5 Gin Cocktail Recipes from Pourhouse in Vancouver, BC

Testa Rossa

Brian Grant selected Victoria Gin, a gin distilled in small batches on Vancouver Island, for this juicy-tasting Aperol cocktail. The distillers use locally sourced ingredients and makes the gin by hand in a wood-fired still. The pronounced juniper and floral flavors of the gin add brightness to the cocktail. Melody Fury

Since it opened 2 years ago, Pourhouse has become a prominent part of Gastown's cocktail scene. Although situated across from the Steamclock, an often-crowded Vancouver, BC landmark, It's by no means a tourist trap. For locals, Pourhouse is a beacon for thoughtfully constructed cocktails paired with solid comfort food.

Bartenders at Pourhouse strive to serve up the classics without making any compromises, and according to bar manager Patrick Reynard, the team is constantly creating new concoctions such as as these 5 new gin drinks.

Reynard, a Montreal transplant who has been with Pourhouse since the construction, is thankful that the staff has a lot of freedom to experiment. These five gin cocktails feature the many sides of the spirit, from light and bright to deep and herbal.

To start off, the frothy Don't Mind if I Do is easy-sipping. Elderflower liqueur's floral character is balanced by the zing of fresh lime juice, and celery bitters round off the drink with an earthy savoriness.

For the coral colored Testa Rossa, bartender Brian Grant selected the locally distilled Victoria Gin and mixed it with Aperol and lemon for a cocktail evocative of blood oranges and juicy watermelon. The shaken egg white creates a silky texture and provides body.

For a post-dinner drink, choose Jutland Calling, a complex cocktail on the sweeter side. Bornholmer Bitter, a lesser known Danish bitter, provides a pronounced cardamom scent to the cocktail, which finishes with a hint of burnt sugar.

Il Padronne, a lighter variation of the classic Negroni, and the Averna-based Penny Farthing are offered off menu—you can request them by name at the bar, or try your hand at the recipes below.

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Jutland Calling »


162 Water Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, Canada (map) 604-568-7022; pourhousevancouver.com

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  • Don't Mind If I Do
  • Testa Rossa
  • Il Padronne
  • Penny Farthing
  • Jutland Calling