Where to Sip the Inspired, ‘Nacho Medicine’ Cocktail on a Cold Vancouver Day

The smoky, spicy “Nacho Medicine” cocktail at Ancora on the False Creek seawall

You Need To Try This is an archive of deliciousness that stretches back a decade. The column details all the awesome drinks and dishes that we consume (and somehow find the patience deep within us to first photograph) over the course of our professional and private lives.

Ancora’s most recent cocktail menu has taken a playful approach with a few Fall and Winter-inspired cocktails. Everything on the list is a twist on a classic. From riffs on daiquiris and flips to espresso martinis, the bar team is playing with well-established and/or otherwise notorious recipes by adding their own signature twists to each. Take the Nacho Medicine, for example: the mezcal-based drink is a riff on a modern classic called Penicillin, which was created by Sam Ross (now of New York’s Attaboy) in 2005.

The original recipe calls for blended scotch, honey-ginger syrup, lemon juice and single malt scotch. Ancora’s version includes Viejo Indecente mezcal, ginger shrub, Amontillado sherry, bitters and a smoked salt rim. It’s similar enough to the Penicillin that you can easily see the origins but different enough that you can appreciate it on its own merits and from a new angle. As you can well imagine, sipping on this smoky, gently spicy cocktail ($15) while taking in the Peruvian-inspired restaurant’s waterfront views is a lovely way to close a chilly afternoon!


  • Ancora-8June2016-237
  • fe927f_f49599c1dd5c4f8a89b525260854f4a3.jpg_srb_p_993_662_75_22_0.50_1.20_0
  • Provoke_Ancora_Headshots_Print-0901
  • fe927f_2c9d03c5e04141ab8e3b0de4e7813163
  • Haida Gwaii Pan Seared Halibut 2
  • ancora1
  • Ancora-Feb2016-CreditAllisonKuhl-45
  • Ancora-Feb2016-CreditAllisonKuhl-16
  • fe927f_7516b1f2bc51403792a765a7d4d2d395
  • Ancora-8June2016-369
  • fe927f_4c4b69aeb65b40288b68a6d4c9e3c6a7
  • Ancora-8June2016-325
  • Ancora-8June2016-295
  • Ancora-8June2016-257

There are 0 comments

You Need to Try This Classic Song-Inspired Cocktail in Chinatown

Created by Kissa Tanto's Derek Boone, the Dark End Of The Street is a mix of Japanese whisky, plum wine, Cynar, bitters and lemon oil.

You Need To Try This

Vancouver’s Best Ramen, Ranked and Mapped

12 Places

Ramen is something we do better than any city on this side of the Pacific. Use this map/guide to seek out the best of it.

You Need to Try the ‘Amadeus Cho’ Cocktail in Chinatown

Bao Bei Bar Manager Jason Browne plays on a classic Treacle to create a delicious drink that’s simultaneously bright and complex.

Anh and Chi’s Warming Winter Punch Is Literally on Fire, and You Need to Try It

Aged rum, pineapple, passion fruit, cinnamon, five spice dram, citrus and tea are combined in a teapot and topped with flaming fruit.