Written By Guest Writer Cocktails / Libations Dec 30, 2011 New Years Eve: Bartender Tips for Your Countdown Drinks SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Michael Carruthers, bartender at Darcy’s Pub. Photo by Ellie Shortt Ringing in the New Year with a celebratory drink is a long standing tradition worldwide. Perhaps one of the biggest celebrations of the year, many people choose something special to sip on as they count down to midnight. Whether your style is fun, fancy, tasty or intense, these local bartenders have your New Year’s drink recommendations covered. Michael Carruthers, Darcy’s Pub: Michael Carruthers has been gracing the Victoria bar scene with his talents for over 18 years. With such experience one might think this veteran bartender would have some special tricks up his sleeves, but Carruthers likes to keep things simple. His recommendation? Start the night off was a warming Jagermeister shot that will no doubt set the tone for a fun New Year’s celebration. 1127 Wharf St Victoria, BC (250) 380-1322 Website Josh Boudreau, Veneto Tapa Lounge: Josh Boudreau’s name has been a fixture in the Victoria drink scene even before winning the first place title at this year’s Art of The Cocktail bartender competition. For a fun New Year’s drink, this champion mixologist recommends anything with bubbles. While a simple glass of champagne is a great start, Boudreau suggests spicing things up with a Kentucky Waterfall, which consists of bourbon, Campari, Giffard Creme de Peche de Vigne “Tradition” and topped with Prosecco for a delicious and extravagant looking drink, served in modern glassware to signify the start of a new year. 1450 Douglas St Victoria, BC (250) 383-7310 Website Ryan Malcolm, Sauce: Ryan Malcolm also had success at this year’s Art of The Cocktail bartender competition, claiming third place. This fellow winner suggests a Classic Champagne Cocktail with bitters-soaked sugar cubes, sparkling wine, and a twist of lemon. Simple, delicious and classy, Malcolm asserts that there’s a reason this drink has been a New Year’s staple for over 200 years. 1245 Wharf St Victoria, BC (250) 382-8662 Website Paul Visser, Bengal Lounge: Another tried and true sparkling drink is the French 75 – a staff favourite at the Bengal Lounge. A perfect compliment to the ultra plush Empress environment, bartender Paul Visser feels you can’t go wrong with this delightful drink, a perfect fit with almost everything on their spiced menu. A wonderful mix of house made Tanqueray Gin, Moet et Chandon champagne and freshly squeezed lemon, Visser makes his French 75 with house made simple syrup which he says offers a smoother mix than the sugar cube alternative. 721 Government St Victoria, BC (250) 389-2727 Website Kate Gilgunn, Vista 18: Overlooking downtown Victoria, Vista 18 is a truly special spot to bring in the New Year. For a romantic drink to accompany this romantic setting, Kate Gilgunn recommends a glass of Italian Mondo Vino Prosecco, which they offer on tap. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more spunk, Gilgunn suggests any of their original cocktails, all named after movie quotes such as the “I’ll Be Back” (Terminator), consisting of raspberry vodka, Chambord, Limoncello and lemon juice. 740 Burdett Ave Victoria, BC (250) 382-9258 Website CocktailsLibationsNew Year's EveVictoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Cocktails May 23, 2014 Cocktails for Spring and Summer After months of enduring a wet and windy winter, Victorians are rejoicing in the return of the sun and the ever-extending hours of daylight. Spring ... Read More Cocktails December 27, 2013 The Bacon Caesar Finds a Home in BC Canada’s “national” cocktail, the Bloody Caesar was invented in 1969 by bartender Walter Chell to commemorate the opening of Marco’s Italian ... Read More Cocktails / First Look / Victoria November 19, 2013 Little Jumbo Down the Hall, 506 Fort St. Victoria | (778) 433-5535 | www.littlejumbo.ca There’s a new elephant in town, and its presence can’t be ignored. ... Read More Cocktails / Victoria October 30, 2013 Art of the Cocktail 2013 Words: Colin Hynes Photos: Mitch Thacker The Art of the Cocktail is similar to a cocktail party, only much bigger. Instead of having one host serving ... Read More Cocktails / Spirits / Victoria October 18, 2013 Countdown to the Art of the Cocktail. Who’s Thirsty? How does sipping aperitif wines while eating imported chocolates sound? What about rediscovering the glory of forgotten concoctions with the creator ... Read More Cocktails February 26, 2013 Showdown at 5,700 feet: A Cocktail Challenge. OKANAGAN Wine Country, Vintner’s Valley, Napa of the North…all phrases used to describe the Okanagan Valley. Not a surprise when ... Read More Comments are closed.