Photograph Paul Swanson
What’s Alberta’s best patio without some company?
No, we’re not talking about your friends – we’re talking about food and cocktails, like Stone Peak’s B.C. mussels and the Athabasca Mist. Consisting of vodka, dry vermouth and lemon juice, with the glass rinsed in green chartreuse for a refreshing, liquorice-like smack, the Athabasca Mist is a delight on its own. And when you pair it with the mussels, it’s even better: The chartreuse brings out the best in the dish’s peppercorn, leeks and potatoes, too, and the lemon juice and vermouth complement the sundried tomato. “We do things a little different around here,” LeDrew says. “The flavour combination is really impeccable, and it’s important to pair it with a drink that has some depth and complexity.”