Worldly Relations: Inspired by Canada and China
Travel with us to the final two of Phoenix’s sister cities.
By Tyler Peckham
In 1972, Phoenix joined the national Sister City movement in an effort to connect culturally and diplomatically with other municipalities around the world. Forty-six years later, we have flourishing relationships with 10 “sisters”: Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Ramar Gat, Israel; and Prague, Czech Republic. For past months, we have journeyed far and wide, and now we bring you our final two sister cities and their lifestyle inspirations for your home.
Sister City since 1976
The capital city of the Sichuan province, Chengdu is bustling with people, culture and business. Awash with rich colors and traditional Chinese architecture, the city boasts a sleek, modern skyline.
Sichuan-Hibiscus Gin and Tonic
1 ½ ounce Bombay Sapphire gin
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce hibiscus simple syrup (see recipe)
Hibiscus Simple Syrup
Add two cups of water and one cup of sugar to saucepan. Heat until the ingredients are dissolved. Add a handful of dried hibiscus flowers and let steep until a deep red color. Strain and cool until ready for use.
Sichuan Peppercorn Infused Gin
Toast a handful of peppercorns in a saucepan until fragrant. Pour 12 ounces of Bombay Sapphire into a lidded glass container with peppercorns and steep for a maximum of two hours until pale yellow in color, then strain.
Pour a small amount of absinthe into a Tom Collins glass and swirl to coat the inside. Add Sichuan peppercorn-infused gin, hibiscus simple syrup and lemon juice and shake with ice. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Sister City since 1997
With year-round sunshine, two major rivers, the Canadian Rockies, and a deep-rooted history in agriculture, Calgary is one of the most livable cities in the world. Calgarians are in tune with their environment and have reserved many open spaces in the city for recreation and sport.