10 reasons to drink at Boxcar in Vancouver

10 reasons to drink at Boxcar in Vancouver

If a dive cocktail bar is something of a quandary to you. Let Boxcar answer this practical dilemma. On a day off I was toured around the wonderful Boxcar in Vancouver. Open since 2013′, this wonderful sister venue screams with character. Dylan mixed me a few beverages and waxed on about seals. Here are 10 reasons you should be drinking here. 1} As the name would suggest, the venue is long and sleek. This space makes things…

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Cuba Libre, and why there are no bad drinks..

Cuba Libre, and why there are no bad drinks..

My Cuba Libre Story Were you ever at a rum bar, ask for a Daiquiri and then been told : « Sorry but we don’t do that here. Just pick a drink from the list !» Or have you ever heard a bartender refusing to make an apple martini because he believes it is simply “no good”? What about the Cuba Libre? In my opinion, these situations happen too often. As a bartender, I consider making my patrons happy…

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“West Side Rosemary Sour”

“West Side Rosemary Sour”

1 part Grey Goose Cherry Noir 1/2 part Cherry Brandy 1/2 part Carpano Antica 1 part lime juice 1/2 part Maple Syrup 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters Rosemary Sprig Put rosemary and lime juice into shaker and muddle 8-10 times. Add rest of ingredients into shaker, shake well with ice, double strain into coop glass and garnish with rosemary sprig.

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“The Mount Gay Mo-Ji-To”

“The Mount Gay Mo-Ji-To”

4 parts Mount Gay eclipse Rum 1 part Agave Nectar (1:1) 2 parts Water 4 dashes Fee Brothers Mint Bitters 2 cubes Compressed CO2 (Dry Ice, Food Grade) 3 fresh mint leaves Add rum, agave, 1/2 water and bitter in glass, stir well to combine. Add CO2, dash water, top with ice and stir add mint leaves on top. Photo Courtesy Tieran Green

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“Pho’ Cosmo”

3 parts Belvedere PURE (Lime Infusion) 2 parts Belvedere PURE (Carrot Infusion) 2 parts Lillet Blanc 4 Fresh Thai Basil Leaves 2 wedges of lime 1/2 part agave nectar 2 dashes Twisted & Bitter Black Pepper bitters Add ingredients to ice filled mixing glass, shake hard, double strain into chilled coupe, dash bitters

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