This Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate in your bubble with an award-winning spirit? Of course, bubbly is a classic — we have some suggestions over on Instagram — but we also want to share this news: the spirits produced by Bottleneck Drive’s Alchemist Distiller received some love from the Artisan Distillers of Canada.
Four spirits, and four silvers!
All four are currently available in select private liquor stores, or you can order online and have a selection of these beautifully distilled bottles sent to you. While the distillery is currently closed for regular hours, you can get in touch directly with distiller Simon Buttet for a safe tasting by appointment.
The distillery has only been open since 2018, so medaling for all of these bottles — Green Frog Absynthe (authentic Absynthe with licorice and anise flavours), Libellule Gin (a modern gin), Nectar Apple Liqueur (“apple pie in a glass”), and Mr Fox Vodka (sweet and smooth) — is testament to the quality of these spirits. The vodka won a medal in its first year of release, and the Absythne took a bronze last year, now moving up in the ranks after some recipe tweaking.
Simon and his wife Sandrine, along with their daughter Zoe, came to the Okanagan from France with the goal of establishing a micro distillery; all of the products are distilled from locally harvested Okanagan apples, with natural ingredients.
What do they suggest for a Valentine’s Day classic cocktail? A Strawberry Daiquiri with Mr Fox Vodka. A perfect combination of sweet strawberries to remind us of warmer days, and ice, since it’s winter. Find more cocktail recipes direct from Alchemist here.