Get into the Festive Spirits with Vancouver TheatreSports 

 

The holiday period is a time of imbibing indulgence with all the eggnog, hot spiced cider and mulled wine adding to the conviviality of the season.

Paul Belsito, manager of the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL)  The Improv Centre, has been getting into the festive spirits and designing special cocktails to complement VTSL’s holiday show Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition which previews November 23 and runs through December 23.

This year’s edition of the Christmas Queen saga finds our favourite blue-haired ‘Dame’ as the star of her own reality show. Her suitors are the ‘Who’s Who’ of the holiday season – Frosty the Snowman, Elf on a Shelf, Scrooge, the Grinch and Santa Claus to name a few of the possible contenders for the coveted rose.

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“I’ve tried to design the drinks to represent some of the show’s key themes,” says Belsito. “I think I’ve created ones that convey its ‘spirit’ – fun and a little naughty.”

• ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN: “Pale gold in colour (like an engagement ring), the name is a takeoff on All the King’s Men and refers to all the Christmas Queen’s suitors. It’s got a lovely butterscotch flavor, like the Mackintosh toffees you often find in a Christmas stocking.” Ingredients: Zubrowka Vodka, organic apple juice and a splash of Butterscotch liqueur.

• AFTER-EIGHT ELF: “This cocktail tastes just like a delicious creamy after-eight chocolate mint. It’s a frothy Christmassy green so very festive looking.” Ingredients: Baileys Irish Cream, Dark Crème de Cacao, and a splash of Crème de Menthe, shaken and served over ice.

• CHRISTMAS ROMANCE: “This cocktail is a nod to the romance in the show. It’s a passionate ruby red colour which is reminiscent of the Bachelorette’s rose as well as being appropriate for the holiday season.” Ingredients: Spiced Rum, Amaretto and Cranberry Juice.

Value-priced at $8 (Scrooge would approve), and as jewel-toned as a string of Christmas lights, VTSL’s holiday cocktails are available only through the run of Christmas Queen 3 and are sure to delight even the Grinch.

Join us for a little holiday cheer and festive spirits Wednesday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm, November 23 through December 23 in the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. The fully-licensed Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance.

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League

Voted Vancouver’s #1 Improv Comedy Company (2016 Best of Vancouver Awards), Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) is a well-respected international leader in the art form. VTSL entertains more than 60,000 people per year through 11 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, the fully-licensed The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level and a corporate training division, Improv for Business. Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the support of show sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, The Granville Island Hotel, and Lamar Transit Advertising. vtsl.com

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