One might expect surprises from a tavern that doubles as a barber shop. Killjoy’s owners, the Donnelly Group, added the quaint hair joint at the front of the establishment earlier this year and changed the name to Killjoy Barbers. Now you can stop in for a $15 buzz cut and chillax afterward in the back bar or downstairs nightclub with a restorative Strangelove, one of numerous fine cocktails on the gin-heavy list. Donnelly’s executive bartender and brand ambassador, Jay Jones, named the drink not after the Kubrick film, but the 1987 Depeche Mode song (yes, he’s a fan). He calls it “feminine” because of the subtle aromatics. But, surprise, it’s got he-man potency about it, too. If you’re fond of the Negroni, the bittersweet Italian classic of gin, Campari and red vermouth, you’ll probably like the cut of this summery Strangelove, regardless of your gender.
Strangelove by Jay Jones, Killjoy, Vancouver
1 1/2 ounces New Amsterdam or Plymouth gin
3/4 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce Giffard grapefruit syrup
2 dashes The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters or Peychaud’s Bitters
Grapefruit peel, pith removed
Combine first four ingredients in a large glass. Fill glass with ice cubes and stir for 20 to 30 seconds or until mixture is incorporated and chilled. Strain drink into a cocktail or coupe glass. Express oils from peel by squeezing it over surface of the drink. Run peel around glass rim before using it to garnish drink.