Thor Paulson is the Bar Manager at L’Abattoir in Gastown.
I asked Thor to make a selection of his unique cocktails at L’Abattoir.
Up first is the Castles Made of Sand
Inspiration: 33 Acres of Ocean Pale Ale and the fact that a splash of Campari makes any beer better (a trick I learned post-shift at the Diamond).
30ml verjus blanc
15ml honey water (1:1 ratio of water to honey)
90ml 33 Acres of Ocean Pale Ale
Grapefruit twist (garnish)
Combine all ingredients except twist in a boston glass with ice. Stir three times to mix ingredients and roll into an ice-filled collins glass. Express grapefruit oils overtop and garnish with twist.
The next cocktail he made was the Winston Wolfe
Inspiration: the eponymous character from Pulp Fiction, who drank black coffee and got things done.
30ml rye (I use George Dickel)
15ml Cocchi Barolo Chinato
15ml cold brew coffee (I use Notch)
Orange twist (garnish)
Combine all ingredients except garnish in a mixing glass. Stir for 15 seconds and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Express orange oil over top and use twist as garnish.
The last cocktail he made was the Purple Heart
Inspiration: Heavily inspired by a drink made by Matt Van Dinther of Nomad restaurant. He taught me a lot of things, including that peated scotch and cassis are delicious together.
45ml Glenmorangie 10 year
10ml Odd Society Cassis
7ml Ardbeg 10 year
1 dash Angostura
lemon twist (garnish)
Stir all ingredients except garnish in a mixing glass filled with ice for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with expressed oil of lemon twist, then use twist for garnish.
By: Richard Wolak