In case you haven’t noticed, cocktails, mostly craft cocktails, have made a roaring comeback lately (but are they still?). And where there are cocktails, there is alcohol, so it’s fitting distilleries are popping up just like a lot of craft breweries in Alberta right now.
We’ve been out to Eau Claire Distillery and loved it, obvs will have to return to share with you all on here But when in Banff awhile back we checked out one of the newer kids in town, Park Distillery.
With primo location right on Banff Avenue, the distillery has tall ceilings, dark paint and a lot of metallic flourishes. The entire back wall is a window into the actual distillery, and photos depict life around the mountain town in days gone by.
We sat at the bar because we’re cool like that, and like creeping on bartenders when their mixing. High five mixologists!
Our first visit, was for cocktails only as we were headed to Kingsmen: The Golden Circle (It was okay, not as good as the first, but okay).
Siddall started with the CPR Sipper (Blanco tequila, triple sec, campari, strawberry puree, lemon jice and agave nectar). This was a nice, sweet sipper indeed. But my friends, let me draw your attention to the Sawback (Park Chili Vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice, lime juice and agave nectar). Sweet baby unicorns, this is probably the best cocktail I’ve ever tasted. The sweet of the pineapple is tempered by that sweet beauty that is Park’s Chili Vodka. The kick on that beast is divine. Try it. Tomorrow.
Having time for one more before we hit the pictures, we shared the Mystic Peak (bourbon, peach juice reduction, agave nectar and bitters). Bourbon and peach really do have quite the love affair. This too was a winner, but definitely more a sipper than a tipper.
So, the very next day in fact, a snowy, postcard day, we were seeking out some lunch and went to…Park Distillery again. We did a bit of a hodge podge of snacks sharing the Park Caesar (baby gem, cornbread crouton, bacon, parm, roasted garlic dressing), pork croquettes (BBQ pork, panko, rosemary slat, maple & rye mustard) and the fish tacos (battered red snapper, salsa verde, lime crema, radish and cilantro).
First off, Park was not stingy on the parm, and for that I am always grateful. The baby gem leaves were a bit on the large size so I acted an uncouth dinner and went at it with my butter knife. The cornbread croutons were a brilliant idea, but a bit on the soft side. The dressing was the real winner of the salad as there was enough garlic in there to kill a dark dungeon full of vampires.
The croquettes were hot and jam packed with pork. The filling flavour was pulled pork where we had imagined a more savoury flavour but when paired with the maple and rye mustard was delish.
The winner of the day was the fish tacos. Breaded beautifully and packing a tiny punch, I would order these again before you knock someone out with my roasted garlic dressing breath. And, of course, I had to have one more Sawback before we left for home.