Bar Star: Trevor Kallies – Taste Magazine

If you’ve ever stepped out for a drink in this city, then you have probably happened upon a Donnelly Group establishment. The management company owns and operates many of Vancouver’s top pubs, nightclubs and social houses such as The Academic, Library Square, Republic and Granville Room. If you’ve ever enjoyed a cocktail at one of their many locations, then likely you’ve had one of Trevor’s creations. Trevor Kallies, Bar and Beverage Director of the Donnelly Group, is not only responsible for the beer and wine programs, employee training and quality control, but also heads the company’s cocktail development program.

When Trevor is not creating contemporary cocktails for the Donnelly Group, this BC-born Bar Star keeps busy in local mixology competitions and bartending events. He recently participated in The Refinery’s “Cocktail Kitchen” series which concluded this February. In March, Trevor will be a cocktail apprentice in “Tales of the Cocktail on Tour,” a premiere annual cocktail festival previously held only in New Orleans. Tales of the Cocktail celebrates cocktail-forward individuals and establishments. Vancouver is the first stop on the competition’s inaugural tour. It’s a key indication that Vancouver is getting the recognition it deserves for its burgeoning cocktail culture.

Trevor is proud of the Donnelly Group’s most recent venture, The New Oxford. Located in Yaletown, as the name would suggest, its theme is a nod to England’s prestigious Oxford University. The walls are adorned with colossal photos of famous Oxford alumni – Oscar Wilde, Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. The walls of the back room “study” area are lined with scholarly books and other university memorabilia, complete with a shuffleboard table.

Comfortably chic, The New Oxford is definitely worth a look. It’s the perfect place to unwind after work or to relax with friends. On your visit, ask for one of Trevor’s signature cocktails, such as the “Sweet Hereafter,” made with gin, fresh cucumber slices, elderflower syrup and fresh lemon juice. It’s a blast of refreshment, perfect for a Vancouver spring evening.

Trevor was kind enough to share with us three innovative, spring-inspired cocktails. Try mixing them up at home!

Spring cocktails, courtesy of Trevor Kallies:

Number of Servings:1

2oz (60 ml) gin
1/4oz (10 ml) green chartreuse
2 orange wedges
1oz (30 ml) honey syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

In a cocktail mixing glass, add gin and chartreuse. Squeeze orange wedges into glass and drop in the spent wedges. Add honey syrup and bitters. Shake and strain into martini glass.

Number of Servings: 1

YVR, the airport code for Vancouver, is often used in place of the word “Vancouver.” This drink using Canadian whisky, has an citrus background and is deliciously refreshing.

2oz (60 ml) Canadian whisky
2 orange wedges (slice orange into 8 wedges)
1/2oz (20 ml) elderflower syrup
1/4oz (10 ml) lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour whisky into a cocktail mixing glass. Squeeze orange wedges into glass and drop in spent wedges. Add elderflower syrup, lemon juice and bitters. Shake. Strain into old fashioned glass. Fill glass with ice and top with soda.

Number of Servings:1

A twist on the traditional mint julep, this one made with lavendar soda is extremely refreshing.

2oz (60 ml) vodka
2 lemon wedges
2 lime wedges
1/2oz (20 ml) simple syrup*
4oz (120 ml) lavender soda

In a Mason jar, muddle lemon and lime wedges. Add vodka and simple syrup. FIll glass halfway with crushed ice and stir. Add lavender soda and fill glass with crushed ice. Serve.
*To make simple syrup, dissolve 1 cup (250 ml) sugar in 1 cup (250 ml) water.

For more of Trevor Kallies creative cocktails, read A Taste of Tequila in this issue.


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