Crafting the Perfect Cocktail

From glassware and ice cube size to floral infusions and spices, discover the secrets to Hy’s delicious spirited refreshments.

Cocktail Craft

Talk around the table of balance, depth and complexity used to be all about wine. But nowadays, you’re likely to hear similar words as your favourite bartender describes the consideration behind her latest creation.

The cocktail list at Hy’s reflects many hours of practice and the expertise of its bar teams. Hy’s cocktails are finely tuned to allow each element to work in harmony, creating something truly unique. Ask about a particular ingredient, and you’ll hear why it was chosen and what it adds to the drink. Interesting bitters and spices, smoke or floral infusions, and small-batch spirits offer endless variety. No longer simply sweet or sour, modern cocktails are delicious on their own, but pair equally well with food.

Do Bar Glasses Matter?

There’s a reason that your French 75 arrives in a tall, slim flute, and your Old Fashioned is short and fat. The choice of vessel definitely enhances the visual appeal of your drink, but practically speaking, it’s all about product quality. Most glass choices are about temperature and aroma control.

Rocks glasses are designed to accommodate the larger ice cubes that usually accompany straight spirits that are served with little or no mix. A taller highball or Collins glass allows more mix and ice to be added. Sparkling cocktails served in small-mouth Champagne flutes will maintain the bubbles that will quickly dissipate if the sparkling wine is too warm. And Hy’s martinis — always stirred with ice and strained into the classic conical, long-stemmed glass —will stay cold while the wide mouth also allows for full appreciation of the wonderfully fragrant drink. Next time you’re choosing a spirited refreshment look for a coupe or Nick & Nora glass and enjoy the effect on the elixir within. 

A Welcoming Oasis

With physical distancing and capacity limitations in mind, Hy’s lounge is the perfect setting for you to relax, sip your favourite libation and enjoy a well-deserved escape.

Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
At the CORE, corner of 8th Avenue and 3rd Street S.W.
403-663-3363 |
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Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday to Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. to  9 p.m.
Monday to Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. to close

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