Beer-based cocktails may seem surprising to you, but they’re currently all the rage. Refreshing and bubbly, everyone from seasoned mixologists to boozy beginners are adding brewskis to their drinks. In celebration of All Hallows’ Eve, try the Vampire, a bloody good drink made with black ale and a dash of cranberry juice. This is one that’s sure to have your guests screaming for seconds!
A bit of bourbon with that?
Bourbon Lemonade is, without a doubt, the most popular bourbon-based cocktail. However, this golden elixir makes a great addition to a wide variety of drinks. Made from a mash containing at least 51% corn, bourbon exudes roasted notes of vanilla, adding a bit of depth to cocktails.
In a highball glass filled with ice, pour the whiskey and cranberry juice. Slowly pour the beer over the whiskey mixture, creating a layered cocktail. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.
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Halloween is the perfect occasion to wow guests! Festive decorations, original snacks and creative cocktails: Just a few ingredients suffice to set the right scene. Start the evening off by serving our version of the martini, replacing vermouth with herb liqueur – a witch’s potion sure to cast a spell over the entire room!
North coast gin
Gin is becoming increasingly popular across La Belle Province, and local artisans are more than happy to offer an appealing array of made-in-Quebec gins. One such example is Distillerie Puyjalon, located in Havre-Saint-Pierre. Their gin, made with aromatics from the Minganie region, boasts saline, floral and fruity notes, bringing together the aromas and flavours of the local terroir.
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, herb liqueur and cranberry juice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
With environmental trends on the rise, homemade liqueurs, syrups and purées are more popular than ever. To avoid waste, recycle parts of fruits and vegetables you would normally throw away. Cocktails are a great way to use whatever you have in your kitchen. Not sure what to do with your leftover jack-o’-lanterns other than the traditional pumpkin pie? Add pumpkin purée to this autumn cocktail for a creamy rich texture and the perfect balance to sweet apricot liqueur. This pumpkin potion is sure to be a hit!
A timeless classic
According to tradition, a Screwdriver is made with vodka and orange juice. (Gin may be on the rise, but vodka remains the most consumed spirit on the planet.) However, there are multiple versions of this timeless classic: Make it with whisky, tequila, or peach liqueur, or try our version featuring apricot liqueur and apple juice.
30 mL (1 oz) vodka
15 mL (1/2 oz) apricot liqueur
45 mL (1 1/2 oz) apple juice
30 mL (1 oz) pumpkin purée (homemade or store-bought)
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon
In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except for the candy. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with your favourite candy.
Photos: David De Stefano