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Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TASTE I DINING GUIDE -


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.

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