8 Manitoba-inspired tipples sure to get you through the holiday season

Posted January 04, 2021 | Author Jillian Recksiedler

Let's face it - we can all use a stiff drink right now. 2020 has been an emotional rollercoaster and many of us can't wait for the year to end so we can usher in positive vibes for 2021.

For Manitobans, celebrating the holiday season is going to look quite a bit different this year, so we dreamed up eight locally inspired tipples (all featuring Manitoba distilleries or breweries) that will help you get through the next couple of weeks...and maybe even the winter.

Noggin Toboggan Ride

This creamy seasonal favourite is kicked up a notch with two shots of Crown Royal's award-winning Northern Harvest Rye, which any proud Manitoban knows is distilled in Gimli using thousands of gallons of our fresh water and thousands of bushels of our rye, barley and corn. Note: we recommend enjoying this egg nog after tobogganing, not before.

Noggin Toboggan Ride Manitoba Cocktail

Boreal Forest Fog

Locals in the know all have a bottle of Patent 5 Distillery's Elletaria Spiced Gin on their wish list this holiday season. We recommend using it in a classic Foghorn cocktail recipe - close your eyes, sip away, and imagine you've escaped to a cabin in the middle of Manitoba's boreal forest.

Boreal Forest Fog Manitoba Cocktail

The Golden Boy

This iconic statue that stands atop the Manitoba Legislative Building and watches over Winnipeg is incarnated in this fruity beer cocktail featuring the flagship beer 1919 of Little Brown Jug. Sure, this bevy may have a bit more of a cheerful, summery vibe...but who doesn't need some sunshine in winter? Especially this year.

The Golden Boy Manitoba Cocktail

Warm Me Up, WinterPeg!

Our capital city's cool moniker is the perfect reason (and season) to get innovative with Shrugging Doctor Beverage Company's sweet Mead. Mead is fermented honey, and with the Canadian Prairies being a key honey producer, we figured enlisting the Dr.'s sweet nectar could be just the cure needed for 2020.

Warm Me Up WinterPeg! Manitoba Cocktail

Little Latte on the Prairie

After a day spent outdoors with the howling north wind whipping across the prairie, warm up with this latte featuring Capital K Distillery's Tall Grass white rhumb (named so because a spirit needs to be aged for over a year to technically be called 'rum') and festive beans from local roaster Dogwood Coffee Co.

Little Latte on the Prairie Manitoba Cocktail

The Sour Curler

Pucker up, Santa! We're not talking about mistletoe but Baltic Brothers' Sour Cherry Bomba, an infused vodka that's guaranteed to bring some holiday cheer. The ruby red spirit is a festive addition to your mini bar and also a great gift idea. Hurry hard to your local LC to snag a bottle and serve it on ice. (Tasting note: the nostalgic flavour harkens memories of Baba and her Nutty Club cherry juice syrup).

The Sour Curler Manitoba Cocktail

Oh, Honey Dill!

We can't take credit for this beguiling beer cocktail named after the beloved condiment that's commonly found in fridges across Manitoba (and no other Canadian province). Capital K Distillery, the makers of Tall Grass Dill Pickle vodka, dreamed up this one, and we just thought the recipe was too Manitoban not to share. We searched high and low for a honey beer from a local brewery and found it in the Exchange District at Nonsuch Brewing Co.

Oh, Honey Dill! Manitoba Cocktail

Canada's Heart Beat

Looking on the Bright Cide(r) of 2020, enjoy thisDead Horse Cider Co. martini while pondering a couple things we should be thankful for: a beautiful province to call home and a generous community spirit that loves to support local. Let's toast to that.

Canada`s Heart Beat Manitoba Cocktail

For more locally themed cocktail recipes, check out Travel Manitoba's original post "6 Manitoba cocktails sure to warm you up this winter." Please enjoy all cocktails responsibly.

Jillian Recksiedler, Travel Manitoba

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Hi, I'm Jillian, a marketer, communicator, traveller and Manitoba flag waver. Growing up rurally during the '80s means I have a penchant for daytrips, maps (the paper kind), and prairie sunsets. I never tire of exploring and sharing stories about my home.

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