She holds a gun to his head.
“What are you going to print about tonight?”, asks Margaret.
“I’m sorry babe,” Dyter smirks. “I don’t write crime novels”.
Errol Flynn was a famous Hollywood actor whose personal life was more risky than his action roles. Best known for swashbuckling genre films, he was also a registered guest of the Hotel Georgia the night he died in 1959. His first major film role was starring as Dyter in the movie, Murder At Monte Carlo, where he plays a crime reporter. The film is now lost to history – so the opening to this piece could be dialog from the film (who really knows).
The Hotel Georgia (801 West Georgia) is an imposing beauty of dark wood, stark colored brick, spiral marble stairwells and majestic opulence that is rarely afforded to new buildings. It opened in 1927 and today remains the ‘second best hotel in Canada’ (U.S. News & World Report). The hotel houses some spectacular venues, namely Prohibition, Hawksworth, Reflections Rooftop Bar, Bel Café and 1927 Lobby Bar.
For cocktail lovers, not only do the bars at Hotel Georgia offer some of the best drinks in the city, but the hotel is also the birthplace of one of the acknowledged great classic cocktails.
Do not make Saucier’s recipe. Today’s bartenders know that their guests obsess with the caveat while ordering, “Not too sweet”, and his recipe will not fly by today’s standards for balance.
The cocktail was resurrected by Hotel Georgia bartender Brad Stanton in 2011 for the opening of the Hawksworth and he fixed the measurements for the modern palate, which verge towards the more tart balance. He also implemented the now standard garnish of grated nutmeg over top of the drink. For the recipe below, we updated the Hotel Georgia by making it vegan.
Updated Hotel Georgia
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Optional: 1 large swath of pithless orange peel
1 egg white | Vegan option: 6 drops Ms. Betters Botanical Cocktail Foamer (Vegan foamer doesn’t need dry shake)
Combine ingredients in a shaker. Dry shake. Hard shake with ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupé. Grate nutmeg over top of drink to garnish. Optional: Heighten the orange notes by expressing a large pithless peel of orange into the shaker and dropping it in. The oils will interact with the drink in the shake and give you extra layers of complexity.
Yuzu Mandarin Orgeat (by Dylan Williams of Ms. Betters)
Requires a digital scale.