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gimlet cocktail with spruce tips

Cheers to the Holiday Season With This Apple Spruce Gimlet Cocktail

This holiday season, try a fresh take on the classic gimlet with this That’s the Spirit apple spruce gimlet cocktail — the ingredients are uniquely oh-so Canadian! The combination of apple and spruce tips lends itself to this beautiful cocktail that tastes like fresh winter’s breath. Have it with a spirit of choice or a non-alcoholic alternative (like juice or soda) to bring out all the different flavours. Plus: it’s easy to whip up!

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips

Apple Spruce Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

½ cup fresh-pressed apple juice
½ cup sugar
2 Tbsp dried spruce tips + more for garnish
Juice of 1 lime
2 oz spirit of choice (or non-alcoholic substitute)
Ice for shaking

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips ingredients

Directions:

1. Create your apple spruce syrup: in a saucepan, add apple juice, sugar and dried spruce tips. Bring all contents to boil.

2. Once bubbling, lower to simmer. Allow to simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Remove apple spruce syrup from heat and let cool.

cocktail simmering on stovetop

3. Strain out solids through a colander or strainer into a non-reactive container. Syrup recipe can remain in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

4. In a shaker tin, add 1oz of the apple spruce syrup.

Related: Ina Garten’s Fresh Whiskey Sours Will Be Your Go-To Cocktail

5. Slice a lime in half and squeeze the juices of both halves into the shaker tin, combining with apple spruce syrup.

6. Pick your of spirit (white spirits for more herbal, evergreen qualities; brown spirits to bring out warming spices in the drink). Add 2 oz of chosen spirit in the cocktail shaker.

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips pour

7. Add enough ice to cover the liquid plus a little bit more, do not be shy. Cover the other side of the shaker tin and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds until well chilled.

8. Strain into a coupe glass (or your favourite cocktail glass) and garnish with winter herbs (spruce from your garden works!). Enjoy immediately.

gimlet cocktail with spruce tips

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Any Hour is Cocktail Hour Thanks to Ina Garten’s Classic Cosmopolitan

In a recent Instagram post (watch it here!) Ina Garten declared, “It’s always cocktail hour in a crisis!” while shaking up a batch of classic Cosmopolitans. The good news: you too can follow suit, shaking up the fruity concoction in the comfort of your own kitchen, with The Barefoot Contessa‘s reliable recipe. Simply combine vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime juice for a tart, refreshing beverage that you can share with someone else… or keep it all to yourself. No judgement here. Giant martini glass optional!

Ina Garten’s Cosmopolitan Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves:
4

Ingredients:

1 cup vodka
1/2 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

Related: Ina Garten’s 25 Easiest Weeknight Dinners

Directions:

1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour through a strainer into four martini glasses.

Once you’ve mastered Ina Garten’s legendary Cosmopolitan, check out her most show-stopping desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Homemade Baileys

Homemade Irish Cream is Your 5-Minute DIY Christmas Gift

In coffee, on ice, in adults-only smoothies or as an eggnog add-in, homemade Irish cream is the gift that keeps on giving. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this holiday favourite right at home. Packaged in small glass jars, one batch will yield at least a dozen homemade gifts or enough to treat guests, friends and family during the holidays.

Homemade Baileys

Total Time: 5 minutes
Makes: Approximately 3 cups

Ingredients:
2 cups half-and-half cream
1 (300 mL) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup whisky
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp finely ground coffee or freeze-dried instant coffee
1/4 tsp salt

Homemade Baileys

Directions:
1.Add all ingredients in a blender and puree until fully combined. Pour into sterilized glass jars, seal and store in the refrigerator up to 1 month.
2. To serve, stir into hot coffee, serve on ice, blend into a milkshake, whisk into eggnog or whatever you can dream up. Irish cream also makes a great base for truffles, homemade ice cream and boozy custards for your holiday trifle.

Looking for more homemade gifts? Try 4 Genius Homemade Christmas Gifts from Anna.

Ice Ring

How to Make a Party-Perfect Ice Ring for Your Punch Bowl

Nothing gets a party going like punch. Friendships and laughter are born around the punch bowl, but we’re not talking about the awkward fruit punch you drank at high school dances. This fresh, modern recipe is an elegant cocktail that’ll impress your guests, complete with a bright, berry-ful ice ring to keep your punch chilled while adding a gorgeous garnish.

Fruit Ice Ring

Sparkling Citrus Punch with Berry-ful Ice Ring

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours
Serves: 6

Ingredients:
Ice Ring
1 cup raspberries
1 cup sour cherries, pitted (frozen if fresh is not available)
2 cups champagne grapes*
1-1 1/2 cups distilled water

Sparkling Punch
750 ml bottle of dry white sparkling wine
1-330 ml can sparkling orange soda, such as San Pellegrino Aranciata
2 oz bitter Italian soda, such as Aperol
2 oz orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Fresh mint for garnish

Fruit Ice Ring

Directions:

Ice Ring:
1. Place raspberries, cherries, and grapes in an 8 or 9 inch Bundt pan. Pour distilled water over fruit only just to cover. Place in the freezer for 8 hours or overnight until frozen.

Sparkling Punch:
1. In a large punch bowl, mix sparkling wine, soda, Aperol, triple sec, orange juice and lemon juice.
2. Remove Bundt pan from freezer. Run warm water over bottom to loosen the ice ring from the pan. Place the ice ring in the punch and garnish with fresh mint. Serve immediately.

*if champagne grapes are not available, substitute cranberries or sliced strawberries.

Looking for more entertaining inspiration? Try our 10 Tasty Canadian Cocktails.

How to Make Blushing Cherry-Berry Sangria

Gorgeous red fruit gives this bubbly sangria a mild blush, delivering a pop of flavour and colour to any budget-friendly bottle of sparkling wine.

Chock-full of strawberries, raspberries and cherries, and hit with muddled fresh mint, this fun and fruity cocktail is sure to become your go-to summertime sipper.

blushing-bubbly-sangria-recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Standing Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6 to 8

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 lemon, zest
1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
3 cups ice cubes
1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, chilled
1 1/2 cups each frozen sliced strawberries and raspberries
1 cup frozen pitted sweet cherries

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Directions:
1. In large pitcher, combine mint, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and water. Stir, bruising mint slightly, with wooden spoon.
2. Let stand for 15 minutes.
3. Top with ice and sparkling wine; stir to combine. Stir in raspberries, strawberries and cherries.
4. Pour into chilled glasses to serve.

Looking for more cocktail recipes? Check out: 30 Cocktails to Keep You Cool This Summer.

Canadian Style Irish Coffee

A Canadian-Style Irish Coffee to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Canadian-ified version of the classic Irish coffee cocktail. This twist is spiked with our patriotic Canadian whisky and a drizzle of maple syrup then topped with maple-laced whipped cream, of course.

Canadian-Style Irish Coffee

Canadian-Style Irish Coffee

Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp maple syrup
2 oz Canadian whisky
1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters, optional
4 to 6 oz hot strong coffee, preferably good-quality

coffee

Directions:
1. Using a whisk, electric mixer or stand mixer, whisk whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Whisk in 2 Tbsp maple syrup. Set aside. If making ahead, whipped cream will keep well, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
2. Add whisky, maple syrup and bitters to a heat-proofed mug. Pour in coffee. Top with a dollop of the maple whipped cream.

Whisky

Looking for more patriotic libations? Try one of our 10 Sensational Canadian Cocktails.