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Marcella DiLonardo's butter-pecan old fashioned

Level Up Your Next Old Fashioned With This Butter Pecan-Infused Simple Syrup

A butter pecan twist on a classic old fashioned? Yes please! This is the perfect  That’s the Spirit winter cocktail to enjoy after an afternoon spent in the snow or on the ski hills. This bourbon based drink features a homemade pecan-infused simple syrup that even includes a touch of real butter. The addition of the butter is what really gives this syrup that rich, creamy and familiar flavour of butter pecan ice cream. But, don’t discard those pecans when you are done making the syrup. Enjoy them over a scoop of vanilla ice cream as an added treat. Lastly, this versatile syrup tastes amazing in espresso too!

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Marcella DiLonardo's butter pecan old fashioned

Butter Pecan Old Fashioned

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients:

For the simple syrup:
½ cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the old fashioned:
2 oz quality bourbon
½ oz buttered pecan syrup, or to taste
2 orange peels, divided
½ oz water
3 dashes bitters

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Marcella DiLonardo's butter pecan old fashioned

Directions:

1. For the simple syrup, in a saucepan over medium heat whisk together the water, sugar and pecans. Bring to a gentle simmer and continue stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Butter pecan simple syrup
2. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes before straining. Set aside at room temperature until ready to use.

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Strainer with pecans

3. To build the old fashioned, add the simple syrup, bitters and one orange peel to a rocks glass. Muddle to release the flavours of the orange.

Hands muddling an orange peel

4. Fill glass with large ice cubes followed by the bourbon and water. Stir to combine. Garnish with remaining orange peel and enjoy!

Overhead shot of Marcella DiLonardo's butter pecan old fashioned

Related: Like Marcella’s butter pecan old fashioned? Try her gingerbread martini

Seedlip's Cosnopolitan

Celebrate Dry January With This Quick and Easy No-Alcohol CosNoPolitan

Whether you’re going low-alc or full-on embracing Dry January (and beyond), this tasty, quick and easy cocktail will add occasion to any moment. Best part? You can enjoy it anytime, because it’s hangover-free.  

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Seedlip

Seedlip’s Quick and Easy CosNoPolitan:

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients: 

For the simple syrup:
½ cup sugar
½ cup water

For the CosNoPolitan:
2 oz non-alcoholic vodka alternative or an non-alcoholic spirit such as Seedlip Grove 42
1 oz cranberry juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
Orange peel for garnish

Related: Stock Your Dry January Bar with These Standout Non-Alcoholic Alternatives

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add water and sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring with a whisk until all the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. To build the cocktail, add to a shaker filled with the simple syrup, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and non-alcoholic spirit of choice.

3. Shake until you hear the ice change pitch, to a lighter clinking sound, and strain into a coupe glass.

4. Garnish with an orange peel and enjoy!

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Best non-alcoholic alternatives

Stock Your Dry January Bar with These Standout Non-Alcoholic Alternatives

Going low-alcohol or alcohol-free this Dry January? Fear not, we are far beyond the sugary “mocktail” alternatives of yesteryear and gone are the days where non-drinkers were forced to miss out on the social component of clinking cocktails. 

Today’s low-alcohol, non-alcohol and alcohol-free industries have evolved and the space is full of innovative craft spirits that introduce the much-needed complexity familiar to craft cocktails aficionados, the world over. Make room on your bar cart: here is the ultimate guide to the best tried and tested craft alcohol alternatives available in Canada. 

