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How to use Bitters with Lauren Mote & Jonathan Chovancek
Episode 20221st December 2021 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
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For those of you who listened to the very, very end of my ep last week, you were expecting this week to be all about the City of London, well, due to unforeseen circumstances with which I won’t bore you. 

Instead, this week we will be answering all your questions about bitters with two who have been in the bitters biz for almost 10 years. 

I’ve had many eureka moments in the over 200 episodes of Lush Life I’ve done, but never so many in one episode! All to do with bitters. 

Who should be here to answer all my questions about bitters, and there were many, but my friend and former Lush Lifer Lauren Mote & her partner in business and life Chef Jonathan Chovancek, Co-Founders of Bittered Sling Bitters, Canada's award-winning cocktail bitters brand. 

To hear all about Lauren’s background, check out my two eps dedicated to her career. 

Jonathan has had more than 20 years of experience creating local, sustainable fare for some of Canada’s most celebrated, establishments, plus he has contributed to many magazines, been on telly, and was the chef/host of CBC TV’s groundbreaking documentary Village on a Diet, which was watched by more than a million people coast to coast. 

With those two at the helm, let’s see how many eureka moments you have!

The cocktail of the week is Times They Are A-Chain-Gin:


  • 1.50 oz | 45 mL Tanqueray Ten Gin
  • 1.00 oz | 30 mL Rose Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz | 10 mL Verjus Cordial (*equal parts 1:1 simple syrup to white verjus)
  • 0.25 oz | 10 mL Campari
  • 2 dashes Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper Bitters


  • Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. 
  • Strain neat into a chilled cocktail glass. 
  • Express orange oils over the top of the cocktail and around the glass. 

You’ll find this recipe, more gin recipes, and all the cocktails of the week at, where you’ll find all the ingredients in our shop.


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