort zones and put to the test. For the first three of six courses, traditional alliances will be off the table and intriguing ‘one night only’ teams created between bartender and chef: Ned and David; Jonathan and Justin; and Quang and Lauren. The final three courses will reunite each restaurant’s respective colleagues. All in all, this will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the vibrant potential of creative culinary combinations.

Cocktail creations are supported by local craft distillery Okanagan Spirits. Okanagan Spirits is an internationally acclaimed craft distillery featuring a unique selection of specialty spirits. Made from 100% BC fruit, and without additives, chemicals or artificial flavours, these fine spirits have won numerous awards domestically and internationally.

Emceed by well-known Vancouver television personality and songstress  Dawn Chubai, the “Caviar” & Cocktails event will be one to remember, bringing stars together to ignite their passion and embrace their diversity in a culinary collaboration like no other.Tickets are priced at $125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity and are exclusively available for purchase on Eventbrite.

ABOUT YEW seafood + bar
YEW seafood + bar is one of the city’s premiere sustainable seafood restaurants, delivering delicious cuisine, thoughtfully paired wines, innovative cocktails and a fun, welcoming environment for guests – all wrapped in legendary Four Seasons service. Guided by passionate, talented and local Executive Chef Ned Bell and his “globally inspired, locally created” philosophy, YEW is making its mark as an unmissable Vancouver dining experience.  Perched at treetop level in Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, YEW’s chic space, communal table and bar make it the perfect place to bring your social network. Get social by ‘like’ing YEW seafood + bar on Facebook and follow through Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver on Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT West Restaurant + Bar
The jewel in Vancouver’s culinary crown, West’s exceptional regional cuisine and seamless service has garnered much critical acclaim both locally and internationally. Chef Quang Dang sources pristine regional ingredients to deliver superbly conceived dishes. Highly acclaimed wine and cocktail programs.  For more information visit West Restaurant + Bar’s website, ‘like’ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT Bittered Sling
Bittered Sling celebrates the collaboration of bartender/sommelier Lauren Mote and chef Jonathan Chovancek, who together bring a combined 30 years of professional experience, knowledge and innovation to the Canadian food and beverage industry. Their line of high-quality, small-batch bitters and extracts – available in a growing number of restaurants, bars and retail locations across North America – provides palate, plate and potion alike with a subtle-yet-exciting fusion of homegrown ingredients and flavours. For more information visit Bittered Sling’s website , ‘like’ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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