Back in October, 2015, we were invited to create a signature cocktail for the Glenbow Launch Party featuring Kaleidoscopic Animalia: An exhibition designed and curated by Paul Hardy.
We sought out to create a drink that was both well balanced and delicious, as well as one that told a story. As we explored the different panels and themes from the exhibition, the topic of Canadiana stuck out for us the most. Our drink was well received at the launch party, we’re told it sold more cocktails than any previous launch event!
We bring you…. The Beaver’s Tale
The Beaver’s Tale is one that goes back to the 1600s when trappers traded with the Aboriginals for beaver pelts to feed a European fashion trend of beaver fur hats. This cocktail explores the journey of the beaver in this time period from the nest of twigs it sits on representing the beaver’s home up to the top hat garnish, portraying the final use of the beaver pelt. The drink incorporates birch syrup, (birch bark is a beaver’s main food source in the fall and winter) along with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Cointreau, Cherry Brandy and Charred Cedar Bitters from Black Cloud Bitters here in Calgary. The large spherical ice cube also ties in to the drink with just it’s tip visible, much like when we see a beaver swimming in the water, only it’s very top can be seen. The drink is shaken and then flows out to calmly cover the ice sphere just as a rushing river tumbles down and settles once it hits the wall of a beaver dam.