100 Mile Cocktail Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster 100 Mile Cocktail Challenge was successful featuring 7 creations in this challenge from restaurants and bars around Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their 100 Mile Cocktail Creation on their menu from July 4-27, 2014. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Cassandra Anderton, Dawn Chubai, Christine McAvoy  and Brian Webb

The Winners are:

1st Place: The Stanley Park

The Stanley Park

Pinnacle Pier Hotel

The Stanley Park

Description: Martini

Ingredients: Yaletown Distilling Company Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, locally grown basil leaves, ‘Twisted Bitter’ Victoria Spirits, Rosemary grapefruit, Rabbit River Farms egg whites and garnish with basil leaf

Created by: Kelly Robert

Pinnacle Pier Hotel

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-986-7437

Web: http://pinnaclepierhotel.com/the_lobby.html

Twitter: @PinnaclePier

 

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts

2nd Place: The Blacktail Sour

The Blacktail Sour

Blacktail Florist

Description: The drink is a complex and vegital cocktail, with sour notes from the fresh pressed rhubarb and a delicate sweetness to finish

Ingredients: Long Table Distillery Gin, Odd Society Creme de cassis, Rhubarb, Local Honey Syrup, Egg Whites

Created by: Connor Gotowiec

Blacktail Florist

332 Water Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-669 -0249

Web: http://blacktailflorist.ca/

Twitter: @THEFLORISTbc

 

Connor Gotowiec

Connor Gotowiec

3rd Place: Apron Vesper

Apron Vesper

 

The Apron

Description: A local twist on the classic James Bond favourite

Ingredients: Long Table Distillery London Dry Gin, Long Table Distillery Texada Vodka, Triple Sec, Agnostura Bitters, Orange Twist

Created by: Allister Cave

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr

 

Allister Cave

Allister Cave

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the 100 Mile Cocktail Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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ABODE Restaurant

Boa Bite

Boa Bite

Description: The Boa Bite is a dry, incredibly refreshing cocktail inspired by the Snakebite and Black AKA Diesel – a popular cocktail from the UK made of lager or stout, hard cider and blackcurrant syrup. We’ve taken this favourite and replaced blackcurrant syrup with blackcurrant liqueur and added a fresh finish of muddled mint. Topped off with a garnish of house made caramel lacing, one sip from this cocktail will take you to the tropical climates where this exotic snake calls home.

Ingredients: Stanley Park Brewery Pilsner, Vancouver Island Merridale Traditional Craft Cider, Odd Society Spirit’s Crème de Cassis Liqueur, Mint (from our rooftop garden), Caramel garnish

Created by: Tannis Smith

ABODE Restaurant

1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Pinnacle Pier Hotel

The Stanley Park

The Stanley Park

Description: Martini

Ingredients: Yaletown Distilling Company Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, locally grown basil leaves, ‘Twisted Bitter’ Victoria Spirits, Rosemary grapefruit, Rabbit River Farms egg whites and garnish with basil leaf

Created by: Kelly Robert

Pinnacle Pier Hotel

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-986-7437

Web: http://pinnaclepierhotel.com/the_lobby.html

Twitter: @PinnaclePier

 

3rd Place People’s Choice: 

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Pan Pacific Hotel

Ruby Line

Ruby Line

Description of drink- a tangy and refreshing summer sipping cocktail inspired by the St. John’s Newfoundland area known as the Ruby Line, where rhubarb grow wild and are a summer treat.

Ingredients: Long Table Distillery Gin, Glorious Organics rhubarb juice, Moondog cherry suis bitters, strawberry, vanilla bean syrup, rhubarb spear

Created by: Scott Moriarty

Pan Pacific Vancouver

999 Canada Place Way #300, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 662-8111

Web: http://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/canada/vancouver/stay/dining.html

Twitter: @panpacificvan

Thank you to all the bartenders, bars and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their 100 Mile Cocktails on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their 100 Mile Cocktails creations! See all the 7 Cocktail entries here.

By: Richard Wolak