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Straw­ber­ries, with their sweet and juicy scar­let flesh, are one of the world’s favourite berries. They are grown in ev­ery prov­ince of Canada, where a wild va­ri­ety holds an im­por­tant place in First Na­tions’ cre­ation sto­ries, hav­ing been brought to earth by Sky Wo­man, who used them as medicine. They are also the first fruit to ripen in spring — not just on farms, but also on the rooftop gar­den at Nita Lake Lodge.

To cel­e­brate her in-house, sky-high crop, Cure Lounge Bar Man­ager Rhiannon Csor­das mud­dles them with basil in this supremely quench­ing ver­sion of a sum­mer-time iced tea mixed with Oaken Gin (from Vic­to­ria Spir­its on Van­cou­ver Is­land), fresh-brewed green tea, freshly squeezed le­mon juice, sim­ple syrup and a crack of black pep­per. It’s one of sev­eral earthy elixirs on her ro­tat­ing “From the Gar­den” sum­mer menu.

Although the bar will also fea­ture a se­lec­tion of Cana­dian cock­tails — and a whisky flight — this sea­son, she pre­dicts this chunky, fruity pa­tio sip­per (served in a big gar­den pot of ice) will be the big­gest seller. “It’s dan­ger­ous,” she ex­plains. “You don’t even taste the booze. Then all of a sud­den it hits you with a warm, fuzzy glow.”

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