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The world-famous DB Burger - ground prime sirloin stuffed with wine-braised short rib, foie gras and black truffle - deserves more than a cheap lager. So when New York celebrity chef Daniel Boulud opened DB Bistro Moderne Vancouver last month, special attention was lavished on the drinks.

With its brushed zinc bar, woven steel backsplash and red eel skin panelling, the corner lounge lends a flash of ooh-la-la sexiness to the restaurant's pleasantly understated dining room. A perfectionist, bar manager Cameron Bogue insisted on equipping DB Bistro with a premium Kold-Draft ice machine that makes big, solid 1½-square-inch cubes. "The smaller ice cubes break into brittle chips that dilute drinks faster," he explains.

He aims to set his cocktail list apart by using nothing but the highest-quality homemade ingredients - everything from grenadine to ginger beer.

For the Winter Equinox, Bogue makes his own cranberry juice and a big bottle of falernum, a spicy Barbadian syrup made of orgeat (almond syrup) and other spices from scratch, which he keeps on hand as a mixer for Caribbean cocktails.


What you need

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2 ounces Wyborowa vodka

½ ounce falernum (recipe follows)

1 ounce cranberry juice

½ ounce lime juice

3 mint leaves

What you do

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Shake vodka, falernum, cranberry juice and lime together with ice and serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with mint.


what you need

1 litre amber rum

2 ounces cloves

1-inch piece of ginger

Zest of 3 limes

1 litre orgeat (or Torani- or Starbucks brand almond syrup)

2 litres simple syrup

what you do

Let rum infuse with cloves, ginger and lime zest for 24 hours. Strain and mix with orgeat and simple syrup. Store in refrigerator.

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Vancouver restaurant critic

Alexandra Gill has been The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic since 2005. She joined the paper as a summer intern in 1997 and was hired full-time as an entertainment columnist the following year. In 2001, she moved to Vancouver as the Western Arts Correspondent, a position she held until 2007. More


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