Shaken, not stirred? Sweet and creamy? On the rocks?
Whatever cocktail you usually go for, these six delicious and distinctive summer drinks will keep you coming back for more at Victoria's cocktail lounges.

Spurs ‘n' Saddles

Ingredients:
Bulleit Bourbon, Cointreau, Sarsaparilla/Sassafrass (House Root Beer Syrup), Lime Juice, Angostura Bitters, Hickory smoked Bourbon (aromatic garnish flamed over drink)

Where to enjoy it:
Little Jumbo

Why you have to try it:
Little Jumbo's location used to be a livery for horses and has ties to the old west. Perhaps it's this unique history that inspires people to order whisky, the best-selling spirit at the establishment. Little Jumbo's cocktail master created a cocktail that was simple, but encompasses the frontier spirit of cocktails and the old west. We say "Giddy up partner!"
 

Empress 1908

Ingredients:
Empress Blend 1908 Tea infused vodka, fresh lemon juice, lightly sweetened and frothy egg whites

Where to enjoy it:
The Veranda and the Bengal Lounge in the Fairmont Empress Hotel

Why you have to try it:
A “must have” when visiting Victoria, the Empress’s special tea infused vodka will have you lifting you pinkie and speaking with a British accent.
 

Serenity Cocktail

Ingredients:
fresh mint leaves, Cognac, Silk Road Tea Philosopher’s Brew herbal tea, Elderflower syrup, sparkling wine

Where to enjoy it:
Veneto Tapa Lounge

Why you have to try it:
A Veneto signature cocktail, Serenity promises just that: a little Victoria Zen in a glass. This may be your new mantra. Om.
 

The Golden Chalice

Ingredients:
Summerhill “Chalice” Madeira style wine, Tugwell Creek Original Sin Cyser Mead, Seacider Rum Runner Cider, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice

Where to enjoy it:
AURA at the Inn at Laurel Point 

Why you have to try it:
Every ingredient in AURA’s Golden Chalice comes from B.C. and Vancouver Island. Locals say it’s like summer in a glass. Pull up to one of their waterside tables and discover summer for yourself!
 

Gin & Elderflower Martini

Ingredients:
Rose petal and cucumber infused Hendricks Gin and St. Germain Elderflower liqueur are mixed and shaken with fresh lime, sugar and a splash of apple juice

Where to enjoy it:
Haro’s Restaurant + Bar in The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

Why you have to try it:
Created by Haro’s Head Bartender Kyle Hall, this perfectly balanced martini is the picture-perfect complement to the sweeping views and fresh sea air of Sidney by the Sea.
 

The Vagabond

Ingredients:
Beefeater gin, Lillet Blanc, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Fentimen's ginger beer, and a liberal dose of fresh-pressed lemon juice over ice

Where to enjoy it:
LURE Restaurant + Bar in the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa 

Why you have to try it:
This bright, refreshing, and also complex cocktail is perfect for any traveller to enjoy in the sun, and Victoria is expecting a lot of that this summer. Pack your bags!
 
Love a great summer drink? Check out all Cocktail Bars and Wine Lounges in Victoria.