The Hopscotch Festival has started, and their launch party with Gastown clothing retailer Kit & Ace was lively, animated and – most importantly – boozy. While there were snacks, craft ginger beer and organic chocolate on display, I was mostly there for the smokey, peaty stuff. Sadly, Canadian whisky were the only thing on offer, and while I get the O Canada nod, the stuff just isn’t very quaffable on its own.
Thankfully, the three presenting bartenders (all from unique bars around town) did their take on whiskey cocktails. To get you in the spirit for Hopscotch this week, I’ve asked them to share the recipes below:
Bar: Devil’s Elbow
Bar: The Belmont
Bar: The Keefer
The Hopscotch Festival is an annual event that features whisky, beer and spirits. The Grand Tasting Hall takes place November 21 to 22, with various satellite events and master classes happening all week throughout the city. More information here.