We are in the “spirit? for St. Patrick’s Day with Okananagan Spirits Craft Distillery and the Okanagan Irish Society today!
Tyler Dyck from Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, a guest in the Kiss FM studio at Noon, is thrilled for the upcoming World Spirits Awards happening in Germany next week. The distillery is nominated for 8 awards.
The World Spirits Awards in Germany (basically the Academy Awards of Craft Distilling) that they’re nominated for include in Tyler’s words:
“Our Laird of Fintry Single Malt in the Whisky category
Our grain based Au Pied de Cochon Gin in the gin division
Our Aquavit in the herbal aquavit category
Our Taboo Absinthe in the Herbal absinthe division”.
In the Liqueur category they’re nominated for their Blackcurrant, their Haskap and their Rhubarb Liqueurs
In the quite large vodka division they’ve been given a nod for their Family Reserve Okanagan Apple Based Vodka
The ceremony for the World Spirits Awards is on Wed Mar. 22nd just outside of Frankfurt in Germany.
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery also have a “Prohibition Party” coming up at the Vernon Distillery on Friday March 31st at 7:30 PM. It will be a Speakeasy themed event with a Big Swing band and Burlesque dancers, a costume party, moonshine, bourbon beer and this year’s launch of Western Canada’s first Bourbon-Style Whisky Bourbon.
St. Patrick’s wouldn’t be complete without a green tea! Here’s a recipe from Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery for “The Mistic Tea”:
1 oz Okanagan Spirits Essentials Vodka
Okanagan Spirits Taboo Absinthe Mist
1oz Cold Steeped Green Tea
1/2oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2oz Simple Syrup
Dash of Bittered Sling Suius Cherry Bitters
Shaken over ice and served in a coup glass with lemon&mint garnish
For more on Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery check out https://www.okanaganspirits.com
For anyone who’s interested in The Okanagan Irish Society, it’s based in Kelowna. It’s a registered non-profit society. Their mandate is to promote the Irish culture within Canada. They have many social events throughout the year, including a St. Patrick’s celebration which is now sold out, many pub nights where they gather for dinner, a drink if you wish, tell stories, play music, sing and more. Spokesperson Pearse Walsh says there are at least 500 people living in the Okanagan who are from Ireland originally, including himself. There are over 10,000 people in the Okanagan that have Irish ancestry. The active group is always looking for more members. For more information on the Okanagan Irish Society, contact Pearse Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-718-1958. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!