By Julia Diakow

Our latest Sovereign Canada series takes us to the bars of some extremely talented individuals who are refashioning the classic cocktails of Summer. This is not your sorority house sugar bomb sangria nor your antifreeze hangover induced blue hawaiians (although there may still be blue drinks). We’ve put these bartenders to the task and they have most certainly delivered! Happy sipping!

First up to bat is Vancouver’s own: Max Borrowman

Concocting a twist on his favorite summer tipple, Max has created “The Dead Mule,” a deliciously potent take on the Margarita. Paying homage to the many Mezcaleros that still use mules as a means of transporting agave; this one was clearly drinking on the job.


The Dead Mule

Dead Mule close up20 ml The 86 Co Tequila Cabeza

20 ml Mezcal Koch Mexicano

15 ml Aperol

10 ml Simple Syrup

15 ml Lime juice

15 ml Grapefruit juice

1 slice of Ginger

Muddle ginger in a mixing tin, combine all ingredients, shake over ice. Rim an old fashioned glass with salt and fine strain cocktail over rocks. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and candied ginger



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