SMOKE AND OAK, ZEN AND PRE­SERVED

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TASTE OF WHISTLER - Cure Lounge and Pa­tio at Nita Lake Lodge 604-966-5700 | ni­ta­lakelodge.com

The rooftop gar­den at Creek­side’s Nita Lake Lodge is al­ways the prime in­spi­ra­tion for sum­mer cock­tails. But this year, Head Bar­tender Rhi­an­non Csor­das is throw­ing a few rid­dles into the mix. Lit­er­ally. Clue: I can crawl, I can fly, and I have hands but no legs or wings... What am I? An­swer: Smoke and Oak — the name of her sin­gle-malt sip­per mixed with sage-in­fused honey and gar­nished with a thyme sprig. Other herba­ceous elixirs in­clude: the easy-go­ing Zen, which in­cor­po­rates cu­cum­ber-in­fused gin with Lil­let, chamomile syrup, mint and laven­der; and the Ital­ian-in­spired Pre­served, with oak-bar­reled gin, basil-in­fused white ver­mouth, strawberry jam and cracked pep­per. “It’s so cool to be able to tell peo­ple about our gar­den and bring them up there when it’s in bloom,” Csor­das says. “You don’t see it when you’re sit­ting here look­ing out over the lake, but it makes me so proud be­cause all the prod­ucts I’m us­ing are home­grown.”

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