If, like us, you've been getting friendly with your home bar during quarantine, you've probably mastered the classics and are ready to take things up a notch. Enter Kelsey Ramage, Toronto's premier antiwaste bartender behind environmentally-friendly cocktail pop-up Trash-Tiki and Supernova Ballroom, the city's destination for seasonal and sustainable sippers.
Back in May, we partnered with the eco-friendly cocktail slinger and Vodkow – a sustainable, carbon-neutral vodka made from unused milk sugars in Almonte, Ontario – for a sustainable pantry cocktail contest unlike any other. We asked the pro and aspiring bartenders of Toronto to create a #WasteNotWant Vodkow cocktail, which Kelsey Ramage and Foodism's Associate Editor Katie Bridges shook up live on Instagram, before crowning a winner.
The competition was fierce, but Tabytha Towe's 'Tweedle Tea' cocktail reigned supreme and will now be available for purchase at Dolly Trolley Drinks (with $20 from each set going directly to our winner). The online cocktail shop – which delivers high-quality, handmade cocktail mixers from Supernova Ballroom to your door – will be selling everything you need to make the #WasteNotWant winner's Vodkow cocktail alongside their roster of sustainable cocktail kits. Select your cocktail, add your booze of choice (or go non-alcoholic) and Dolly Trolley Drinks will provide contactless delivery on Monday, Thursday or Saturday – it sure beats lining up at the LCBO.
Below, we share the winning drink and the talented creations of our runners-up so you can keep mixing things up during lockdown.
To find out more about Vodkow and where to buy a bottle, click here.