Behind the Still: Lynne and Pierre of Ironworks Distillery


Mark DeWolf Lynne Mackay and Pierre Guevremont’s Lunenburg-based Distillery ushered in a modern era of craft distilling in Nova Scotia since it opened in 2010 in a converted old blacksmith’s shop. Their committed approach to creating spirits based on the highest quality standards has won them admiration and accolades, from near and far. Occasions: Can…

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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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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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Summer Hosting with Savoir Faire


You might say that with CÎROC, you can host any affair with a little French savoir faire. This premium but malleable spirit is made from French grapes; a process inspired by over a century of wine-making expertise and craftsmanship. The grapes are specially selected for harvest and made into a wine, which is distilled four…

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Crafting Summer Cocktails with Ketel One


Mark DeWolf | Cocktail Confidential The current cocktail trend is highly focused on using fresh ingredients. While many bartenders reach for brown spirits, classic, well-made vodkas such as Nolet Ketel One continue to be an important part of any mixologist’s repertoire. Ketel One Vodka, which is made from selected European wheat, remains an exceptional product,…

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Crafting a Taste of Summer with Jameson summer cocktails


Traditionally, summer cocktails have relied heavily on neutral base spirits such as vodka and white rum, and sweetened mixes. But as cocktail culture evolves across the country, and specifically in Nova Scotia, the stereotypical summer “blender” cocktail is often being replaced with brighter, fresher, more authentic flavours, often made with spirits that haven’t been traditionally…

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