It’s 4 pm when the man walks into the room. His arms are full of oddly shaped, brightly coloured vessels, each of them holding liquid gold—like the cool clear funky gin bottle and the quiet country look of the bourbons. He leaves the room and returns carrying boxes. These are full with the blues, greens and black glass of the wines—both the precious local and the old world favourites.
On the man’s face is an expression of excitement and pleasure as he lifts out a few bottles of his new stock of premium wines, those like Machete and Abstract from the Orin Swift Cellars, a few Amarones from Veneto, Italy and a 2013 Shiraz from Two Hands Bellas Garden in the Barossa Valley. There’s more… but he leaves again, only to return with other boxes. And inside are a saturation of bitters—tart cranberry and blueberry bitters, or maybe roasted macadamia and papaya, blood orange bitters, and although not always available, almost hidden as though a jewel, we see, with luck, the decorative bottle of Peruvian Amargo Chuncho Bitters. All part of the man’s stash. More and more, a kaleidoscope of flavours.
Cupboards are stocked, the cooler is checked and the bar is glittering with glasses. And then, hazelnuts, blackberries, apples, loganberries, and cherries. It’s almost time. The muddler is brought out and the Cocktail Maker begins his magic.
The doors of the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar open, and the first guests, as the Cocktail Maker prefers to call his customers, arrive. Orders are placed. The muddler is at work. And Jeff hands over his first taste of genius for the night….The drink is served.
The chef begins to prepare the food— pork, trout, duck dishes grace the menus, plus vegetables, flatbreads (like fig and prosciutto).
Try the Firehouse charcuterie and cheese plate, the hempseed crackers or the crispy goat cheese. It’s all delicious!
There’s music, too, so keep your eye on the Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar facebook page. Catch a great band, on their way to the top—fast! Zoubi and The Sea —a country/rock band—great vocals and dynamic instrumentals.
Submitted by Misty Ross, Cowichan Valley Resident and lover of all things muddled.