Eat North, Vine Arts Wine and Spirits and Victoria Park Business Association have teamed up with Skipping Stone Foundation to bring you Shake, Stir, Strainbow: Cocktails in support of Calgary Pride. More than 30 Calgary restaurants and bars will be participating in the cocktail campaign and $1 from the sale of each featured cocktail between Aug. 18 and Sept. 2 will be donated to Skipping Stone Foundation, a Calgary-based, not-for-profit, organization whose mission is to support and empower trans and gender diverse youth and their families in the province of Alberta.
Here is the complete list of participating restaurants and bars.
The inspiration for this beautiful pink drink was to complement the flavours and the ambiance of Alloy. It's a drink that tastes, looks and feels as if you were to emerge yourself in the spirit of Alloy and its globally inspired dishes.
Avec Bistro and Provision: The LIL
We all know the classic LOL, well meet LIL meaning love is love! We love this lavender, lemon and gin cocktail!
Calcutta Cricket Club: Our Burning Love
Calcutta Cricket Club create a cocktail showing what the LGBTQ community has had to go through a lot to win their rights. Using soft and rough ingredients such as cinnamon, rose water, mango and rum and turmeric, Calcutta has created a harmonious blend that works together to be enjoyed by all.
Try making this fiery cocktail at home tonight with the recipe.
Deane House and River Café: Equal Parts
Fairmont Palliser: Mi Amor
Mi Amor is made with love, and with fresh mint from its herb garden. Refreshing yet subtly sweet from the raspberries and honey cultivated from the Fairmont Palliser beehives, we think you'll fall deeper in love with each sip.
Milk Tiger: Death Drop
Any true RuPaul Drag Race fan will understand the significance of a death drop if a queen has to sing for her life! One too many of these from Milk Tiger and you may find yourself experiencing this dramatic fall.
Oak Tree Tavern: Purple Flamingo
This cocktail is a vacation in a glass. The bartender from Oak Tree Tavern was inspired by floating in a pool in Palm Springs that was shaded by palm trees with pink flamingos on the grass.
Ten Foot Henry: Off the Wall
This cocktail from Ten Foot Henry is definitely off the wall, named after Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, NYC. On June 28th, 1969, during a police raid, patrons and members of the community began to riot. This uprising marked the beginning of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and was a crucial turning point in LGBTQ history.
Try it tonight with this recipe.
The Beltliner: Purple Cosmos
The Beltliner chose to do something that was purple as it is a colour that has been historically associated with LGTBQ. More specifically, on the Pride flag, it represents the spirit of the LGBTQ community. It is also a colour associated with royalty. The Beltliner also added the gold rim to make it extra fabulous!
The Coup: Sun and Sea
The Coup created summer in a glass, with tropical flavours of mango, passion fruit, dragonfruit and coconut rum. The inspiration stemmed from wanting to create a bright and colourful cocktail that will remind us of the beach as we enter into the fall.
Two Penny: Yasss Karen
Two Penny's Yass Karen is a celebration of the translucent nature of gender. It is a clever and flavourful cocktail that represents how gender should be perceived today. Balancing white rum, Esprit de June, and pink peppercorn, Yass Karen serves to be both incredibly flavourful, but also extremely deceiving with its entirely clear nature.