Aug 29, 2023
Top 3 Fresh Cocktails to Serve at Your Next Gathering
By Seton Noble
As a bartender at one of Banff’s busiest cocktail bars one summer, I learned a thing or two about creating high-end custom cocktails and what the fan favourites are. I worked closely with our bar team and chef to create not just tasty cocktails, but also learned how to wrap an experience around the presentation. Whether you mix it in a teapot and call it a “tea party” or light it on fire with some rosemary, mixing well paired flavours, good quality ingredients and a bit of “a show” is sure to impress your guests. Here are 3 of my favourites:
The Banff Sunset Martini
The Banff Sunset Martini is a delightful and visually stunning cocktail that captures the essence of a Banff summer evening. It’s a perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and a touch of herbal notes. Here’s how to make it:
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz elderflower liqueur
- 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
- 0.25 oz simple syrup (adjust to taste)
- A sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish
- A few edible flowers for garnish (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
- To add some flair, carefully ignite a fresh rosemary sprig with a kitchen torch and place it in the glass for a smoky aroma.
- Garnish with edible flowers for an extra touch of elegance.
- Serve immediately and enjoy the Banff sunset in a glass!
The Mountain Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule, perfectly suited for sipping on a warm summer day in the Canadian Rockies.
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 4 oz ginger beer
- Fresh mint leaves
- Slices of fresh lime, sprig of rosemary and cherries for garnish. Light the rosemary for a few seconds for a smoky aroma and “show” as you serve.
- Crushed ice
- Fill a copper mule mug or a highball glass with crushed ice.
- Add the vodka and fresh lime juice.
- Stir gently to combine.
- Top off the drink with ginger beer.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves and slices of lime.
- Give it a gentle stir, and your Mountain Mule is ready to quench your thirst.
Alpine Breeze Spritzer
When you want a light and refreshing cocktail to beat the summer heat, the Alpine Breeze Spritzer is the way to go. It’s a bubbly concoction that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
- 2 oz Aperol
- 2 oz Prosecco (or any dry sparkling wine)
- 1 oz soda water
- Fresh orange slices for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Fill a wine glass with ice cubes.
- Pour in the Aperol.
- Add the Prosecco and soda water.
- Give it a gentle stir.
- Garnish with fresh orange slices.
- Enjoy the effervescent and citrusy delight of the Alpine Breeze Spritzer.
These three summer cocktails with a mountain fresh twist, not only taste fantastic but also bring a touch of Banff’s natural beauty and charm to your glass. Remember, when crafting cocktails, it’s not just about the ingredients; it’s about the experience. So, shake, garnish, and serve with flair. Put the drink in a unique glass, add lots of garnish and watch your guests be wowed by the flavors and presentation. Cheers to a summer filled with memorable moments and delicious drinks!