Winning Cocktail Recipe

Make your own Vulcan: “God of Fire” from Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar.

August 27, 2015

By Jenni Elliott / Photo: Oliver Harden Photography

Last night’s Gin-A-Palooza in Gastown was tense. The annual 14-day gin festival culminated in a cocktail competition in which 10 mixologists courted hundreds of guests in order to gain high scores on the peoples’ choice ballots—yes, scores increased at the same rate as gin consumption—before serving up their featured cocktail for the panel of experts. After hours of tasting, that panel—consisting of Jonathan Chovancek of Café Medina and Bittered Sling; Dante Concepcion of Gin-A-Palooza; and Grant Stevely of The Dubh Glas Distillery & Noteworthy Gin—declared Justin Taylor of Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar to be the overall winner.

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Vulcan “God of Fire” 

Justin has kindly modified this recipe for the cocktail enthusiast to enjoy at home (read: you don’t have to light several fires). In his original award-winning competition cocktail, Taylor adds the smokey element by adding smoke from alder wood infused with Bittered Sling’s Moondog Bitters to the cocktail and finishes it with a beetroot powder-infused Moondog Bitters ice sphere.



1.5 oz Noteworthy Gin

0.5 apricot liqueur

0.5 oz vanilla bean-infused orange juice concentrate (fresh squeezed and reduced)

0.5 oz lavender and earl grey-infused passionfruit juice

3 dashes Bittered Sling Moondog Bitters

1.0 oz Fentimans Tonic



In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except tonic. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into an Old Fashioned glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar and allspice. Top with a splash of Fentimans Tonic.


Photos from last night’s Gin-A-Palooza:

Slideshow credit: Jenni Elliott

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