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Seedlip's fleet of non-alcoholic spirits

Seedlip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Sprits

Seedlip entered the non-alcoholic scene four years ago, but its origin story stretches much further back. It starts in 1651 to be exact, which is when physician, John French, published The Art of Distillation, documenting his non-alcoholic recipes. It is also the time period when the founder Ben Branson’s own predecessors in Lincolnshire started farming, hand-sowing seeds using baskets called seedlips – the brand’s namesake. Spending two years to tinker and perfect Seedlip’s award-winning distillates, Benson eventually launched three original non-alcoholic spirits, each with their unique flavour profile: The herbaceous Garden 108, the aromatic Spice 94, and the newest citrus-forward Grove 42. What sets Seedlip apart is that it isn’t outright emulating any of the traditional spirits (such as rum, gin or vodka). It is instead introducing an original non-alcoholic spirit to compliment a whole new range of cocktails (so much so that Seedlip published its own cocktail recipe book, titled The Seedlip Cocktail Book). You can also download a free ebook Seedlip Recipes at Home, full of recipes as well here

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Lyre's London Dry Spirit

 

Lyre’s Impossibly Crafted Non-Alcoholic Spirits

If you have particular favourites when it comes to traditional spirits, Lyre’s offers the greatest range of award-winning non-alcoholic expressions that pay homage to popular and time-tested boozy classics. Practically any traditional cocktail can be recreated with Lyre’s fleet of distillates. From absinthe– and amaretto-style spirits to coffee liquor– to triple sec– and vermouth-like options, Lyre’s selection is impressive (13 in total), and the folks behind the brand have clearly done their homework; even the alternatives to rum come in varieties of White, Dark or Spiced Cane style. The Australian brand’s cheeky branding will introduce a level of levity to the occasion, ensuring “everyone can enjoy the mirth and merriment of a soiree or shindig,” whether they are expecting, are a designated driver, or are choosing to go low-alcohol or to forego alcohol altogether for some other reason. Its “Seize the night, embrace the day” motto will keep you functional the morning after, and there are no artificial colours, even though its options are  doppelgangers to their inspirations (see Lyre’s Malt take on bourbon). 

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Lumett's non-alcoholic beverages

Lumette!

Aiming to illuminate your drinking experience, British Columbia’s Lumette! was born out of desire to combine a love of natural ingredients with cocktail culture. The delightful result is a  trio of distilled alt-spirits named London Dry, Bright Light and Lumrum. They are handcrafted using a bounty of premium botanicals and traditional distilling methods, and yield delicious renderings that are great additions to low- or zero-proof cocktails. Bright Light brings forth notes of juniper, citrus, rose, mint, cucumber and grand fir. Lumrum on the other hand hits warmer aromas of molasses, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. With London Dry you’ll get juniper, and a citrus forward burst of flavour. 

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Sobrii 0-Gin and 0-Tequila against a copper still and bar tools

Sobrii Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Another Canadian favourite on this list, Sobrii was started in 2017 by Bob Huitema as he pursuit a great-tasting cocktail that didn’t contain alcohol. Growing up on a farm near Stratford, Ontario, Huitema brought his experiences in the food and beverage industries in pursuit of Canada’s first non-alcoholic gin. The result was Sobrii 0-Gin, and soon after Sobrii 0-Tequila followed. Huitema achieved this using natural botanical distillates and extracts with no sugar, no sweeteners and no artificial flavours. It’s “0 calories, 0 sugar, 0 hangover.” The former folds in juniper berry, coriander, all spice, star anise, Canadian ginseng while the latter echoes the familiar taste and heat of tequila by infusing agave with spicy jalapeno, hot blackpepper, savoury coriander and Canadian ginseng

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CEDER'S Distilled Non-Alcoholic

CEDER’S Distilled Non-Alcoholic

Evoking the sense of “everyday escape,” CEDER’S is meticulously created in Sweden with rare botanicals found in the Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. Aimed at being “perfect for those times when you want to opt out without feeling left out,” the brand has won awards with its four options titled Classic, Pink Rose, Wild and Crisp. Classic centres on juniper and is fresh and forward, Pink Rose includes rose and hibiscus and is a beautiful addition to any cocktail glass visually, Wild will expand your horizons with rooibos and buchu flavour, and Crisp is refreshing – crediting pristine Swedish water in its list of ingredients. 

