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SMOKED ROSEMARY SOUR
Prohibition-era bootlegging is a legendary chapter in Canadian history. But the best-known stories revolve around whisky, Eastern Canada and the Bronfman brothers of Seagram Distillers, who made their fortune smuggling billions of dollars of booze across the American border. So when Jason Redmond, bar manager at Bar Oso, read about the Smuggler’s Moon on the back label of the rosemary-flavoured Black Moon Gin, a B.C. craft spirit from Legend Distilling, he was captivated by the tale:
“Legend has it … backwoods distillers of B.C. would covertly work under the moon, and through the night, to concoct their handmade gin using mountain juniper and other nearby herbs and botanicals. One dark evening, a branch of wild rosemary smouldering from the fires of the still found its way into the gin … its distinct character became sought after at speakeasies throughout the central interior and western Pacific coastline.”
Is it true? “I don’t know,” Redmond laughs. “When people go drinking, they don’t necessarily want to know the truth, but they do enjoy a good story.”
The aromatic spirit was a perfect fit for Redmond’s gin-forward bar. This creamy yet refreshing sour is shaken with fresh lemon juice, house-made lavender syrup and egg white. Garnished with a hand-torched sprig of rosemary, it’s smokin’ hot.