She’s a mixologist; a sommelier; an architect of potions, tonics and elixirs; an accomplished emcee, writer, spirit and cocktail judge; an international spirits diplomat and accredited instructor; award-winning bartender Lauren Mote wears many hats, but she’s perhaps best known as the DIAGEO Reserve & World Class Global Cocktailian, and the co-founder of Bittered Sling Bitters — an internationally successful portfolio of award-winning cocktail bitters and culinary extracts.
Named the 2015 ‘Bartender of the Year’ by both the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and DIAGEO World Class Canada, Lauren is a well-respected speaker, educator, mentor and industry advocate, whose reach extends well beyond the bar. She has served as an Associate Director for the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, has been an event partner and keynote speaker with Tales of the Cocktail® since 2011, and in 2016 Lauren was the first Canadian woman inducted into the “Dames Hall of Fame”, and nominated for “Best Bar Mentor” at the 10th annual Spirited Awards Ceremony. Lauren is a Development Consultant for the World Class Program, including the bartender competition, retail and commercial platforms, and the World Class Studios Global Education Program.
Lauren is an in-demand hospitality consultant, and in the past 6 years has launched and redesigned bar programs at The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar in Calgary, Vancouver’s Café Medina and Burdock & Co., and most recently was the Beverage Consultant for the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Whistler locations, and their restaurants YEW seafood + bar and Sidecut. Lauren’s unique brand of marketing, social media, ambassador programming and PR strategy for spirit and hospitality brands still resonates throughout the consulting arm of Bittered Sling.