Finally! The skies are clear and the sun is shining on Vancouver, summer is here and it couldn’t come soon enough. With a suitably spectacular Canada day in our rear vision and nothing but excitement for long days and beach sunsets for the next few months, we have been tinkering with drinks that will appropriately compliment the warm sunshine you’ve been dreaming of… And boy to we have some doozies! Think of it like the soundtrack to the summer… For your mouth!
We have a host of new and exciting ingredients gracing the pages of the Keefer menu for the first time this season, a range of traditional Chinese tonics, lemon verbena, traditional Mexican molé bitters and dill weed, just to name a few.
To kick things off, Gez and Keenan teamed up over a Saturday afternoon prep sessions to bring you a sequel to last years hugely popular ‘Judo Kick’ cocktail (Cachaca, lime, ginger, wasabi, shiso leaf), The ‘Judo Chop’ is a master that has earned his stripes, weighing in the heavyweight Herradura Reposado tequila, yellow Chartreuse, Chrysanthemum, citrus and a finishing move of fresh jalapeño. Right up the alley of any lover of spice!
The ‘Komodo Dragon’ holds the core of the classic summer garden cocktail ‘The Pimms Cup’ close while luring in some much loved Chinatown produce and products. Lychees, yuzu marmalade and a royal jelly and ginkgo biloba tonic – used for centuries in china and proven to assist in cognitive function and memory. A literally unforgettable cocktail.
For the easy drinking, people watching, patio session – we have no shortage of long drinks. the main st lemonade takes Canadian whiskey for a ride with Yun-Zhi mushroom infused maple syrup, lemon and cinnamon. The Royal Unicorn cocktail takes everything great an green, cucumber, lime, cilantro blitzed Gin with pineapple and ginger to make a zesty tipple coined to be a standout summer staple.
As we have learned from our 3-plus years on Keefer st, long summer afternoons tend to turn into long summer nights, so when it’s time to shorten and strengthen your cocktails, we have a new run of re-fashioned classic to kick the evening up a gear. Introducing the ‘Solstice Negroni’ (Gin, Aperol, Martini Bianco, cherry and vanilla bitters), ‘Tequila Re-fashioned’ (Herradura reposado, agave, pink peppercorn) and the ‘Viva La Vida’ (Mezcal, sweet vermouth, maraschino, molè bitters). All these liquor forward cocktails aim to please the palate of cocktail veterans and newbies alike.
Join us to bring in the summer right! The Chinatown Night market is in full swing with a host of new vendors, entertainment, food trucks, ping pong tournaments and classic Chinese cinema projections onto the side of the Keefer building. Chinatown is abuzz every weekend,
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With lots of weekly drink specials, 2 for 1 appies on weekdays, and brand new summer jazz sessions every second wednesday, we want to see you on Keefer St soon!