On the Side of Local

IMG_0038 + GradInvite 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 syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of Terra Beata Cranberry Juice in a pot. Bring to a boil. When the sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Add 1/2 cup of loosely packed basil leaves and let steep for 1 hour. Strain through a fine sieve or coffee filter. Fill ice cube tray with cranberry and basil syrup. Freeze overnight.

2. Big 8 Soda
It’s local! Sobeys has been making soda under the Big 8 brand here in Nova Scotia for almost 30 years.

3. Wild Blueberry and Mint Ice Cubes
Make a wild blueberry and mint simple syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of Van Dyk’s Wild Blueberry Juice and 1/2 cup of water in a pot. Bring to a boil. When the sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Add 1/2 cup of loosely packed mint and let steep for 1 hour. Strain through a fine sieve or coffee filter. Fill ice cube tray with wild blueberry and mint syrup. Freeze overnight.

4. Smirnoff Vodka
As part of the NSLC’s Adopt-A-Stream program, Smirnoff Vodka will make a donation from every bottle sold to support the initiative. Additionally, they will provide a discount to the consumer to encourage extra support from the community. Smirnoff, and all participating suppliers, thanks for being on the side of local. The program runs from March 30 to May

5. Nova Scotian Haskap and Rosemary Ice Cubes
Start by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of haskap juice and 1/2 cup of water in a pot. Bring to a boil. When the sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Add 5 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for 1 hour. Strain through a fi ne sieve or coffee filter. Fill ice cube tray with haskap and rosemary syrup. Freeze overnight.

Ice Wine Revisited
Don’t pour out an unfinished bottle of wine. Pour any leftovers into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, place the ice cubes in freezer bags. When a recipe calls for wine, you don’t have to open a bottle — open your freezer.

Serve Local on the Side
Did you know that when you purchase products in our Adopt-A-Stream program, you’re helping restore rivers and streams in your community? Each year, the NSLC and its supplier partners support the AdoptA-Stream program, an environmental partnership with the Nova Scotia Salmon Association aimed at improving water quality in local rivers, lakes and streams. Support local by purchasing spirits from participating vendors. Why not add a little more local support by combining these spirits with a sidecar of locally produced mix? Try Bacardi Superior Rum mixed with Propeller Brewing Company Ginger Beer. How about Crown Royal Whisky or Wiser’s Deluxe Whisky mixed with a locally made soda? Absolut Vodka mixed with local cranberry juice anyone?

Occasions Recommends:
Crown Royal Whisky
Wiser’s Deluxe Whisky
Absolut Vodka
Bacardi Superior Rum

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