4. Mallard Lounge at Fairmont Chateau Whistler 604-938-2461, fairmont.com/whistler/dining VANCOUVER ISLAND ICED TEA
Long Island Iced Tea is a notoriously lethal drink that traditionally includes many dubious parts: five hard liquors, cheap sour mix to make all that booze palatable and a splash of cola for colour. Rarely, however, does the recipe call for any actual tea — until now. The Vancouver Island Iced Tea, a refined variation of the college-dorm-crawl classic, acquires a genteel floral sweetness from simple syrup steeped with the Fairmont’s signature Vanilla Orchid Tea. Add a few tannic drops of house-made cherry bitters, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a finishing splash of Fentiman’s gingerinfused Curiosity Cola (poured tableside), and those two solid ounces of mixed spirits — including local Victoria Gin from Vancouver Island — still go down dangerously easy. “But with a modern twist,” says bartender Ansel Pereira. And a lot more class.