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FLUÈRE Drinks in Raspberry Blend

FLUÈRE Drinks

Latin for “flow”, FLUÈRE (pronounced flew-air) seeks to bring cocktail aficionados the experience of drinking alcohol without the alcohol. It does so with its four original blends: Original Blend (Gin), Raspberry Blend (Pink Gin), Smoked Agave (Mezcal) and Spiced Cane (Rum). The brand is inspired by the Romans, as they travelled and experimented with herbs, spices, and botanicals that they picked up along the way. FLUÈRE distills all botanicals individually in a copper pot using hydrosteam distillation, promising to get the very best out of each branch, leaf and berry.  For example, the ingredients the brand lists feature coriander seeds from Casablanca, the best juniper berries from the Himalayas, lavender from Provence, and lemon peel from the Mediterranean. The Spiced Cane blend Hints of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, liquorice, tonka beans and toffee, with a touch of sugar cane and molasses, evoking fine Caribbean rum. It is warm, complex, and full of character. The Original Blend has a unique afterbite and lists juniper and lime peel to give a bright and fresh character, while lavender and coriander add a satisfying herbal finish. The Raspberry Blend boast complex yet balanced taste, including fresh distilled raspberries, adding smoothness and slight sweetness to the nose. The brand also offers a 5 per cent pledge back for ocean cleaning projects.

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HP Juniper

HP Juniper

Proudly made in Quebec, award-winning HP Juniper is the province’s first-ever non-alcoholic spirit brand. Patrick Cool and Valérian Roy created the non-alcoholic gin-focused line out of a fierce passion for this classic spirit. The award-winning creations come in Classic Gin and Floral Gin variety and tap into the duo’s existing expertise in the beverage industry space (in 2017 they also launched the world’s first Gin Ale – a beer brewed gin-style). Distilled in a copper still, the sugar-free spirits are made with gin aromatics such as juniper berries, as well as yuzu lemons, organic cucumbers, cinnamon, lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, and coriander seeds. Its Floral Gin blend uses rose, hibiscus, eucalyptus, cucumber flowers, and juniper berries.

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ROOTS Divino with a mixologist in the background preparing a cocktail

ROOTS Divino

Craft aperitif from Greece, ROOTS Divino is a non-alcoholic vermouth based on wine and focused on reviving age-old recipes “using earthy and elemental flavours.” The brand was started by two brothers in 2013, whose own family tradition of distilling spirits goes as far back as 1850. Fast-forward to 2022, and ROOTS Divino now includes zero-proof craft aperitifs with a story to tell. Absinthe wine (vinum absinthium) or vermouth as we call it today, got its origins in ancient Greece with Hippocrates back around 400 BCE, when the father of medicine fortified and infused wine with wormwood and other botanicals such as artemisia (absinthe) for more medicinal purposes. ROOTS Divino leans into the typical vermouth maceration process before diluting the result, while maintaining the “heart” of the blend, with its distinct aromas and flavours. Its Aperatif Blanco is fresh and sour with rosemary, thyme and wormwood, while Aperitif Rosso is bittersweet with notes of bitter orange, gentian and wormwood.  

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Stryyk Vodka Bottle alongisde a fig and a fig martini

Stryyk

Rolling out in 2018, Stryyk’s NOT G*N, and NOT R*M were created to not only mimic but rival their alcoholic counterparts. And they come deceptively close. They are the brainchild of Alex Carlton, bar world vet with more than two decades of experience tinkering in the beverage world. And he wasn’t alone. The process was carefully finessed under the watchful tutelage of some of the UK’s most renown bartenders, and soon after NOT V*DKA joined the lineup. Adding to the fleet of available spirits geared at health-conscious hedonists, Stryyk macerates botanicals with ethanol and water before passing the solution through a moderised steam distillation process. They then blend, filter and cut back the resulting spirits so they are under 0.5 Alcohol By Volume (ABV). The spirits are ultra low in calories, carbs, have no sugars, or artificial flavours.

