With much of travel at a standstill and many bars closed, people are keeping spirits high by channelling their inner mixologist. For some intel about drinks that travel – and the lowdown on Canadian cocktail culture right now – we sought the advice of Ilissa Jestadt, head mixologist at Toronto’s Northwood (Mulberry’s* sister bar). Jestadt was deemed best bartender by NOW Magazine readers in 2019. We asked her where she finds inspo for her signature recipes, and how to turn the contents of your fridge into concoctions that can transport you to a tropical beach hangout or a canal–side café in Venice.
*Ranked second on our list of Canada’s Best New Bars in 2018.