Great Northern Cocktails, a book by star bartender and consultant Shawn Soole, will be published in October, a round-up of more than 140 drink recipes, tinctures and infusion formulas, plus a handy glossary. “Canada has always been that big, snow-covered country to the north of the United States where people live in igloos and ride moose to school,” Soole says, only slightly exaggerating global perceptions. “Canada is rich in world cultures and in the last 10 to 15 years has slowly and apologetically become a cocktail culture powerhouse.” Soole co-authored the 2013 book Cocktail Culture, runs bcspirits.com, hosts a semi-weekly hospitality podcast and has consulted to various artisan distilleries through soolehospitality.com.
October 19 – Wine and Beyond stores host an Alberta craft spirits mini-festival at locations including at its Sherwood Park location, with sampling of products from local distilleries.
November 7 – The Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff 2019 happens at Laurel Packing House in Kelowna, an annual cocktail competition that showcases the distillery’s products.
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