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Fleet of Sexy AF Spirits

Sexy AF Spirits

Award-winning, Sexy AF Spirits is Alberta’s first non-alcohol, plant-based spirit. Founded by Jo-Anne Reynolds following a girls’ trip where she was underwhelmed by the options available to those who opted not to drink, she sought to fill the void. Reynolds wanted a solution that was 100 per cent alcohol-free, sugar-free, was natural, and that tasted great in cocktails. Sexy AF Spirits achieved its goal by infusing botanical extracts into the end product, making each blend 33 per cent of botanicals by volume. This makes Sexy AF Spirits the strongest entirely alcohol-free spirit available in the market. The results have won Global-Plant Based Certified Sexy AF multiple double-gold awards. Sexy AF features six varieties: Spiced Yum, ViirGiin, AperTease, Triple Sexy, Amar-oh, and Friski Whiski. Of these six, the last four have won San Francisco World Spirit Competition Double Gold awards.

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Tuscan Tree Non-Alcoholic Aperativo Spirit

Tuscan Tree Non-Alcoholic Aperativo Spirit

Made in the style of a classic Italian aperitif, UK’s Tuscan Tree’s non-alcoholic aperativo spirit is made using a traditional copper pot still to produce individual distillates. These are then removed before blending and bottling. Tuscan Tree makes Tuscan Blood Orange aperitif and you can find it through Club Zero in Canada. It includes juniper peel and berry, cardamom, pimento, cascarila bark, gentian, rhubarb root and more. It’s flavour combination is ideal for an Italian spritz, non-alcoholic negroni, or simply paired with tonic water.

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Silver Swallow

Silver Swallow

Created by two Ottawa entrepreneurs, Silver Swallow is the first non-alcoholic (with 0.5 per cent alcohol) champagne-inspired premium kombucha on the market in Canada. The brand gets its name from the rare organic white tea it uses, which is hand-picked in Yunnan, China. Available in Ontario and Quebec, the luxury kombucha is meticulously brewed in Canada. The beverage stands up to sparkling wine at any special occasion, and is light and well-balanced with a delightful, complex finish. You’ll taste notes of clover, wildflowers, honey and tropical fruit (it pairs well with fruit, seafood and cheese).

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Acid League Proxies Holiday Pack

Acid League Proxies

While Ontario-based Acid League was created by food scientists to offer a wide range of living vinegar-based products to foodies, its Proxies line of limited-edition non-alcoholic wines deserves a spot on this list. Many non-alcoholic wines can be a big, disappointing miss, but Proxies eschew this trend and reinvigorate the idea of non-alcoholic wines. Complex and interesting, you will enjoy them on their own merit. Its range layers blends of juices, teas, spices, bitters and more. There are plenty of options to choose from, but its Holiday Proxies set features a seasonal triumvirate of festive options: Fruitcake, Linger and Truffle. The latter actually folds in the prized Alba white truffles to evoke the finish of aged red wines. It’s fruity and fresh and will keep you exploring its combination of earthy-fruity layers, sip after sip. Linger is a dark rosé inspired by classic holiday cranberry sauce, while Fruitcake combines dried fruit and baking spices in a bright Riesling with pineapple, and orange zest.

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TÖST Sparkling White Tea on a table with people gathered in the background

TÖST

TÖST was created to offer delicious-tasting beverages that can be enjoyed at any time, anywhere, and by everyone. Whether used as mixers, or enjoyed on their own, they are refreshing, light, delivering a sense of elegance to any occasion. Choose from TÖST’s Sparkling White Tea (cranberry and ginger) and Rosé (ginger and elderberry), both of which are dry (not too sweet), sparkling, sophisticated and have an engaging aroma. 

