Meet the Vancouver Finalists in Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition

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Summer’s all about refreshment, an indulgence that starts and ends with the perfect cocktail. Sure, you can mix a mean gin tonic, but there’s always room for a little more magic in your mixology.

That’s why Bombay Sapphire is travelling across the country to see what Canada’s most impressive bartenders have up their sleeve.

Eight of Canada’s most imaginative bartenders will be competing for the chance to be crowned the winner of the 2016 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Laverstoke, U.K.

The best part? They’ll be sharing the recipes of their signature cocktails along the way to give you an inside look at the artistry behind their craft.

We caught up with the amazing Vancouver finalists to find out what’s shaken and stirred.

Both Aimee Corno (Acorn) and Luke O’toole (Hawksworth) have created cocktails that stay true to what surrounds them. From chilled Stanley Park pebbles to art gallery inspiration, these cocktails find the balance between what’s around us and what’s right in front of us. And they make it all look (and taste) incredible.

See them in action below, and try out their recipes to test how your skills match up with some of the best bartenders in Canada.

Aimee Corno | “L’ Eau de Reve

  • 5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • .5 Willow Bark Infused Noilly Prat Original Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Wild Cherry Tisane
  • .5 oz Nettle Tisane
  • .25 oz Saffron Tisane
  • Garnished with Sweet Sicily flower

Luke O’toole | “A Cocktail of Two Cities”

  • 2 1/2 Oz Bombay Sapphire infused with Stanley Park Sitka Spruce tips and Pink Grapefruit
  • 3/4 Oz Pink Grapefruit
  • 1 Oz Heirloom Carrot Juice
  • Stir all ingredients over ice until chilled and served over chilled Stanley Park pebbles. Finish with a pink grapefruit twist and the sounds and aromas of Stanley Park

Stay tuned to see the other six finalists’ cocktails, including Calgary duo Dominik Aschauer and Samantha Casuga here.