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A bounty of zesty ingredients turn a standard summertime refreshment into a celebration of fun, fruity flavours

 

 

Nick Devine, head mixologist for The Cascade Room, Habit Lounge, El Camino’s and The Union, has created five twists on old-fashioned lemonade.

The recipes were inspired by the bars themselves and feature a variety of unique ingredients from Earl Grey tea to jalapeno water. Try them all and chime in below with your favourite. Ours? The Limonada Caliente.

Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.

Fresh Pineapple & Basil Lemonade
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Fresh Pineapple & Basil Lemonade

A perfect savoury and sweet drink combination evocative of The Union’s Chinatown/Strathcona location.

In a cocktail shaker add:

  • 1 oz fresh-pressed lemon juice
  • 2 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (½ water, ½ sugar, bring to boil, cool)
  • 5 or 6 fresh basil leaves
  • Shake with ice, fine strain into a tall, ice-filled glass
  • Top with club soda (2 to 3 oz)
  • Garnish with a pineapple spear

To make alcoholic, a good white rum or vodka would work well.

Limonada Caliente
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Limonada Caliente

This same combination of hot peppers and lime can be found in El Camino’s habanero margarita.

Fill an empty wine bottle with still water, de-seed and slice a whole jalapeno, drop it in the bottle, seal and leave in fridge for at least 24 hours.

In a cocktail shaker add:

  • 1 oz fresh-pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (½ water, ½ sugar, bring to boil, cool)
  • 4 oz of your jalapeno water
  • Add ice and shake vigorously, fine strain into a tall, ice-filled glass

To make alcoholic, add an ounce or two of 100% agave tequila.

New Orleans Lemonade
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New Orleans Lemonade

A non-alcoholic version of an old Louisiana gin cocktail, this drink was inspired by the traditional drinks and fare served in The Cascade Room’s British pub environment.

In a cocktail shaker add:

  • 1 oz fresh-pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (½ water, ½ sugar, bring to boil, cool)
  • A white of an egg
  • 0.5 oz cream
  • 3 or 4 drops of orange flower water
  • Add ice and shake the bejesus out of it for a good 5 minutes (all about the texture), strain over a tall, ice-filled glass

Rosemary & Honey Lemonade
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Rosemary & Honey Lemonade

An English country spin on lemonade fits with the comfort food vibe of Habit Lounge.

In a cocktail shaker add:

  • A large sprig of fresh rosemary; de-stem and bash it to release oils
  • 1 oz fresh-pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz honey 4 oz still water
  • Add ice and shake vigorously, fine strain into a tall, ice-filled glass, garnish with a rosemary sprig

To make alcoholic, add an ounce or two of gin, as it would pair well with the rosemary.

The Nick Faldo
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The Nick Faldo

In homage to The Cascade Room, this cheeky take on the lemonade/iced tea combination perfected by golfer Arnold Palmer is renamed for English golfer Nick Faldo.

In a cocktail shaker add:

  • Muddle a peeled nugget of fresh ginger (size of 4 toonies)
  • 1 oz fresh-pressed lemon juice
  • 1 oz vanilla bean syrup (boil ½ pint water ½ pint sugar and a vanilla pod, and cool)
  • 5 oz strong brewed Earl Grey tea (cooled)
  • Stir over plenty of ice, fine strain into a tall, ice-filled glass

To make alcoholic, add an ounce or two of gin, as it would pair very well with the tea.

Not-So-Secret Ingredients

Orange flower water from Yek O Yek
Jalapeno simple syrup – pre-made ahead of time
Earl Grey tea from Murchie’s