What could be more festive than a red-hued cocktail featuring the legendary flavours of Grand Marnier? Place all the liquid ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass, stir and garnish with a cranberry skewered with a rosemary sprig. Grand Marnier – This iconic orange flavoured liqueur was originally created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. Its distinctive, pure orange flavour and iconic bottle wrapped in…

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Leslee Fredericks, a Retail Product Specialist at the Bridgewater NSLC, is a lifelong student of wine. You had a career before working for the NSLC. What prompted you to make the change? I was lucky to have a really interesting career as an economic development professional. While I was on a contract in Northern Ontario I was happy to discover a vibrant wine…

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Close your eyes and take a deep breath — it’s autumn again! The air is alive with the smell of the harvest and Nova Scotia’s many cideries and breweries are churning out fl avourful and complex offerings to excite your palate and warm your bones. Whether you prefer malty, spicy or bitter ales, or gravitate toward fresh and crisp ciders, you won’t be disappointed with this season’s selection at the NSLC….

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Loving local

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While grapes may be the cream of the crop, they’re not the only berry that can yield sublime wines. Nova Scotia’s vintners have been fermenting the juice from alternative fruits for decades, creating liquid wonders that are perfect for casual sipping as well as making an inspired match with a variety of local dishes, especially our own cheeses. Opening your mind…

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With more than two centuries of history, it’s no surprise this classic whisky cocktail is simply known as the Old-Fashioned. This cocktail is so famous that it even has a glass named after it. An Old-Fashioned glass (alternatively known as a rocks glass) should be chilled before building the drink. Ice You can serve yours neat in a cocktail glass but…

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Summer Beer


Beer and barbecue is a summer rite of passage for many of us. You may agree that the event is even better when accompanied by these refreshing beer styles matched with delicious summer fare. Cool the Heat with Lager The broad category of beer known as lager, in some cases categorized as Bright & Balanced…

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Summer berries

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There are few things more delectable than fresh summer berries. Their lush fl avours and sweet and tart balance make them the perfect ingredient in summer pies, cocktails, jams, salads and a few other things … A Cure for a Boring Summer Cuisine Routine Use berries like strawberries to add life to a summer salad. Purée…

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Take a cue from the new world


Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are crazy about cooking outdoors. South Africa’s national holiday celebrates the braai (Afrikaans for barbecue), Argentina is famous for its multi-course extravaganzas called asado and in Australia, well, they’ll throw just about anything on the barbie. They all make wines that match al fresco grilling, with South Africa’s The Wolftrap…

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