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Fever-Tree Mixers

Fever-Tree Mixers

If you like your cocktails, you know mixers matter. Fever-Tree offers a fleet of premium and diverse mixers that are not only incredibly nuanced and flavourful, but also ramp up the complexity of any cocktails you create using the spirits noted above. In Canada, you can choose from 16 flavours (and spare yourself by not checking out what’s available elsewhere because you’ll instantly want to try the other flavours too). Locally, you can choose from Premium Tonic Water, Refreshingly Light Tonight Water, Refreshingly Light Cucumber Tonic Water, Elderflower Tonic Water, Mediterranean Tonic Water, Aromatic Tonic Water, Lemon Tonic, Premium Ginger Ale, Refreshingly Light Ginger Ale, Premium Ginger Beer, Refreshingly Light Ginger Beer, Spiced Orange Ginger Ale, Smoky Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade and Sparkling Pink Grapefruit (you can find out more about Fever-Tree’s Canadian offerings here). Pair these with your alt-gins for a classic Gin and Tonic, a zero-proof vodka for a martini, or a Moscow mule and so much more. 

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Non-alcoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas cocktail against a Christmas tree backdrop

Not Drinking This Holiday? Try This Alcohol-Free Ginger-Rosemary Christmas Cocktail

Whether you’re going alcohol-free, are sober-curious, or soberish over the holidays, this aromatic non-alcoholic spritz cocktail is the perfect sip. The zero-proof cocktail brings fresh seasonal and herbal aromas of rosemary, white cranberry and ginger, without compromising on the complexity of traditional boozy cocktails. 

It’s a light, refreshing drink you’ll want to sip all night long for any festive occasion this December. No alcohol (or hangover) required. 

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Non-alcoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas cocktail against a Christmas tree backdrop

Alcohol-Free Ginger-Rosemary Christmas Cocktail

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1  hour
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

For the ginger-infused water:
2½ inch ginger root
2 cups water

For the rosemary simple syrup:
2-3 rosemary sprigs
½ cup sugar
½ cup water

For the Christmas cocktail:
1 lime
2 oz rosemary simple syrup or to taste
6 oz ginger-infused water
6 oz white cranberry juice
Splash of soda
Handful pomegranate arils
1 rosemary sprig

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Non-alcoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas cocktail ingredients

Directions:

1. For the ginger-infused water, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add 2 cups of water. 

2. In the meantime, grate or peel ginger using the back of a teaspoon or a pairing knife, chopping it into small cubes. When the water is about to simmer, add in the ginger. 

Non-acoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas Cocktail ginger-infused water

3. Leave water and ginger to gently simmer, until it reduces to half its volume, about 15-20 minutes. 

4. Strain the ginger water into a glass or small mason jar, and set aside, leaving to chill in the fridge for about an hour before preparing your cocktail.

Note: if you have a carbonator device, we recommend you can also carbonate the ginger water, for extra fizz.

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5. For the rosemary simple syrup, coarsely chop 2-3 sprigs of rosemary. 

Non-alcoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas cocktail rosemary simple syrup

6. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add water, ½ cup sugar and chopped rosemary.

7. Bring to a simmer, stirring with a whisk until all the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. 

8. Strain using a sieve into a reusable container, leave to cool completely. Cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before making the rest of the cocktail (the simple syrup keeps in the fridge for about two weeks).

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9. To assemble the Christmas cocktail, in a shaker with ice, add juice of 1 lime, 2 ounces of chilled simple syrup, 6 ounces of chilled ginger-infused water, 6 ounces of white high quality cranberry juice. 

Non-alcoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas cocktail featuring lime, lemon squeezer and a tin shaker

10. Shake until the sound of the ice makes a lighter, higher-pitched clinking sound, about 10-15 seconds. 

11. Fill highball glass halfway with ice cubes, and strain shaker mix into it. 

12. Add splash of soda and stir.

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Non-alcoholic ginger-rosemary Christmas cocktail with pomegranate arils

13. To garnish the cocktail, slap a rosemary sprig against the palm of your hand a few times to release aromatic oils. 

14. Add the sprig to the cocktail and top with pomegranate arils. Serve and enjoy. 

Modifications: You can also prepare this as a pitcher drink. Just multiply ingredients by five or more and stir in a pitcher, in place of a shaker. If you’re pressed for time, simply swap out the ginger-infused water with high quality ginger beer, such as Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer. Just be sure to half the sugar in the rosemary simple syrup. For a boozy option, you can also add in spiced rum or vodka.  

