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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!

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

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

Related: Meet Justin Hall, Estate Winemaker and North America’s First Indigenous Winery

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.

Related: Kick Off Cozy Season With This Apple Cider Moscow Mule

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

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. 

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

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

Related: Meet Justin Hall, Estate Winemaker and North America’s First Indigenous Winery

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.

Related: Kick Off Cozy Season With This Apple Cider Moscow Mule

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! 

Related: Kick Off Cozy Season With This Apple Cider Moscow Mule

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

Related: Kickstart the Holidays With This Easy White Russian and Eggnog Cocktail

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

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!

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

Related: Melon Frosé Sangria is Made for Warm Summer Nights

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.

Orange-coloured mar-tea-ni against an orange background

This Earl Grey Mar(tea)ni is the Spring Cocktail You Need

Earl Grey is a breakfast tea staple often served with cream and sugar, but when shaken with gin, it’s even more delicious. This easy That’s the Spirit cocktail is a tea-infused variation on the classic gin sour. The floral notes of Earl Grey tea pairs perfectly with the botanical notes of the gin — making this the ultimate spring cocktail for your next “tea time.” Cheers!

An orange-coloured frothy MarTeaNi against an orange background

Earl Grey Mar(tea)ni

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients:

½ cup sugar + extra for rimming
½ cup water
1 Earl Grey tea bag + loose tea leaves for rimming
2 oz gin of choice
¾ oz lemon juice
1 egg white

Ingredients required for a MarTeaNi, including a martini glass, a shaker, glass tray, loose earl gray leaves and more

Directions:

1. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

2. Remove from heat and add 1 Earl Grey tea bag. Let steep for 10-15 minutes, depending on how strong you want the tea flavour to be.

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3. Rim martini or coupe glass with sugar and loose tea leaves, set aside.

4. Add gin, lemon juice, Earl Grey simple syrup you made earlier and egg white to a shaker without ice. Shake vigorously (10-15 seconds).

5. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until chilled. Strain into rimmed martini or coupe glass. Enjoy!

Hand pouring out the mar-tea-ni cocktail into a rimmed martini glass

Here are more warm-weather cocktails you’ll love.

Healthy moscow mule cocktail on countertop

Celebrate National Moscow Mule Day With This Low-Sugar Moscow Mule Cocktail

March 3rd marks National Moscow Mule Day! This modern classic is great for ginger beer lovers and is typically made with vodka, lime and ginger beer, plus a little sugar. This That’s the Spirit Moscow Mule recipe shows you a fantastic way to add some fruit and herbal notes, and depending on the spirit preference, even more in-depth flavours that will really elevate this yummy cocktail. Bonus? It’s low in sugar and can be made non-alcoholic simply by omitting the spirit.

Healthy moscow mule cocktail on countertop

Low-Sugar Berry Sage Moscow Mule

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients:

200 ml gin (or spirit of choice)
3-4 leaves sage + 1 for garnish
1 heaping tsp of blackberry jam
½ oz lime juice
4oz light ginger beer
Blackberries for garnish (optional)

Healthy moscow mule cocktail ingredients

Directions:

1. In a non-reactive container, pour in spirit of choice (I picked gin to pull out some evergreen botanicals to compliment the sage in the drink). In your palm, gently lay down 3-4 leaves of sage and clap your hands together to release oils. Add sage to gin and cover with lid. Let the mixture sit for 3-4 hours or overnight. Agitate once in a while.

Healthy moscow mule cocktail syrup

2. Remove sage leaves from the mixture. This infused spirit is shelf stable for a few months.

3. In a shaker tin or mason jar, add 1 ½ oz sage-infused gin, plus blackberry jam and lime. Shake without ice to break up the jam. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into tall glass packed with ice.

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4. Top with ginger beer (¾ way to the top). Stir. Garnish with 3 blackberries and a sprig of sage (don’t forget to give it a gentle clap to release the oils!). Enjoy immediately.

