THE CREAM RISES TO THE TOP

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For many of us, our favourite cream liqueurs are as much a part of the holiday celebrations as roast turkey dinner. While you can enjoy cream liqueurs neat or over ice, they also make wonderful additions to coffee or seasonal cocktails. Forty Creek Cream Liqueur Egg Nog 1 egg yolk It’s not eggnog unless it’s…

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THE MALT MASTERS

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Vodka and gin have enjoyed their share of the cocktail limelight over the last 20 years, but now bartenders and cocktail aficionados are looking to the origins of cocktail culture for inspiration. Many of North America’s first cocktail recipes included whisky, as for much of the 19th and early 20th century, it was the most…

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SHRUBS: A Sweet ‘N Sour Classic

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There are a couple of classic rules for summer entertaining: keep it simple and keep it refreshing. Enter Shrubs. Shrubs are sweet, yet tangy, syrups that combine fruit, sugar and an acid, often in the form of vinegar or citrus juice. They can be prepared in advance of a party, kept in the fridge and…

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HOME-GROWN AWARD-WINNING SPIRITS AND LIQUEURS

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When it comes to international awards, Nova Scotia’s locally produced distillates are garnering their fair share. The small but growing industry is just starting to be noticed in our home province, but around the globe, many of our spirits and liqueurs are winning gold medals at internationally recognized competitions for the liquid in the bottle. Ironworks Bluenose Black Rum…

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LIFE IN RED

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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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MAKE ME A COCKTAIL THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

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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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On the Side of Local

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Invite guests to place an ounce of vodka in a glass and top with their preferred ice cube flavour. Fill glasses with soda and allow the flavours of the melting ice to infuse into the drink over time. It’s fun and encourages moderation. 1. Cranberry and Basil Ice Cubes Make a cranberry and basil simple…

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Oatmeal Cookie Coffee

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This issue we’ve transformed the comforting flavours of oatmeal cookies and fresh local roasted coffee into a spectacular cocktail. Each ingredient plays a vital role to the flavour profile of the cocktail. Put all our ingredients together for a great winter cocktail. Demerara Brown Sugar – Demerara brown sugar adds a subtle sweetness to your…

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