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Drinks with Canada’s most imaginative bartender
Whether you’re in Calgary for business or pleasure, there is always time for a good cocktail. For bars that can cater to your preferences with alluring drink lists, it’s important to know where the creative bartenders are. This summer Bombay Sapphire hosted their 11th annual Most Imaginative Bartender contest, crowning Dylan Macleod of Native Tongues (page 54), Jeff Savage of Proof (page 48), and Timo Salimaki of The Living Room (page 47) as regional winners in Calgary.
Timo Salimaki went on to win Most Imaginative Bartender in Canada, and we had the chance to catch up with him and talk about the Calgary bar scene.
“For a lot of places that I’ve gone to around the world, it’s just all about making a really good drink. And people in Calgary definitely know how to do that,” Salimaki says. “If any of these bartenders were in any other major city, they would be at the top of their game as well.”
Salimaki says that most of his drinks have a savoury approach and the inspiration for the winning cocktail The Mirepoix Experience came from a batch of soup he made on a rainy day, and accidentally made too much of.
“I remember eating this soup after five days and the flavours had become so complex. And then I don’t know, for some reason I decided, ‘Hey, gin would be a really good addition to this.’”