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the Offering Cocktail on Long Beach for Davines

By Reese Richards

“The Offering” Cocktail at Pacific Rim National Park

A Cocktail in a Hut on the Beach –
Stress Test at 1st of 29 Canadian National Parks

When you’re embarking on an adventure as epic as our cross-Canada tour, you’ve got to do some serious planning.  Since Nate, Kyle and myself will essentially live out of a small trailer for our trip, we have to pack carefully and only bring what we need.  Our meals, water usage, electricity, and media storage also require intentional budgeting. Our first stop, Pacific Rim National Park, gave us an opportunity to evaluate our gear and our plan. We called it our ‘stress test.’

According to Wikipedia, a stress test is

“a form of deliberately intense or thorough testing used to determine the stability of a given system or entity.”

Since the three of us will be together pretty much 24/7 for the next four months, our stress test also evaluated our relational dynamics. Thankfully, we can stand each other pretty well!
When we got to Pacific Rim, we learned that there bears and wolves had been sighted in the park earlier that same day. Kyle trembled for a bit (he might deny it, but I saw him shake).

The park itself spans over 500 square kilometers and three distinct regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. We camped at Green Point campground at Long Beach and filmed the creation of a bespoke cocktail in a driftwood cave.

A Cocktail on a Beach – “The Offering”

The cocktail, called “The Offering”, is the first of 10 bespoke cocktails that we’re creating for Davines (the organic hair care products company) throughout our trip.  For this first cocktail, Davines wanted something that incorporated tobacco into the drink as a shout out to the historical tobacco industry of Virginia. They chose the name “The Offering” to pay homage to the native American tradition of the sacred offering of tobacco. This cocktail definitely presented a challenge. Working with tobacco in cocktails can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. To keep the cocktail safe and flavorful, we decided to pull the flavor from the tobacco by infusing a small amount of it into honey.

Pacific Rim National Park Video Highlight Reel

Here’s a video highlight reel of our time at Pacific Rim National Park – camping, cocktails and cooking.

“The Offering” Cocktail Recipe

    • 2/3oz tobacco infused honey
    • 2/3oz lemon juice
    • 2oz dark rum

Top with soda, garnish with cinnamon stick & lemon swath

 

Location

Green Point campground in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada in between the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet. It has 94 campsites suitable for both tents and small trailers.

Facilities

  • Water
  • Food Storage
  • RV Hookups
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Electricity
  • Firewood for sale

Wildlife

  • Black Bears
  • Cougars
  • Wolves
  • Martens
  • Minks
  • Black Tailed Dear
  • Racoon

 

Marine Wildlife

  • Seals
  • Porpoises
  • Sea Lions
  • Whales

 

Highlights

Surfing and storm watching at Long Beach

West Coast Trail 

 

Cost of Camping

$43.30 – 3 people for 1 night

$20.00 – 3 bundles of wood

Total Cost of Camping 1 Night in Pacific Rim National Park: $63.30

 

Recommended Bars / Restaurants Nearby

In Tofino: Wolf in the Fog, RedCan Gourmet Restaurant, Ice House Oyster Bar, Sea Monster Noodle Bar, Wildside Grill

In Ucluelet: Floathouse Patio & Grill

 

 


By thenimblebar

Vlog 1: Cross-Canada Road Trip

Welcome to Nimble Bar TV! We’re about to leave on our road trip across Canada and want to share a bit of our vision first. In this very first episode of our vlog, we’ll take you through the story of the idea from concept to reality, a bit about what we do as a company, and what you can expect from Nimble Bar TV.

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Video Index

00:00 Our cross-country idea: How Reese’s crazy concept convinced us to do something big. Still not sure if a road trip is the best idea, but there’s only one way to find out!

02:40 Doing the hard thing first: Apparently this is a trend for us. We shot our first video in the dark and in the woods. Now we’re setting out for weeks on the road.

03:29 What we do: First, we’re digital storytellers who focus your business’ unique character. Second, we consult bars and restaurants to improve margins and training. Third, we throw awesome private parties for individuals and organizations.

04:40 Bespoke cocktails: First we understand your restaurant as deeply as possible. Then we encapsulate that in a never-before-seen cocktail unique to you. And we capture it on digital media and help you share it with the world.

05:45 High-quality, authentic storytelling: Most video seems hollow. It misses the point. Even if the video looks really, really good, many times you just don’t care. It’s empty. That’s because the video feels inauthentic and it doesn’t share your restaurant’s story — your brand. We tell your story like no one else can.

08:30 What our YouTube channel is about: We share segments on bespoke cocktails connected back to the earth. We share segments on our epic road trip and adventures, and we share videos we’ve produced for local restaurants.


By thenimblebar

A Stump in the Grove: Honouring BC’s Majesty with a Cocktail

The Story of our Cathedral Grove
Inspired Cocktail: a Stump in the Grove

We Love the Wild, Ancient Trees of Vancouver Island

The unexpected encounters with creatures of the forest; the grandeur of massive groves of ancient cedars and firs.  This is why we decided to create a cocktail based on this beautiful piece of land called Cathedral Grove.

Cathedral Grove is 157 hectares of ancient Douglas Fir trees, and it’s the only stand of Douglas Fir trees in British Columbia accessible by highway.  If you haven’t seen massive trees in person before, we highly recommend getting out to Cathedral Grove to experience these wonders of nature.  So wondrous, in fact, that the grove made the short list for the Seven Wonders of Canada competition held by CBC television in 2007.  The 157 hectares that are Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada are part of 301 hectares that make up MacMillan Provincial Park.  You’ll find these gargantuan trees towering over highway 4 in central Vancouver Island – 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16 km east of the small town of Port Alberni.

A Stump in the Grove, one of our first wilderness cocktail creations, honours the beauty and majesty of our very own British Columbian coastal forests. We’ve carefully selected winter spices and foraged needles and mixed them with Stump Coastal Forest Gin and Woods Amaro Bitter Liqueur.

To offset the bitterness of the Amaro and the citrus kick from the lime, we created a sweet tea through steeping winter spices in boiling water and sugar. We finished the cocktail with lime, and rimmed with salt infused with the tips of Grand Fir needles (which have a subtle pineapple / citrus taste).  It’s decidedly woodsy, herbaceous, and earthy. The citrus blend of the tree needles, gin, and amaro accentuates the grandeur of the surrounding towering giants on a cool, British Columbian May morning.

Stump in the Grove Ingredients:

1.5 oz (45 ml) Stump Coastal Forest Gin

0.75 oz (22.5 ml) Woods Amaro Bitter Liqueur

0.75 oz (22.5 ml) Lime juice

0.75 oz (22.5 ml) Sweet Winter-Spiced Tea


Serve on the rocks, garnished with Grand Fir tip infused sea salt on the rim


Sweet Winter-Spiced Tea:

A handful of cinnamon, juniper berries, star anise, clove, and allspice mixed with equal parts sugar and water. Simmer all of these ingredients together for 20-25 minutes.

This actually isn’t the first time we’ve used ingredients from the forest in a cocktail. It certainly won’t be the last. Have any ideas or suggestions for mixed drinks that come from the forest? Mention them in the comments below and we’ll give them a try! Assuming they’re legal.

A word of warning: don’t forage ingredients yourself unless you know what you’re doing. Not all plant in our forests are edible. If you want to safely experience unique cocktails like A Stump in the Grove, join our expert bartenders at an outdoor event.

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the Offering Cocktail on Long Beach for Davines
“The Offering” Cocktail at Pacific Rim National Park
Vlog 1: Cross-Canada Road Trip
A Stump in the Grove: Honouring BC’s Majesty with a Cocktail