Pride Crawl Cocktail Fundraiser Prompts My Own Mini-Crawl

 

This year, more than 40 of Vancouver’s top restaurants and bars are celebrating Pride and showing their support for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the LGBTQ2+ community by participating in the Pride Crawl Cocktail Fundraiser from July 14 through August 6.

That’s a lot of finely-crafted cocktails to choose from, and anyone who knows this wine-loving gal knows I’m no cocktail expert. So I decided to create my own mini-crawl over two days this week to further my cocktail education and highlight a few of the libations you can enjoy over the next several weeks.

Juniper Vancouver – The  Tr-hop-ical Dream

My first stop was to Juniper Vancouver, right in the heart of a burgeoning restaurant scene in Chinatown. Bar Manager Max Borrowman presented me with the Tr-hop-ical Dream, a mix of Jameson, cinnamon and pinapple puree, lemon, and local IPA.

This was a refreshing and complex cocktail – fruit-forward, but then the hops follow, lending a complexity I wasn’t expecting with the first sip. A good start for this newbie.

Juniper's Max Borrowman preparing my Tr-hop-ical Dream. Photo by Cathy Browne

Juniper’s Max Borrowman. Photo by Cathy Browne

Juniper's Pride Cocktail is the Tr-hop-ical Dream - a refreshing and complex mix ofJameson, cinnamon and pinapple puree, lemon, and local IPA. Photo by Cathy Browne

Juniper’s Pride Crawl cocktail is the Tr-hop-ical Dream. Photo by Cathy Browne

UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar – The Proud Seaman

Next, I visited Sabrine Dhaliwal, Bar Manager at UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar, for a taste of her Pride concoction – The Proud Seaman. This tall, fruity drink consisted of Belvedere Vodka, Okanagan Spirits Haskap Liqueur, apple black tea, lemon juice, and Bittered Sling Cranberry Bitters all topped with a little soda water with a strawberry and umbrella garnish.

Perfect for summer sipping.

UVA's Sabrine Dhalwal. Photo by Cathy Browne

UVA’s Sabrine Dhalwal. Photo by Cathy Browne

UVA's Pride Crawl cocktail - The Proud Seaman. Photo by Cathy Browne

UVA’s Pride Crawl cocktail – The Proud Seaman. Photo by Cathy Browne

L’Abattoir – The Rhapsody

On the second day of my mimi-crawl I ventured into Gastown and L’Abattoir, where Bar Manager Katie Ingram made me a colourful Rhapsody cocktail. This was a blend of  ingredients new and different for me, so this cocktail became an adventure. Consisting of Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Bols Blue Curaçao, Giffard Abricot du Roussillon, lime & Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach bitters, the Rhapsody lives up to its name.

Katie Ingram of L'Abattoir. Photo by Cathy Browne

Katie Ingram of L’Abattoir. Photo by Cathy Browne

L'Abattoir's Rhapsody Pride Crawl cocktail. Photo by Cathy Browne

L’Abattoir’s Rhapsody Pride Crawl cocktail. Photo by Cathy Browne

Pourhouse – The Bittercup

I then headed over to the Pourhouse Restaurant, a Gastown destination known for its classic cocktails. And Christopher Flett made me a beautiful, classic Bittercup – a mix of Campari, Fernet Branca, grapefruit and cranberry juices, and sparkling wine – lovely to look at and not too sweet.

Christopher Flett at Pourhouse presented the Bittercup as their Pride Crawl cocktail. Photo by Cathy Browne

Christopher Flett at Pourhouse presented the Bittercup as their Pride Crawl cocktail. Photo by Cathy Browne

Pourhouse Restaurant's Bittercup Pride Crawl cocktail. Photo by Cathy Browne

Pourhouse Restaurant’s Bittercup Pride Crawl cocktail. Photo by Cathy Browne

The Keefer Bar – The Ladyboy

My last stop was back in Chinatown at the fun and eclectic Keefer Bar, where Bar Manager Amber Bruce was waiting to serve me her cheekily named Ladyboy cocktail – not only in a glass, but in a bowl for group sipping!

The Keefer Bar's Amber Bruce. Photo by Cathy Browne

The Keefer Bar’s Amber Bruce. Photo by Cathy Browne

Made with Forty Creek Canadian Whisky, lemon, ginger, banana liqueur, and a housemaid black sake liqueur, the Ladyboy definitely evoked the tropics, but with some intriguing undertones. And who doesn’t want to drink out of a flaming punch bowl?

The Keefer Bar's Pride Crawl cocktail - the Ladyboy. Photo by Cathy Browne

The Keefer Bar’s Pride Crawl cocktail – the Ladyboy. Photo by Cathy Browne

The Keefer Bar's Ladyboy cocktail also comes in a punch bowl. Photo by Cathy Browne

The Keefer Bar’s Ladyboy cocktail also comes in a punch bowl. Photo by Cathy Browne

I had a terrific time learning more about cocktails and spending time with some of the most talented mixologists in town. Why not get some friends together and design your own Pride Crawl in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation? All the participating bars and restaurants can be found by visiting http://www.drpeter.org/events/pride-crawl.

Cheers!

 

Cathy Browne

About Cathy Browne

I’m a lifestyle, travel, and events photographer who just happens to be legally blind. I use my camera to capture and share things I don't see. I’m also a veteran PR gal and accessibility advocate. I love the West Coast, and I'm proud to call Vancouver home. I love everything Apple, writing, photo-walking, travel, food and wine, hot sake, politics, my cats, CBC Radio, trivia and hugs.

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