Cocktails
Timeless classic!

Timeless classic!

To help celebrate the holidays, here are three classic cocktail recipes that have stood the test of time. Irresistibly delicious, they’re sure to add some pizzazz to all your festive parties, big or small!

Cranberry crush

Not only is their rich and festive colour pleasing to look at, but their tart flavour also makes them a welcome addition to any cocktail. Feeling adventurous? Try crafting your own cranberry juice: cook the berries in sugar and water, then simply strain through a sieve. Pop your mixture into the fridge to cool and voilà — your very own homemade cranberry juice! For a proudly Canadian cocktail, add a splash of Bold vodka to your glass.

 

Vodka cranberry

1 drink 

Ingredients
45 ml (1 1/2 oz) vodka
120 ml (4 oz) red cranberry juice
Ice cubes
1 lime wedge

Directions
Combine all the ingredients, except for the lime wedge, in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Using an ice strainer, strain into a highball glass containing a few ice cubes. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Garnishing 101

Get creative when it comes to garnishing your cocktails! Rim your glass with a touch of lemon juice, then gently dip it in coloured candy powder or coconut flakes. For “frosted” cranberries, simply drop them in your glass while they’re still frozen.

Bold Vodka

$24.10

Bold Vodka

Vodka750 mlCanada
Bold Vodka

Bold Vodka

$24.10

Vodka750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13692966

 

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A good choice of rum

Havana Club Añejo is the result of a three-year aging period in white oak barrels. This process gives it hints of vanilla, caramelized pear, banana and a hint of smoky oak, which lead to a pleasant finish.

Crushed ice

Here’s a great way to keep your cocktail cool, and make it easier (and more enjoyable!) to drink. Crushed iced acts as a filter for the mint leaves infusing your mojito, so you don’t end up with a mouthful of greens! Crushing your ice is simple: Wrap ice in a clean dishtowel and gently smash with a pestle or rolling pin.

Holiday Mojito

1 drink 

Ingredients
45 mL (1 1/2 oz) rum
60 mL (2 oz) club soda
10 mL (2 tsp) sugar
12 leaves fresh mint
6 raspberries
1/2 lime, cut into slices
Ice cubes
1 sprig fresh mint

Directions
Squeeze the half-lime into a highball glass and place in the glass. Add the mint leaves and 5 raspberries, and crush using a muddler. Add the sugar, ice cubes and rum. Top up with the club soda. Stir using a mixing spoon. Garnish with lime slices, a raspberry and a sprig of mint.

Decor ideas

For a frosted look, dust fresh raspberries with icing sugar.

Havana Club Añejo 3 Años

$25.25

Havana Club Añejo 3 Años

White rum750 mlCuba
Havana Club Añejo 3 Años

Havana Club Añejo 3 Años

$25.25

White rum750 mlCubaSAQ code : 12275124

 

Gin-licious

For a more fragrant cocktail, try using an aromatic spirit such as gin. This one is made with juniper (the core ingredient), coriander, angelica root and liquorice. Produced in Montréal, Portage is a made-in-Quebec gin that’s sure to become your next coup de cœur!

The tradition of bitters

Aperitifs such as Campari, Aperol and Suze are made with bitter plants (like gentian) known for stimulating the appetite. They add a wonderfully spicy note to cocktails and pair beautifully with gin.

 

Negroni

1 drink

Ingredients
30 mL (1 oz) dry gin
30 mL (1 oz) bitter liqueur (like Campari)
30 mL (1 oz) red vermouth
Ice cubes
1/2 orange slice or lemon zest

Directions
Combine all the ingredients, except for the orange slice, in an old-fashioned glass containing a few ice cubes. Stir using a mixing spoon. Garnish with the orange slice.

Portage Dry Gin

$45.00

Portage Dry Gin

Dry gin750 mlCanada
Portage Dry Gin

Portage Dry Gin

$45.00

Dry gin750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13638151

 

 

Photos: David De Stefano

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