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By Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins

Published 1:53 PDT, Fri May 10, 2024

Last Updated: 2:33 PDT, Fri May 10, 2024

Spotlight on cocktails for the patio season & more great home viewing

THE SIP – Rose Margarita

We continue our warm up toward the summer season with more cocktail suggestions from our experts. Martin Kovalcik, beverage director, for the Glowbal Restaurant Group, is back with another offering you can sample at his home base, Glowbal restaurant, or in your own home. “As the temperature rises and the sun shines brighter, there’s no better way to cool off and unwind than with a refreshing margarita in hand,” Kovalcik says. What he has done with his Rose Margarita is introduce rosé wine to this wonderful cocktail. “Rose and the classic margarita are a match made in heaven,” he says. After we sip and sample, we wholeheartedly agree. “For the 3 oz of rosé wine we would recommend dryer French style rosé,” Kovalcik says, “and our favorite is the Whispering Angel Rosé with the flavours of grapefruit, citrus, peach and refreshing acidity.” The other ingredients include:

1 oz Tequila Blanco,

0.75 oz fresh lime juice,

1 oz simple syrup (made with equal part water and sugar).

Then garnish: regular salt or salt combined with dry rose buds, and dehydrated lime wheel.

Then shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass.


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THE SIP – Choya Cold Brew Slush

Our second cocktail suggestion comes from our partners at Axis Planning Inc, the importer team behind introducing Canada to the Japanese liqueur brand known as CHOYA. For this cocktail we spotlight CHOYA 23 Ume Fruit Liqueur as a main ingredient in the CHOYA Cold Brew Slush, which is perfect for the upcoming patio season. While filming Our City Tonight with Axis Planning at Science World’s recent “Science of Cocktails” event, we were able to sample this delicious cocktail that is not available in restaurants, but like all our experts’ suggestions, easy to make at home. 

Start with 1.05 oz of CHOYA 23,

2 oz of cold brew,

0.25 oz of banana liqueur,

1 oz of coconut milk,

0.5 oz of gingerbread syrup,

If desired, 1 chocolate “straw”

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