Courtesy, Dubh Glas
Dubh Glas artisan distiller Grant Stevely
Dubh Glas Distillery's distiller Grant Stevely
When it comes to cutting-edge cocktail culture, Canada’s famous Okanagan Valley may not be the top place you think about visiting. Wine, yes. Fruit, yes. But not really cocktails.
However, Canadian food writer Jennifer Cockrall-King is set to change that. This past summer, she released a new book, Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your Guide to the Best Locally Crafted Fare (Touchwood).
It features more than 125 “culinary craftspeople,” including beekeepers, farmers, bakers, fishmongers and, yes, bartenders, distillers and cocktail experts.
Here are just a handful of her favourite bartenders and distillers; check them out the next time you’re visiting the Okanagan. (And pick up a copy of the book to find many, many more suggestions.)
The Dubh Glas Distillery — Pronounced "Douglas," Cockrall-King writes. "The first batch of Noteworthy Gin came out in February 2015, and it received immediate attention from gin aficionados and cocktail experts."
Now he freelances throughout the valley, making creative, inspiring cocktails that feature local herbs, fruits and more.
Think housemade lavender aromatics, beer reductions, reductions and unusual tinctures. "Anything that hasn't been done before — that's my wheelhouse," Jobe told Cockrall-King.
Okanagan Spirits — "I first fell in love with the fruit liqueurs like the blackcurrant, the cranberry and the red raspberry. From there, I progressed to the gin, the vodka, the absinthe and the rest of its line of 25 spirits," she writes in her new book."
Okanagan Spirits now makes a single malt whisky so popular that it's available for purchase only through an annual lottery."
Want to know more about Jennifer Cockrall-King's new book? Find out more here.