Vancouver Holiday Cocktail Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Holiday Cocktail Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their festive Holiday Cocktail creations into this challenge, most have created a special creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their margarita creations on their menu from November 15 – December 10, 2023.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the holiday cocktail creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best holiday cocktail creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Social media share your photos and videos over Instagram and TikTok throughout the challenge, by tagging @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #HolidayCocktailChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your social media sharing during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite margarita creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

How to VOTE :

  1. Look for our Cocktail challenge posters in each of the participating restaurants and cafes.
  2. Scan the QR code and Vote for your favourites from November 15-December 10, 2023.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more and taste the different sangria creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the Holiday Cocktail creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

75 West Coast Grill

Raincouver Sour

Price: $15

Created by: Bartender Moon Lee

Description: The Raincouver Sour is a tantalizing cocktail that marries the rich, oaky notes of Canadian rye whiskey with the exquisite sweetness of Hungarian golden pear liqueur. We’ve added Drambuie (hint of honey & spice), rosemary & cinnamon syrup (aromatic & herbal twist) and a squeeze of lemon juice for a citrusy zing. Topped with egg white for a frothy cap, a few dashes of Angostura bitters and garnished with fresh rosemary and a thin lemon chip. Enjoy responsibly!

Ingredients: Canadian rye whiskey, Hungarian Golden Pear, Drambuie, egg white, rosemary & cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, Angostura bitter, lemon chip, cinnamon powder

Offered: All the time

75 West Coast Grill

7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Tel:(604) 232-2804


Instagram @75westyvr

Vivace on the Drive

Vivace Wonder Land

Price: $16

Created by: Bar Manager Sylvain

Description: Introducing the Vivace Wonderland Holiday Cocktail, a festive and indulgent drink perfect for the holiday season. Made with smooth vanilla vodka and rich white chocolate liquor, this cocktail is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The addition of half and half creates a creamy texture, while the whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles add a touch of whimsy. To top it off, the cocktail is garnished with white chocolate snow, making it a truly magical experience. Enjoy the holidays in style with the Vivace Wonderland Holiday Cocktail.

Ingredients: Half and half, White chocolate LIQOUR, Vanilla vodka; Finished with whip cream Christmas sprinkles and dusted white chocolate.

Offered: from 5pm until close (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Available: Dine in only

Vivace on the Drive

1728 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604) 253-0888


Instagram @vivaceonthedrive

Food by Fanta

Co Co Christmas

Price $16

Created by: Davina, Keita and Katy

Description: Introducing our Co Co Christmas cocktail. Our Thai inspired cocktail blends aromatic Pandan Vodka (infused in house), Coconut Tequila, sweetened coconut cream and fresh lime juice. Frozen melon balls add another depth of flavor as they slowly infuse the cocktail. Garnished with dehydrated Starfruit dusted with hibiscus sugar. One sip and you’ll feel like you’re on holiday in Thailand.

Our holiday offering is inspired by one of Chef Fanta’s favorite Thai desserts known as Thang Thai Krati Sod. This beloved dessert is eaten during times of celebration and we’ve taken those flavor profiles and crafted our own unique cocktail.


• Pandan Infused Vodka

• Coconut Tequila

• Sweetened Coconut Cream (sweetened with Palm sugar)

• Frozen Melon Balls

• Garnished w/dehydrated Starfruit dusted with Hibiscus sugar

• Toasted coconut rim with hibiscus sugar

Offered: Lunch and Dinner

Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley

Tel; (604) 530-6803


Instagram @foodbyfanta

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Maggi Mei

Blogger and Instagrammer

Instagram: @magmei

Joyce Lam

Food Blogger for her own Vanfoodies

Instagram: @vanfoodies

TikTok @vanfoodies

Danny Hoa

Instagrammer and Influencer

Instagram @kumofoodlist