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Wintery whisky cocktails for your holiday gathering

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When your G & T desires have flown south, it’s great to know there is a bevy of winter-inspired cocktails to warm your souls. Keep the vodka and gin in the liquor cabinet and bring out the whisky. The rich, often spicy notes of a good whisky make the perfect base for seasonally inspired drinks.

Christmas Sour

Sours are most often enjoyed during the spring and summer months but the addition of cranberry juice transforms this classic into a seasonal appropriate drink.

  • 1 1/2 fl oz Glenora Fiddler’s Choice Whisky
  • 1 fl oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 fl oz cranberry juice
  • 3/4 fl oz lime juice
  • 1/2 fl oz egg white
  • Fresh rosemary

Directions: Add all ingredients, except fresh rosemary, to an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously 10 to 12 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

It’s Snowy Outside

Our locally inspired little riff on a toddy with River John’s Caldera Hurricane 5 Years Old Blended Whisky adding spice and depth while the Amaretto and honey syrup provide a soothing sweetness.

  • 1 fl oz Caldera Hurricane 5 Years Old Blended Whisky
  • 1/2 fl oz Amaretto
  • 3/4 fl oz honey syrup*
  • Strong tea*

Directions: Place whiskey, liqueur and honey syrup in a heated specialty coffee mug. Top with chamomile tea, leaving a 3/4-inch space at the top of the mug. Finish with whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkle of crushed macadamia nuts.

*Combine equal amounts honey and water in a pot. Bring to a boil. When honey dissolves, remove from heat.

Christmas in Guysboroug

Sometimes holiday classics are classics for a reason. We aren’t changing a good thing here as this is essence a Manhattan substituting Glynnevan Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky for Bourbon.

  • 1 ½ fl oz Glynnevan Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky
  • 3/4 fl oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 to 2 dashes bitters
  • Orange peel, for garnish

Directions: Place whisky, sweet vermouth and bitters in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 to 12 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel expressed over drink.

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