Mixologist. Sommelier. Architect of potions, tonics and elixirs. Accomplished emcee, writer and cocktail judge. International spirits diplomat. Award-winning bar personality Lauren Mote wears many hats, but she’s perhaps best known as the co-proprietor of Bittered Sling — a wildly successful line of high-quality, small-batch cocktail and culinary bitters— and bar manager of the downtown Vancouver hotspot UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar.
With more than 14 years of expertise in the food and beverage industry both in Toronto and on the West Coast, Mote has been a familiar and well-respected personality behind the bar at such renowned estab-lishments as Le Sélect Bistro, Lumière, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Hawksworth Catering, Chow Restaurant and the Refinery.
Since she first started experimenting with and concocting bitters in 2008, Mote has developed and perfect-ed more than 240 contemporary cocktail recipes featuring homemade and artisanal products, “tasting note” deconstruction and near-encyclopedic knowledge of spirits alchemy. It was in 2012 that Mote and partner Jonathan Chovancek pooled and poured their immeasurable talents into Bittered Sling.
Named the 2015 ‘Bartender of the Year’ by both the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and Diageo World Class Canada, Mote is a well-respected speaker, educator, mentor and industry advocate, whose reach extends well beyond the bar. She continues to shape the way enthusiasts both in Vancouver and around the globe view and consume cocktails through her avant-garde mixology, innovative training and consulting programs and mentorship of apprentice bartenders. Mote has dedicated herself to the devel-opment of novice bar talent through both the Cocktail Kitchen Series and Bittered Sling Bistro — Vancou-ver’s largest and longest-running series of cocktail competitions — as well as her past role as Associate Director and Bittered Sling’s current role as an Associate Brand of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA).
Mote is also an in demand hospitality consultant and in the past year has helped revamp and redesign bar programs at The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar in Calgary as well as at Vancouver’s Café Medina and Bur-dock & Co., most recently collaborating with YEW seafood + bar in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver to launch the Oceans Program, an innovative cocktail menu that draws inspiration from the world’s oceans and complements YEW’s highly successful focus on seafood sustainability.
Since 2011, Mote has been an event partner and keynote speaker with Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier cocktail festival, in New Orleans, Vancouver and Argentina and has planned and executed Bittered Sling on the Road events in Toronto, Mexico, New Orleans and Buenos Aires. She is one of 40 international spirits professionals currently serving on the Tales of the Cocktail Seminar Selection Committee, an Interna-tional Judge for their Spirited Awards and one of only three judges for Top Shelf 20, a community of elite bartenders across the country. In 2014, Mote was a keynote speaker at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon and a judge at the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Dish & Dazzle Competition as well as at the inaugural Vancouver Calvados Cocktail Contest.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Bartender of the Year, Diageo World Class Canada (2015)
Bartender of the Year, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards (2015)
Seminar Selection Committee Member and International Judge, Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards (2015)
Concept & Event Consultant, 200th Anniversary Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky “Smoke & Mirrors” (2015)
Canadian Ambassador, Speed Rack Inc. (2015)
One of ’10 Vancouver women doing amazing things’, Vancity Buzz (2015)
Best Bartender (Downtown/Gastown/Yaletown), Westender Best of the City Awards (2015)
Judge, Molinari Sambuca Cocktail Competition (2015)
Judge, Tales of the Cocktail’s Seminar Selection Committee (2015, 2014, 2013)
Judge, Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards “International Categories” Committee (2015)
Event Partner, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)
Event Partner, Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
Judge, Dish n’ Dazzle Cocktail Competition, BC Hospitality Foundation (2014)
Keynote Speaker, Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon (2014)
Judge, Vancouver’s Inaugural Calvados Cocktail Contest (2014)
Judge, Top Shelf 20 Canada-wide (2013-2014)
Winner, Dish n’ Dazzle Cocktail Competition, BC Hospitality Foundation (2013)
Judge, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cocktail Contest (2013)
Seminar Instructor, “A Forager’s Pharmacy”, Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans (2012)
Seminar Instructor, “Traditional Chinese Apothecary Ingredients”, Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans (2012)
Top 40 Foodies Under 40, Western Living Magazine (2011)
Winner, Angostura Aromatic Bitters National Challenge, Canada (2011)
Bartender of the Year, Westender Best of the City Awards (2010)
Winner, Sundance Films & US Bartender’s Guild Iconoclast Competition, Grey Goose Vodka, Canada (2010)
Winner, Maker’s Mark Cocktail Competition (2009)
Winner, Grand Marnier “The Next Classic” Cocktail Competition (2009)