The Vancouver Cocktail signalled the birth of a scene – one now flourishing!  In 1952, alcohol sales were finally permitted in Vancouver restaurants.  In 1954, The Sylvia Hotel opened: Vancouver’s first legally licensed cocktail bar.  It became the site of much decadence and one that served up the Vancouver Cocktail.  Ever popular, it came to embody mid-century cocktail culture. In 1959, Errol Flynn enjoyed the Vancouver Cocktail at the Sylvia… the last before his death.  Try this Canadian classic, here with Victoria Gin.


  • 1 1/2 oz Victoria Gin
  • 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Twisted & Bitter Orange Bitters
  • Twist Lemon


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain. Rim glass with citrus and serve with a wide twist.