Summer vacation is over, the kids are about to go back to school (if they haven’t already) and your workload for the fall in piling up. Yup, it sounds like you could probably use a drink!

Here are 5 unique gin-based cocktails to try around Calgary that pack a punch, but are just the thing to sip when you want to forget that the dog days of summer are long gone.

Anju’s Ray Romano

A slightly odd name choice for a cocktail at a contemporary Korean restaurant. Regardless, this drink that pays homage to the primetime comedy star of the 2000s is a refreshing combination of Thai basil, cucumber, gin and lime sweetened slightly with simple syrup. Much like the dishes at this restaurant, this drink’s flavour combination does not disappoint.

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Calcutta Cricket Club’s Saffron Martini

Our saffron gin martini. Perfectly balanced.

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Not that a classic martini needs reinvention, but this variation on the theme sees a saffron-infused gin (Boudier Saffron Gin) served up with a little vermouth and a lemon twist makes for a beautiful remake. It may be a little too out-of-the-box in Mr. James Bond’s case, but who cares? We’re in Calgary.

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Cannibale’s Hawerchuck

This go-to cocktail bar in Bridgeland boasts a fantastic patio, something which is still unbeknownst to many Calgarians and also something which you should take advantage of before the warm weather disappears. It’s rare I let me gin share my cocktail glass with vodka, but in the Hawerchuck’s case, the balance of the two along with slightly bitter grapefruit and pleasantly aromatic chamomile tea works just fine!

cannibale.ca

Ox Bar De Tapas’ Adventures of Gin-Gin

Ox Tapas 17th Avenue Calgary

Pro tip: Since Ox’s standard gin and tonic menu on average is a little pricey — especially considering that you need to pay extra for a tonic that isn’t Schwepps–order this drink off of their craft cocktail menu instead for only $12. It’s made with a house ginger and tamarind tonic, Bulldog gin, lemon, garnished with mint and is much more interesting than the standard G&T mix ‘n’ match.

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Raw Bar by Hotel Arts’ Chartreuse Matcha Sour

While it’s still warm out, snag a sit poolside and enjoy this clever spin on a sour with a touch of matcha green tea, green chartreuse, Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice and egg white. Hopefully the cool green colour of the drink will help inspire the trees in Calgary to hold their summer colour a little longer!

rawbaryyc.ca

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