When visiting Canada, the classic cocktail to try is a Caeser Cocktail but next time you’re at a bar or a restaurant in the Okanagan, look for a cocktail with a local twist. Did you know that blueberries are Canada’s number one fruit export? In British Columbia, blueberries are naturally sweet and available all year round.
Okanagan bartender Harry Dosanj from Bar Travelling Man shares his top things to do in Kelowna as well as this fabulous Tabjito cocktail recipe (a twist on the classic mojito), using Okanagan blueberry liqueur made from ripe blueberries picked along the west coast of British Columbia.
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Okanagan Tabjito Cocktail
Time: 5 minutes
- 1oz Okanagan Spirits Taboo Absinthe
- .5oz Okanagan Spirits Blueberry Liqueur
- 1oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- .75oz mint syrup
- 8 freshly picked mint leaves
Step 1 – In a Boston shaker, add all the ingredients above into the tin and pack with lots of ice.
Step 2 – Shake hard for 10 seconds until the tin is ice cold.
Step 3 – Double strain using a Hawthorne and a tea strainer and pour into a tall Collins glass.
Step 4 – Top up with soda water or an Okanagan sparkling wine of your choice and drink LOCAL!
Step 5 – Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.
Harry Dosanj is a consultant, bartender and owner of Bar Travelling Man. He lives and works in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Discover British Columbia
British Columbia is famous for its winter resorts. The quality of snow is amazing in this region. So it’s not surprising the Thompson Okanagan region draws a fair share of skiers and snowboarders to SilverStar Mountain Resort, Big White Ski Resort and Sun Peaks Resort in winter.
Winter is a picturesque white winter wonderland but go in summer, spring and autumn and you’ll be rewarded by eye-catching views of Okanagan Lake right through the region. Sparkling Hill Resort offers rooms with jaw-dropping views.
When planning your trip to Canada, make sure to taste the cuisine.