How to Elevate your Cocktail Craft

The experts at Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar explain the ins and outs of crafting a cocktail, including what glass to use, and share a delicious cocktail recipe to make for your Valentine.

Cocktail Craft

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

The cocktail list at Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar 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 served in a short and fat glass. 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 come with little or no mix. Alternatively, a taller highball or Collins glass allows for more mix and ice. 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 and the wide mouth 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.

Made with Love

Delight your Valentine with a hand-crafted cocktail. Enjoy “Love is Love” crafted by Hy’s mixologists all Valentine’s weekend, or try this recipe at home. Featuring a perfectly balanced blend of gin, sparkling wine, Aperol and Cointreau, and garnished with edible dried rose petals or fresh raspberries, you are sure to impress with this refreshing and bright libation.

RECIPE – Love is Love

1 oz Botanist Gin
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
3 drops cherry bitters
4 oz Domaine sparkling wine
4 raspberries

Muddle raspberries in a shaker. Add gin, Aperol, Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup, cherry bitters and ice. Shake to the count of ten, then double strain into a chilled coupe and top with sparkling wine.



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Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
At the CORE, corner of 8 Ave. and 3 St. S.W.

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