Who | Jared Schmidt
Where | Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Current Bar | Orchard Room
Past Bar(s) | Raudz Regional Table, Baijiu (Edmonton), The Almanac (Edmonton)
Favourite Spirit | Bourbon
Favourite Juice | Pineapple all the way.
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Vieux Carre. It’s classy, it’s complex, it’s New Orleans, and it splits the difference between a good Sazerac, an Old Fashioned, and a Manhattan. Beautiful.
Favourite Part of the Job | Memorable guest interactions, and the lasting friendships and bonds you make with fellow members of the industry.
Favourite After Work Drink | A cold IPA or some brown spirit, neat.
Favourite at Home Drink | Craft Beers or Negronis.
Favourite bar in the world | Amor y Amargo (NYC)
Best known for | Painfully awful pun cocktail names, and dad jokes.
Favourite “at work” memory | When I won my first cocktail comp in Vancouver this past year, the entire staff team I worked with sent me a selfie of them celebrating that win. That particular staff group and company really felt like a family to me in that moment, and I look back quite fondly on that.
What do you collect? I collect microphones, recording gear, and guitar amps. I own far too many of each, and not nearly as many as I’d like.
Favourite thing about your city? The Okanagan is a beautiful landscape, and one of the best climates in Canada. I could go snowboarding and golfing in the same day in the spring if I wanted to.
What was the last photo that you took? For work? A screenshot of a cocktail recipe I want to riff on. For pleasure? A photo of my girlfriend and I from my cousin’s wedding.
Where was last place you traveled? New York City
Any claims to fame? 2019 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Top 6 Finalist
Lager or IPA? IPA
Sparkling or Flat? Sparkling
Miami or Mexico City? Mexico City
Olive or Twist? Twist
Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes, please.
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Media: LIQUOR.COM – THE MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE SEMIFINALISTS WON THE ULTIMATE WHISKEY LOVER’S TRIP TO KENTUCKY
WOODFORD RESERVE – THE MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE