I recently came across a great post by my favourite Canadian food blog, SmokySweet, on holiday gift ideas for foodies. On their list were Bittered Sling extracts made by Kale & Nori, a collaboration between award-winning bartender, Lauren Mote, and chef, Jonathan Chovancek. To paraphrase SmokySweet, Lauren is a bit of a mad scientist with botanicals, and the result is an amazing line of beautiful bitters that can be used both for cooking and cocktails.
As a cocktail aficionado myself (who celebrates palate & potion with equal gusto!), I decided to go hunting for these Bittered Sling beauties, and my search took me to The Modern Bartender near Stadium in Vancouver. Not only can you find the Bittered Sling line here, you can also find entire ranges of rare bitters that are difficult to find elsewhere (whether you are in Vancouver, Paris, or Buenos Aires)! The Modern Bartender also offers a great selection of cocktail tools, glasses, guides, and everything you need to help you make that Perfect Cocktail. Given it's close to my idea of cocktail paradise, I now plan to make it a regular stop of mine every time I return to Vancouver.
This time around, I happily walked out with 4 different bitters that I plan to give away as a present. (At C$30 per bottle, they're not cheap, but their potency means that they should last you a long time.) Although I'm gifting them, I must admit that they are also secretly for me ... because it will just give me an excuse to ask that special someone to concoct delicious cocktails pour moi! :)
28 East Pender
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tel: +1 604 684 1747