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Marcella DiLonardo's gingerbread martini

This Gingerbread Martini is the Perfect Holiday Cocktail

A creamy dessert-style That’s the Spirit martini inspired by my favourite holiday cookie: This gingerbread martini features a vodka spirit base with Irish cream and a homemade gingerbread simple syrup.

The simple syrup will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, making this drink the perfect festive cocktail to enjoy all holiday season long! 

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Marcella DiLonardo

Gingerbread Martini

Prep: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients:

For the simple syrup:

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced

For the martini:

1 ½ oz vodka
1 oz Irish cream liqueur
½ oz coffee liqueur
½ oz gingerbread syrup, or to taste
Gingersnap crumbs, for serving & rimming
Caramel sauce, for serving
Whipped cream, for serving

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Marcella DiLonardo gingerbread martini mise en place

Directions:

1. For the simple syrup, in a saucepan over medium heat add the water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Marcella DiLonardo's gingerbread martini

2. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes before straining.
4. Strain mixture & refrigerate until ready to use.

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5. For the martini, to a cocktail glass filled with ice, add the vodka, Irish cream, coffee liqueur and gingerbread syrup.

Marcella DiLonardo's gingerbread martini

6. Stir until well combined.
7. Rim glass with gingersnap crumbs and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Marcella DiLonardo's gingerbread martini

8. Strain martini mixture into glass.
9. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and additional gingersnap crumbs if desired.

Marcella DiLonardo's gingerbread martini

Like Marcella’s Moscow mule? Try her refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Spritzer

a glass of vegan eggnog with ice and cranberries

This Vegan Eggnog Recipe is So Good It’ll Impress All the Non-Vegans Too

Because it isn’t the holiday season without a cup of boozy eggnog, I’m serving up a vegan twist on this staple winter drink. This version is not only dairy free, it’s gluten- and egg-free too! The eggnog gets its delicious creaminess from canned coconut milk (don’t use the boxed variety) — and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Serve this warm on a snowy day or chilled over ice, whichever you prefer. For a kid-friendly option, just omit the bourbon or rum. Cheers!

Ingredients:

2 14-oz cans full-fat coconut milk
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
½ cup pure maple syrup
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch fine salt
½ cup bourbon or spiced rum
Coconut whip, for serving

Vegan eggnog ingredients

Directions:

1. In a saucepan over low heat, add the coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt. Whisk until combined. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Vegan eggnog in pot

2. Remove from heat and pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer to ensure it is smooth. Stir in bourbon.

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3. Serve warm with a dollop of coconut whip and a pinch of nutmeg. To serve chilled, transfer mixture to a glass serving pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve, fill a glass with ice, add eggnog, a dollop of coconut whip and a pinch of nutmeg.

Vegan eggnog in two glasses

Like Marcella’s vegan eggnog? Try your hand at her winter greens mac and cheese or her sausage, apple and sage-stuffed acorn squash recipe!

White Russian and Eggnog Cocktail

Kickstart the Holidays With This Easy White Russian and Eggnog Cocktail

Putting a holiday twist on the classic White Russian cocktail, this decadent and surprisingly easy to make cocktail is a star at any occasion. Given that this That’s the Spirit cocktail uses only three ingredients, I highly recommend using good quality vodka and eggnog as we’re aiming for decadence. Equally appropriate before or after dinner, this creamy festive cocktail is one you’ll be making again and again. Cheers!

