ORINOCO JULEP

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The Four Seasons’ cozy Side­cut Bar, ad­ja­cent to the ho­tel’s ver­dant court­yard ter­race, re­cently el­e­vated its cock­tail game with a new col­lec­tion of drinks in­spired by moun­tain ranges around the world and cre­ated by Lau­ren Mote, a multi-award-win­ning bar­tender from Van­cou­ver. Per­fect for sum­mer sip­ping at crisp al­ti­tudes, this warmly rounded spin on the Mint Julep (named af­ter the Up­per Orinoco River in the An­des) switches out bour­bon for a shot of John­nie Walker Black that has been in­fused with the sweet notes of tonka bean and all­spice. The main her­bal com­po­nent comes from a re­fresh­ing, sim­ple syrup made with Moun­tain Mint tea from Whistler’s own Na­mas­thé Tea Co., which hand-har­vests its wild spearmint in the nearby Pem­ber­ton Val­ley. But it also con­tains an es­sen­tial dash of Green Char­treuse, a French her­bal liqueur made by Carthu­sian Monks, which blooms earthy on the fin­ish. Head Bar­tender Richie Small adds his own per­fumed touch by smack­ing the sil­ver smash cup with fresh mint and rub­bing the leaves around the rim. “It wakes up the oils,” he ex­plains, “and gets it right onto your hands.”

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