Night on the Pier celebrates cocktail culture

Mixologists compete in special event at Harmony Arts Festival

The fourth annual Night on the Pier returned to the Harmony Arts Festival on Thursday, Aug. 8 showcasing some of Vancouver’s top bartenders competing to see who could make the most creative cocktail.

Competitors included Robyn Gray from the Rosewood Hotel Georgia (who created “Ambleside Punch,” featuring Venezuelan Santa Teresa 1796 rum as the main ingredient), Belvedere brand ambassador Sabrine Dhaliwal (“Summer Sunsets,” featuring Belvedere vodka), Gareth Jones from Juniper Kitchen and Bar (“Surely Seaside,” featuring Seaside gin from Sheringham Distillery Coastal Craft Spirits on Vancouver Island), Matthew Benevoli from Nomad (“Patagonia Spritz,” featuring Patagonian Träkál), Souhail Rostainajad from Pourhouse (“Amble Breeze,” featuring Bulldog London dry gin), Katie Ingram from Elisa Wood-Fired Grill (“Wannabe,” featuring Tanqueray No. Ten gin and Bittered Sling Clinstone Peach) and Skye Haneul Kim from Ampersand Bistro & Bar ("Sassy Secret,” featuring Cascadian dry gin).

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Mixologist Souhail Rostainajad, from Pourhouse, created his “Amble Breeze” with Bulldog London dry gin, mint syrup, lime juice and Absinthe spray (@bartendersouhail). - Cindy Goodman, North Shore News

The seven mixologists set up at stations along Ambleside Pier and served their unique concoctions accompanied by bites from Boa Down, Las Margaritas Restaurant and La Familia Foods, Cacao Latin Progressive and Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats.

Voted number one was the "Ambleside Punch" made by Robyn Gray from the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

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