Q-ah-wa (coffee in Arabic)

Okanagan Spirits Vodka peppercorn infused
Okanagan Spirits Aquavit

Maverick Estate Port
fresh espresso
Bittered Sling Arabica bitters
Roasted pumpkin syrup

Garnished with dehydrated pumpkin skin powder

served in a tea cup and saucer

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Inspired by a Viking army who left the raids in France and entered the Muslim realm Emirates of CΓ³rdoba which is now Portugal and Spain. They were sadly defeated and fled back to sea. Aquavit is Scandinavian and Port wine is originally from Portugal and espresso is African from which the Muslim rulers conquered on route to CΓ³rdoba

Trading Company Punch

Okanagan Spirits Gin
Lemon juice
Apple juice
Chai syrup
Bittered Sling Kensington bitters

Coupe glass with Absinthe rinse

Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and apple fan

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At first the British were little interested in India, but much like the Portuguese and Dutch before them, were all interested in spices of Spice Islands (Maluku Islands). Unable to dislodge the Dutch from Spice Islands in 1610, the British chased away a Portuguese naval squadron, and the East India Company created its own outpost at Surat (now in the state of Gujarat), and this became the company’s first headquarters town. This small outpost marked the beginning of a remarkable presence that would last over 300 years and eventually dominate the entire subcontinent.

Originally chartered as the “Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies”, the company rose to account for half of the world’s trade, particularly in basic commodities including cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and opium. The company also ruled the beginnings of the British Empire in India.

Tea-tending masters of China

Tanqueray Ten Gin
lime juice
simple syrup
egg white
Lavender Lady earl grey tea

Garnish orange peel

Coupe Glass Sprayed with Bittered Sling grapefruit & hops bitters

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Tanqueray Ten Gin is a new western style gin with less juniper berries than others to allow more of a spotlight to other botanicals such as the fresh citrus consisting of lime, grapefruit and orange. In my cocktail you find that lime, grapefruit and orange played a big role in its creation.
Tea was introduced from China to Europe in the 17th century, but, as a luxury item, was not transported in significant quantities until the 19th century. When the British crown broke the trade monopoly of the powerful British East India Company back in 1834, it opened up the tea trade to other English merchants and independent entrepreneurs, starting a frenzied race to China to buy up as much tea as possible for as little as possible, and sell it at premium prices.
The Chinese tea masters constantly experimented with ways to make their teas more exotic for trading with the worldwide merchants. Much like bartenders of today, used all kinds of infusions in their teas during processing to create distinctive and highly drinkable beverage