Hansen Distillery is pouring one out for its longest working employee
By Katrina Turchin | July 8, 2022
Shayna Hansen, co-owner of Hansen Distillery, first met Josee 10 years ago when she was a babysitter for a relative. Josee quickly became more than a babysitter, she became a family friend and Hansen Distillery’s first employee. She continued to work for Hansen Distillery throughout nursing school, running her own business out of her home, volunteering, working other side jobs and, now, going to medical school. In honour of her, the team at Hansen Distillery decided to create a drink in her honour, titled Pink Josee.
“We’re really lucky to have her as part of our team here at Hansen,” says Hansen. “We wanted to do this product to show her how important, and how special she is, to us, our family and the business. All of the staff members here truly look out for each other. They celebrate one another’s wins and this product is really just the accumulation of all of those wins.”
Pink Josee is a peach lemonade vodka made with fresh ingredients like lemons, peaches and hibiscus tea, and no artificial flavouring or colouring. The limited edition summer release was made with Josee’s input and is inspired by her favourite alcoholic beverage made by a mainstream brand.
“[Pink Josee] is only 25 per cent [alcohol]. We wanted it to be straightforward, like Josee,” says Hansen. “She’s not complicated – what you see is what you get with her. So we wanted to keep the product simple, not a big fuss. It’s supposed to be fun, playful and a spin on her favourite flavor combination. The perfect Alberta summer drink to share with friends.”
Hansen recommends pouring Pink Josee over ice or making a simple cocktail. Learn how to make Hansen’s signature Pink Josee cocktail below, or visit Hansen Distillery and enjoy the drink on their recently opened patio.
Pink Josee is available July 9 online and in-person at Hansen Distillery, located 17412 111 Ave NW. Edmonton