Cock­tail Cou­ture

There’s a drink for ev­ery­one in Ot­tawa’s ever-grow­ing cock­tail scene

Ottawa Magazine - - TOO HOT TO COOK - By Katie Shapiro

Night­cap

The Spa Wa­ter ($14) — an el­e­gant cock­tail of sake, el­der­flower liqueur, and cu­cum­ber wa­ter — feels like cool bliss. But if you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle stronger, turn to the bar’s Night­cap ($18). With a frozen sphere of sweet ver­mouth and gin in a glass of Cam­pari and rye, the Night­cap dances be­tween a tra­di­tional Ne­groni and a boule­vardier. Booze-for­ward and de­li­ciously as­sertive, it’s one to savour slowly. Suther­land, 224 Beech­wood Ave.

Bour­bon Lemon­ade

With dif­fer­ent drink lists in the restau­rant and the speakeasy, there’s al­ways an abun­dance of re­fresh­ments to choose from at Union 613. But don’t over­look their stan­dards. The Bour­bon Lemon­ade, a spiked South­ern sta­ple, is made with in-house rasp­berry syrup and fresh lemon­ade. It’s a bright pink palate pleaser that will go down nicely on their new pa­tio. $12. Union 613, 315 Som­er­set St. W.

The Un­com­mon Mo­jito

Made with gin, Lil­let Blanc (a French aper­i­tif), lemon juice, black­berry juice, and mint, this mo­jito might not be one that you rec­og­nize — but the Com­mon Eatery likes to stand out. With moody light­ing and a bump­ing sound­track, the airy space makes for a cool sum­mer hide­away. $11. Com­mon Eatery, 380 El­gin St.

Copa Serves

If it seems strange to drink your gin and tonic in a glass that looks as though it’s meant for a big red wine, that’s only be­cause you haven’t yet en­joyed the plea­sures of a Copa Serve. The wide­mouthed wine­glass, called a copa de balón, high­lights the drink’s aroma. The Bar Lau­rel lineup in­cludes seven gins and five ton­ics, and each pair­ing is fin­ished with com­ple­men­tary or con­trast­ing gar­nishes. Take your Copa out to the pa­tio, and you’ll be trans­ported to a Span­ish plaza in no time. $8$12. Bar Lau­rel, 1087 Welling­ton St. W.

B*tch Belize

Though Ward 14 is filled with vin­tage trin­kets and cu­rios, the cock­tail list is any­thing but stuffy. Drinks at the con­sign­ment bar are light and fruity — the B*tch Belize, for ex­am­ple, is a quaf­fa­ble mix of rum, apri­cot juice, and co­conut wa­ter. You may even want to buy the chal­ice it comes in (and you can!). $9. Ward 14, 139 Pre­ston St.

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