An award-winning bartender and a life coach for women in recovery are teaming up to create a ladies’ mocktail night in Vancouver.
Kaitlyn Stewart, who was crowned the best bartender in the world at the 2017 Diageo World Class competition in Mexico City, will be mixing intricate alcohol-free cocktails at the Royal Dinette in downtown Vancouver on November 21.
“To be completely honest, I think it’s even harder to make a non-alcoholic cocktail compared to a traditional cocktail,” Stewart told the Daily Hive.
She explained spirits have distinct flavour profiles and aromas, and you need to find creative alternatives for mocktails. One example she likes is a switchel mocktail, an “old-school shrub-type cocktail” that farmers would drink during the harvest to stay hydrated.
“Cocktails make us feel special. Like, oh, we’re drinking this amazing concoction with artisanal ingredients … I just wanted to take booze out of the equation,” organizer Jessica Jeboult told Daily Hive.
Jeboult is the founder of the online community A Sober Girls Guide, a blog she created after deciding her lifestyle as a full-time DJ at California nightclubs wasn’t bringing her the fulfillment she wanted.
“I was just drinking and doing drugs … It really started to affect my mental health … I had debilitating anxiety attacks which made me not able to go to work.”
She’s been sober for more than 10 years and recently moved back to Vancouver – her hometown. She wanted to bring the sober women’s community with her.
“I want to show people you can be at a really fun bar and have a great meal without alcohol,” she said.
The Vancouver event is billed as a night on the town for 25-to-35-year-old sober and “sober-curious” women to get to know each other while sipping delicious alcohol-free drinks.
Stewart, the mixologist, is the bar manager on regular nights at the Royal Dinette.
When: November 21 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Royal Dinette – 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver