What to make a night in feel like a night out? Cocktail kits!
We chatted up Vancouver’s own mixologist Sabrine Dhaliwal. Based on her recommendations, we have come up with 8 spots where you can find those awesome cocktail kits.
The Chickadee Room
At the 80’s theme bar, bar manager Sabrine Dhaliwal‘s take on incorporating premium Belvedere Vodka is among the 4 cocktail kits, with the rest covering also gin, bourbon, and tequila. And don’t forget to order some famous Juke’s fried chicken from next door, the perfect bites to go with the drinks that you are going to make!
The Keefer Bar
Ranked no.2 among the 50 Best Bars in Canada 2020, this Chinatown bar offers over 12 different cocktails kits such as the local favourites such as Pineapple Daiquiris or Tokyo Drift.
Gastown’s popular bar provides over a dozen kits to make classic cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, designed by Mixologist Brian Newham up with Jim Bean National Ambassador Ray Daniel
Grape & Soda
Farmer’s Apprentice’s small sister restaurant has an award-winning bar led by 2018 “Bartender of the Year” by Vanmag Restaurant Awards, Satoshi Yonemori, who’s now also a co-owner of both restaurants. The main featured cocktail kits feature a gin-forward Forager’s Gimlet & and a bourbon-based Giancarlo.
The Bar Cart is a division of Lavish Liquid Event Bar Service, Vancouver’s largest and longest-running event bar company. And it delivers cocktail kits 3 times a week to most addresses in the Lower Mainland, or have the kits available for pick-up at their head office on West 7th Ave.
Odd Society Spirits
The small-batch craft distillery is in the heart of East Vancouver that is dedicated to combining old world distilling traditions with new world ingredients. They have an extensive list of cocktail kits designed based on their own distilled products.
The Asian-inspired bistro offers a People’s Cocktail Kit that includes Tanqueray Gin, freshly juiced cucumber juice, a blend of elderflower syrup, lemon and ginger, and fresh cucumber garnish. Serving 6-8, it costs only $40.
The $50 Sangria Kit from Fable Diner includes a bottle of Stone Road red or white wine, a mini bottle of Grand Marnier liqueur, a bottle of Fable fresh fruit juice (orange, cranberry, and blueberry mix), and fresh citrus fruit (oranges, lemons, limes) to top it off.