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White Russian with Eggnog Cocktail

White Russian and Eggnog Cocktail

Prep: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

White Russian Cocktail with Eggnog Mise en Place

Ingredients:
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlúa
Splash of Eggnog

White Russian Eggnog

Directions:
1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.

White Russian with eggnog

2. Pour vodka and Kahlúa into the glass.
3. Using the back of a bar spoon, pour eggnog on top and serve.

Apple cider Moscow Mule

Kick Off Cozy Season With This Autumn-Inspired Apple Cider Moscow Mule

As the weather changes and the autumn apple cravings kick in, this cider twist on a Moscow mule is a must-try cocktail to celebrate the start of fall. The spicy flavour of the ginger beer (a key ingredient to a traditional Moscow mule) pairs perfectly with the sweet mulled cider. So throw on your favourite fall sweater and shake up the latest That’s the Spirit cocktail!

Apple cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Prep: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

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Apple cider Moscow mule ingredients

Ingredients:

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1/2 a lime)
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 pinch ground cinnamon
3 ounces apple cider
3 ounces ginger beer
Apple slices, to garnish
Fresh rosemary, to garnish
Lime wedge, to garnish

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Apple cider Moscow mule with cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker or cocktail mixing glass with ice. Add vodka, lime juice, ginger, cinnamon and apple cider. Shake or stir until well combined, about 30 seconds.Hand stirring apple cider Moscow mule
  2. Strain over a moscow mule glass filled with ice. Finish with a splash of ginger beer. 
  3. Garnish with apple slices, rosemary and lime. Cheers!

Apple cider Moscow mule

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Thyme Aperol Spritz

Travel Back in ‘Thyme’ With This Seasonal Twist on a Classic Aperol Spritz

Thyme Aperol Spritz

Thyme-Infused Aperol Spritz

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings:  1

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This That’s the Spirit Aperol spritz is a classic summer cocktail. It’s light, refreshing and truly tastes like summertime in Italy. Take this cocktail up a notch by incorporating a little thyme-infused simple syrup. The thyme really complements the orange and herbal notes in the Aperol tying this cocktail together. Perfect for a hot summer day (or eve), this spritz is one you’ll want to keep making again and again! Cheers. 

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Ingredients:

Thyme simple syrup (makes 0.5 oz)
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
3-4 fresh thyme sprigs

3 oz Prosecco D.O.C
2 oz Aperol
0.5 oz Thyme simple syrup
Splash of soda
Garnish: Orange wedge and fresh thyme sprigs

Related: This Blood Orange Negroni is the Perfect Summer Cocktail

Directions:

Thyme-Infused Simple Syrup

  1. Add ½ cup sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. 
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 
  3. Remove from heat and add 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme. Let steep for 10-15 minutes, depending on how strong you want the thyme flavour to be. 

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Thyme Aperol Spritz

Cocktail 

  1. Fill a white wine glass with ice. 
  2. Pour 3 parts of Prosecco D.O.C, followed by 2 parts of Aperol and 0.5 oz. thyme-infused simple syrup. 
  3. Top with a splash of soda and stir. 
  4. Garnish with an orange wedge and fresh thyme sprigs. 

Like Abhi’s summer cocktail? Try his refreshing Brazilian Lemonade Margarita

 

Marcella DiLeonardo's strawberry rhubarb spritzer

Savour the Best of the Season With This Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Spritzer

Marcella DiLeonardo's strawberry rhubarb spritzer

Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Spritzer

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

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Marcella DiLeonardo's strawberry rhubarb spritz ingredient shot

Strawberry rhubarb pie in a cocktail? Yes please! This That’s the Spirit cocktail is a sweet-and-sour-lover’s dream. It features freshly picked local strawberries and vibrant pink garden rhubarb. However, if you only have frozen fruit on hand, that works too. Just adjust the honey based on the sweetness of the strawberries. Lastly, don’t throw away the leftover fruit compote, enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or mixed into your morning yogurt. Cheers!

