8 Manitoba-inspired tipples sure to get you through the holiday season
November 28, 2022
| Author Jillian Recksiedler
'Tis the season for celebrations!
We dreamed up eight locally inspired tipples (all featuring Manitoba distilleries or breweries) that will make all your holiday celebrations extra special with that local touch!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Canada's Heart Beat
Looking on the Bright Cide(r) of 2020, enjoy this Dead 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.
Hi, I'm Jillian, a marketer, communicator, traveller and Manitoba flag waver. Growing up in rural Manitoba during the '80s means I have a penchant for daytrips, maps (the paper kind), and prairie sunsets. I never tire of sharing stories about my home.