Congratulations are in order for BC’s own Sheringham Distillery. The Sooke-based company’s celebrated Seaside Gin was recently named Best Contemporary Gin in the World at the prestigious World Gin Awards in London.
From the press release:
“Following multiple rounds of judging, the final results of the awards were announced February 21 at an event in London, U.K. A panel of a dozen judges ranked Seaside Gin number one in its category above more than 20 international competitors.”
That a big deal, but as fans of the distillery since its debut in 2015, we can’t say we’re surprised. This is superb stuff that’s deliciously emblematic of where we live — so much so that we thought we’d create a cocktail map of where we know it’s being shaken and stirred around town right now. If you know of a cocktail that includes it, let us know and we’ll add it to the map. In the meantime, go out and raise a glass to the founders of the small batch, artisan distillery, Jason and Alayne MacIsaac…
At Robson’s legendary CinCin, where it’s in their sublime Sea Note cocktail alongside maraschino, Cynar, rosemary and flamed orange.
At Chinatown’s especially gin-friendly Juniper, where it appears in the West Coast Sour that begins with a Chartreuse rinse and ends aromatically with housemade spruce tip syrup and dill.
At the excellent Boulevard, where it’s served in a drink appropriately dubbed “Seaside” together with akvavit, lemon juice, honey and wild-foraged elderflower shrub.
Over on Main Street, Campagnolo Upstairs uses Seaside in a cocktail called Satan’s Odd Whiskers (a play on the classic Satan’s Whiskers). It’s a botanicals-driven, aperitif-style drink that also sees Odd Society Bittersweet Vermouth, Cointreau and orange juice.
At Market by Jean Georges, try it in the Orchard Harvest, which see the gin mixed with spiced pear, sage, tarragon, and fresh lime.
On the West 4th Ave. strip, slip into the bar at this Thai titan and sip on a Bamboo Hustle, which balances the botanicals with Lillet Blanc, lemon and rhubarb bitters.
In Victoria, you can find it at the award-winning Courtney Room, where it stars in the bar’s frothy Sheringham Sour, sharing the shaker with Mia Amato Amaro, lavender bitters, rosewater, lemon and egg whites.
In Whistler, you can try it at Bar Oso in an honorific G&T mixed with Fever Tree tonic.