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Four cocktail recipes from the Park Hyatt to write home about

A Park Hyatt institution, Writers Room Bar recently reopened after an extensive renovation. Every cocktail on the menu tells a story — and we've got the recipes.

The Collective cocktail recipe at Writers Room Bar in the Park Hyatt, Toronto

In a world that’s obsessed with what’s new and how fast, taking time to pause and reflect might just be the most valuable commodity out there. “It has this sense of stillness through time,” says Park Hyatt Toronto assistant beverage manager Lee Bonds of the Writers Room Bar. After undergoing a huge renovation, the newly reopened sky bar on the hotel’s 17th floor evokes the kind of dewy-eyed splendour one gets from looking back at the good ol’ days.

“It feels like a room that has a lot of stories,” he adds of the space infused with tributes to Canada’s literary legends, from the caricatures of authors like Margaret Atwood at the entrance to the quotes from home-grown writers on the cocktail menu, which added inspiration to Bonds’ recipes.

Lee Bonds, assistant beverage manager at the Park Hyatt Toronto

Lee Bonds, assistant beverage manager at the Park Hyatt Toronto

“Everything on the cocktail menu is stirred and contemplative, representing what I would drink throughout the creative process. If I’m going to sit down by a fireplace and write or read a book, I don’t necessarily think I’m going to grab a daiquiri or a margarita,” he chuckles.

Many of the drinks are booze-forward with spirits as dark as the room’s stained-oak walls. Although bourbon is welcomed, it’s Canadian rye whisky that’s on display. The drinks aren’t the only things with a strong sense of place. “I come back to the view — that’s the common tether through time,” says Bonds. It’s known as ‘the forever view’ because of the heritage buildings in front — even the iconic bar which overlooks them has been in the same place for decades. “You know a montage in a movie where they focus on two characters and everything around them is just going crazy? That’s sort of how I feel in this space, this place of permanence.”

Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion cocktail recipe at Writers Room, Toronto

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Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ oz Johnnie Walker Black
  • ¾ oz Amaro Averna
  • ¼ oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1 bar spoon Fernet-Branca

Method

  1. Place a tumbler glass in the freezer.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, fill with ice and stir.
  3. Remove the tumbler glass from the freezer and strain ingredients over a large, clear ice cube.

In Stone

In Stone cocktail recipe at Writers Room in the Park Hyatt, Toronto

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Preparation time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Olmeca Altos Tequila
  • ¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • ½ oz RinQuinQuin aperitif
  • ¾ oz champagne syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice

Champagne Syrup Ingedients

  • 1 cup champagne, cremant or cava
  • 1 cup white sugar

Method

Champagne Syrup Method

  1. Blend until sugar is completely dissolved (an immersion blender is best for this).

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and whip hard.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

The Collective

The Collective cocktail recipe at Writers Room in the Park Hyatt, Toronto

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Preparation time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
  • ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ¼ oz Fonseca White Port
  • 1 oz blackberry maple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ oz lime juice

Blackberry Maple syrup ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 cups maple syrup

Method

Blackberry Maple Syrup Method

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend on low speed until fully mixed.
  2. Fine strain to remove seeds.

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a tall collins glass.
  2. Fill the glass with a combination of crushed ice and cubes.

R & R

R & R cocktail recipe at Writers Room, Toronto

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Preparation time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ oz Plantation 3 Star White Rum
  • 1 oz raspberry cordial
  • ¾ oz lemon or lime juice

Raspberry Cordial Ingredients

  • 1 cup Martini Bianco Vermouth
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup raspberries

Method

Raspberry Cordial Method

  1. Blend all ingredients on low speed.
  2. Fine strain to remove seeds.

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin filled with ice and shake.
  2. Strain and serve up in a chilled glass.
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