Community is at the very heart of Pride Week; to celebrate, the Mackenzie Room has rallied several Vancouver restaurants to join it in creating a special cocktail. Not only are these libations lip-smacking, but a portion of proceeds from each one sold will be donated to QMUNITY, B.C.’s queer, trans, and two-spirit resource centre. Check out the “Pride Ally #stillfighting50” cocktails at Royal Dinette, Como Taperia, Bar Tocador, Gringo’s, Nomad, Havana, and Donnelly Group restaurants.
Here’s the version that the Mackenzie Room’s Caledonia Wright has come up with to raise awareness and support of QMUNITY and Vancouver Pride.
The Mackenzie Room’s Love is Love Pride Cocktail
1 oz Stealth craft vodka
¾ oz Legend Distilling Manitou orange and sumac liqueur
¼ oz charred lemon balsamic (available at Vancouver Olive Oil Company)
2 dashes of Zingiber crabapple bitters from Bittered Sling Bitters
Bella Wines sparkling rosé
Combine vodka, Manitou liqueur, balsamic, and bitters in a container and stir with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with sparkling rosé.
Optional: drop in a glitter bomb made of equal parts freeze-dried black-currant powder and white sugar. Use a food processor or clean spice grinder to make into a fine powder. Add edible glitter and press into a heart-shaped silicone mould. Leave in a dry place to dehydrate overnight.