INSPIRED BY CARAMEL

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By Jenner Cormier There is something comforting and heartwarming about the smell of caramel. Whether it immediately brings back memories of your grandmother’s kitchen or, if you are like me, provides an instant flashback of a cooperage in the Southern United States, where the aroma of freshly toasted white oak toys with your senses. Who…

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…AND A BOTTLE OF RUM

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By Jenner Cormier Photos By Scotty Sherin Rum is an incredibly versatile spirit produced in many different ways, giving rise to beautifully unique flavours and strengths. Rum production revolves around stylistic traditions that vary between origin and the distillers instead of production methods, common in other spirit categories. Not to downplay or overlook the incredible…

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CRUSH ON LOCAL

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By Jenner Cormier We are quickly approaching the season where fresh vegetables and fruit are becoming abundant. Adding fresh ingredients from your garden shouldn’t have to be a scary venture when it comes to making cocktails at home. There are a few different ways of incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into cocktails — syrups, shrubs, bitters, infusions or…

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FACT OR COCKTAIL? The history of the Negroni

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The Negroni, along with the Manhattan and Old Fashioned, has become the “it” cocktail of this century, but the allure of the brightly hued mixed drink dates back close to a century. 1919 The origins of the cocktail are found at Caffè Casoni (now Caffè Giacosa) in Florence. It has been said that Conte (Count)…

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INSPIRED BY VANILLA

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The Truth About Vanilla Vanilla is one of the most luxurious and expensive ingredients in any baker’s pantry. It comes in a variety of forms, ranging from pure to imitation. Everyone should know that vanilla isn’t colourless. When you see little specks of brown in ice cream, it’s a solid hint it was made with real vanilla beans. Real vanilla equals more…

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Barrel-aged

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A guide to cocktails made from cask matured spirits We haven’t yet reached the stage of barrel aging cocktails, as our cocktail culture remains rooted in tradition. But as our drink scene evolves, basic spirits are being replaced with premium barrel-aged versions. The enhanced flavour acquired by these spirits aged in cask lends additional nuances of flavour to the…

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Savoury sips: A Field Guide to Mixing with Herbs

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Field Guide, in Halifax’s North End, is not just a place to grab a drink, it’s a cocktail experience, where each ingredient has been carefully thought out, drawing on both the history of bartending and new trends. Owners Ceilidh Sutherland and Dan Vorsterman have created a neighbourhood space where their small, inspired staff can express…

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Inspired by Cranberries

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During the holiday season, anything red and green is most definitely in vogue — clothes, decorations, food and certainly cocktails! Cranberries are the ideal candidate as the official berry of the holiday season. Besides meeting the colour standard, cranberries offer a refreshing, bitter flavour — a quality used in a lot of beverages during the…

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