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

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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!


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