Healthy moscow mule cocktail on countertop

Like Evelyn’s low-sugar berry sage mule? Try her non-alcoholic winter colada or her whiskey, green tea and honey cocktail.

Whiskey and green tea cocktail

Whiskey, Green Tea + Honey = The Only Cocktail Recipe You’ll Ever Need

My father used to drink blended whiskey with a pre-made green tea as an aperitif to dinner. I will always remember him giving me a little sip despite my mother running towards us in the background. It is a very nostalgic, typical Chinese businessman drink. This That’s the Spirit version has beautiful blended Scotch, whisked matcha tea, honey and soda. It is a refreshing cocktail suited for any occasion.

Whiskey and green tea cocktail

Tea and Honey Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large slices of ginger
¼ cup + 4 Tbsp water, divided
½ cup honey
1 ½ oz blended Scotch
1 oz matcha tea
½ oz lemon juice (approximately ¼ lemon)
Soda
Ice for shaking
Candied ginger and lemon wheel for garnish

Whiskey and green tea cocktail ingredients

Directions:

1. In a blender, combine ginger slices, ¼ cup water and honey. Pulse two or three times and then blend on low for 20 to 30 seconds until ginger is broken down. Let mixture sit for about a half hour.

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

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3. In a bowl, add matcha tea and 4 Tbsp water. Whisk until bubbly and all powder is dissolved.

4. In a shaker tin, add blended Scotch whiskey, ginger-honey mixture, matcha tea and lemon. Add enough ice to cover the liquid, plus a little bit more. Cover the other side of the shaker tin and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds until well chilled.

Green tea mixture being poured into shaker

5. Strain the contents of shaker tin into a tall Collins glass. Fill glass with ice and top with soda. Garnish with lemon wheel and candied ginger slice. Enjoy immediately!

Like Evelyn’s tea and honey cocktail? Try her non-alcoholic winter colada or her apple spruce gimlet cocktail.

non-alcoholic winter colada cocktail next to pineapples and lemons

This Non-Alcoholic Winter Colada Recipe is Sure to Cure Your Winter Blues

Sure, we can’t travel right now, but we can pretend to visit a tropical island with this That’s the Spirit winter colada recipe. Combining flavours of pineapple and coconut milk, orange marmalade and a spiced syrup made with maple, cinnamon, cloves and allspice, this perfectly tropical pick-me-up is sure to cure your winter blues.

non-alcoholic winter colada cocktail next to pineapples and lemons

Non-Alcoholic Winter Colada

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

Ingredients:

Spiced Syrup
¾ cup maple syrup
¼ cup water
1 tsp allspice berries
2 sticks cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
1 Thai chili (optional)

Cocktail
1 ½ oz non-alcoholic spirit
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz coconut milk
½ oz spiced syrup
½ oz lemon juice (approximately ¼ lemon)
1 small Tbsp orange marmalade
Ice for shaking
Pineapple fronds and cinnamon for garnish (optional)

non-alcoholic winter colada cocktail ingredients on kitchen table

Directions:

1. In a pot, add maple syrup, water, allspice berries, cinnamon, cloves and Thai chili and bring to boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 5-10 minutes until flavours are integrated and slightly reduced.

non-alcoholic winter colada cocktail syrup in pot

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

3. In a shaker tin or mason jar, add non-alcoholic spirit, pineapple juice, coconut milk, ½ oz the spiced syrup you just made, lemon juice and orange marmalade. Close up the shaking vessel and shake until jam is broken down (about 5 seconds). Open up shaker again and check that all ingredients are well integrated.

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4. 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.

5. Transfer the contents of the shaker tin into a large juice glass of your choice. Garnish with desired garnish (recommended: pineapple fronds and a dust of cinnamon for aromatics). Enjoy immediately!

person placing leaves in non-alcoholic winter colada cocktail

Like Evelyn’s winter colada recipe? Try her apple spruce gimlet.

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.

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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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