For Immediate Release, June 26, 2017
(Vancouver, BC) – It has become a tradition for Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL) Bar Manager Paul Belsito to design specialty cocktails to complement the theme of each new VTSL feature show and Oh Canada – The True North Strong and Funny provides an ideal opportunity to showcase Canadian cocktails and liquors.
When it comes to alcoholic beverages, most of the world associates Canada with beer (‘two-four eh’) and Canadian rye whiskey. However, Canada has also made a significant contribution to the art of the cocktail. Did you know that the Caesar (or Bloody Caesar as some know it) is a cocktail unique to Canada? It was invented by Calgary restaurateur Walter Chell in 1969 to celebrate the opening of his new Italian restaurant. The Caesar’s popularity quickly grew to the point where today more than 350 million of them are annually consumed in Canada.
When we have a drink this popular and this iconic, why mess with tradition? In honour of Canada 150, the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge will be serving up Traditional Caesars crafted from vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and garnished with a pepperoni stick and lime wedge.
In addition to Caesars, Paul has designed two new Canadian-inspired cocktails:
- The Double-Double – a summer refresher referencing another popular iconic Canadian beverage. However, unlike its namesake, this one packs a punch featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua with a splash of Van Gogh Espresso Vodka served over ice
- The All Canadian – crafted from Maple Crown Royal Whiskey, Canada Dry Ginger Ale with a dash of bitters – pure maple love in a glass
These specialty cocktails are a bargain at only $8.75. For those who still prefer a ‘cold one’, VTSL’s Bar & Lounge also serves a full range of premium and on-tap brewskis ($6.75) along with Canadian wines ($6.75-$8.75), highballs ($6.75-$8.75) and non-alcoholic beverages.
About VTSL’s Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge
Tucked away at the back of VTSL’s The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street), the fully-licenced Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance. The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is open for theatre patrons Tuesday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. More information on Vancouver TheatreSports™, The Improv Centre and the Neil Macrae Bar and Lounge visit www.vtsl.com
Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the support of its season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight and The Granville Island Hotel.
Morgan Sommerville, Serena PR
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