LOUNGE LIZARD: Making your own cocktails

Monday's incognito Lounge Lizard steps away from the bar this month and finds the best online resources to make your own cocktails

It’s the heart of summer and thoughts turn to backyard barbecues, dining al fresco and hangin’ on the beach. Who wants to be stuck in a dark, windowless space at this time of year? So leaving the cocktail bar behind this season, it’s on to making our own libations for the summer and finding the best online resources to help you whip up a winner.

Diffordsguide.com is full of articles on bars (check out the Artesian in London), summer cocktail recipes, and a section where you input the liquid ingredients you have and the style of drink you want, and the site will suggest a recipe. It’s similar to the Spin the Wheel idea that hot spot Veneto offers.

This reminds me of the terrific Mixilator – Random Cocktail Generator website (cocktaildb.com/mixilator). Ted Haigh, better known as Dr. Cocktail, created a selector based not on a specific ingredient, but rather the style of drink, time of day that you are drinking and cocktail strength. Haigh’s suggestions are based on intensive research (I’d love to have been around for that) into the theories of mid-century modern bartender David Embury.

My final go-to site is the New York Times (nytimes.com) because it has lots of great articles on cocktails, including one from 2013 on Summer Drinks.

Around town

If you can’t bear to make your own cocktail then check out these great patios: The Snug at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel; Ten Acres; and Brentwood Bay Lodge.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Stars On Ice tour cancelled for the first time in 34 years due to pandemic

The show was supposed to hit the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on May 12

Life mimics art for CCPA students who performed in play about Spanish flu pandemic

Performing arts students see parallels between story from Unity 1918 and current health crisis

UPDATE: Deadline extended for annual writing competition

Email entry format makes Victoria Writer’s Society contest perfect for the times

‘The Office’ star John Krasinski offers Some Good News in trying times

‘The human spirit still found a way to break through and blow us all away’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxaphonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Netflix reducing video quality in Canada to lower Internet bandwidth use

Bell Media is also planning traffic measures affecting the Crave streaming service

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options for 2020

Summer events running out of time to stay on schedule, in wake of COVID-19 uncertainties

Relief fund for Canadian performing artists gets $100,000 boost from foundation

Facebook started the fund with a first $100,000 donation last week

Most Read