Ingredients:

1 tsp lemon zest
½ cup fresh or frozen rhubarb, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, diced
2 tbsp honey
1 pinch salt
¾ cup water
4 oz gin, divided
Sparkling water, to finish
Sliced lemon, to garnish

Strawberry rhubarb compote

Directions:

  1.     To a saucepan over medium heat add the lemon zest, rhubarb, strawberries, honey, salt and water. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes, until the fruit breaks down.

  1.     Using a fine mesh sieve, strain mixture to release the syrup. Set aside in a glass jar until ready to use. This syrup can be made up to a week in advance. 
  2.     Fill 4 cocktail glasses with ice. Evenly divide the syrup and gin amongst the glasses. Top with a splash of soda water, garnish with lemon and serve!

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Abhishek Dekate's Brazilian Lemonade

This Refreshing Brazilian Lemonade Margarita is THE Drink of Summer

Looking for summer in a cup? Look no further. This Brazilian Lemonade Margarita is a combination of two popular summer drinks that is super refreshing and a perfect way to cool off on those hot summer afternoons. Made with fresh limes, this That’s the Spirit drink is not only tangy and sweet but deliciously creamy too. Lose the tequila and this can easily be enjoyed as a non-alcoholic bevvy  as well. Cheers!

Abhishek Dekate's Brazilian lemonade margarita cocktail in a rimmed glass

Brazilian Lemonade Margarita

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1

Related: This Refreshing Brazilian Lemonade Margarita is THE Drink of Summer

Ingredients to make Abhishek Dekate's Brazilian Lemonade Margarita

Ingredients:

Brazilian Lemonade
4 limes
½ cup condensed milk
½ cup granulated sugar
4 cups cold water

Cocktail
4 oz Brazilian Lemonade mix
1 oz tequila
Garnish: salt rim + lime slice or wedge

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Directions:

Brazilian Lemonade

  1. Mix cold water and sugar and chill until ready to use. This step can be done ahead of time.
  2. Wash limes thoroughly with soap and cut each lime into 8ths.\
  3. Add cold water and sugar mixture into the blender along with limes and condensed milk.

Straining of Brazilian lemonade

4. Pulse blender a few times (10 seconds max. each cycle) until ingredients are fully integrated. Do not over-blend as this will cause the limes to break down leaving a bitter aftertaste.
5. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh strainer using a spoon.
6. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Abhishek Dekate rimming a rocks glass

Cocktail

  1. Rim rocks glass with salt and set aside.
  2. Place ice cubes in your rimmed glass.

Adding Brazilian lemonade to the rocks glass

3. Add tequila and Brazilian Lemonade mix.
4. Stir and garnish with a lime slice or wedge. Enjoy!

Like Abhi’s summer cocktail? Try his Blood Orange Negroni.

Abhishek Dekate's blood orange negroni

This Blood Orange Negroni is the Perfect Summer Cocktail

A twist on the classic Italian cocktail consisting of three liquors: gin, Campari and sweet vermouth with a splash of freshly squeezed blood orange, this cocktail is both vibrant and refreshing. This rich That’s the Spirit bevvy incorporates this seasonal fruit — not only are blood oranges the perfect combination of sweet, juicy and tart, but the colour itself is mesmerizing. Cheers! 

Abhishek Dekate's blood orange negroni

Blood Orange Negroni

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

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Ingredients:

1 oz gin of choice
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice + slice for garnish

Abhishek Dekate's ingredients needed for a blood orange negroni, including sliced blood oranges, and more

Directions:

1. Fill a mixing glass with ice, gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Stir stir stir.

Abhishek Dekate squeezing a blood orange into a mixing glass

2. Add a large ice cube to a rocks glass and strain the cocktail into the glass.

Abhishek Dekate straining his blood orange negroni

3. Garnish with a thin slice of blood orange. Enjoy!

Like Abhi’s summer cocktail? Try his Earl Grey mar(tea)ni.