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Montréal is known not only for its love of fine food and drink, but also for its unique gastronomic culture. From local produce sold in the city’s buzzing farmers markets to the annual world-famous harvest of maple syrup, Montréal is a hotbed of homegrown tastes and specialities. But besides those culinary heavy hitters, Montréal is also home to a burgeoning artisanal mixology scene based on a bevy of beverages produced right here. From gins and ciders to mysterious herbal liqueurs, let these locally made spirits crafted in and around Montréal elevate your next special event to new heights.

Peter McAuslan’s Holy Smoke! Gin

gin-holy-smoke-rgb_1_origOne of Montreal’s craft beer pioneers, Peter McAuslan (the man behind McAuslan brewery) has now set his sights and formidable fermenting skills on the harder stuff with his new distilling company. To give your guests a taste of the divine at your next event, be sure to have a bottle of Holy Smoke! Gin on hand.



Mix it up:

This recipe keeps things close to home by using elderberry flower syrup from the eastern townships where McAuslan Malting and Distilling is based.

  • Place four small-medium ice cubes in a glass of your choice
  • Squeeze a slice of lime over ice, and drop lime in glass
  • Add 1.5 oz Holy Smoke! Gin
  • Add one tablespoon (15cc) Vitalité Sureau elderberry flower syrup
  • Add 5 oz of Fentimans or Fever-Tree Tonic
  • Stir gently with a fork
  • Garnish with mint

Maison Sivo Shámán

sivoBest described as a Québec take on Germany’s legendary Jägermeister, Shámán is an herbal liqueur that’s mysterious, highly mixable and a guaranteed conversation starter.




Mix it up:

The Cabin Fizz cocktail isn’t shy to make full use of Québec’s iconic maple tree, by tapping into its water and syrup.

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • ½ oz Shámán
  • ¼ oz maple syrup
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz maple water
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitter

Add ice, shake and serve in a Collins Glass. Top off with soda, and garnish with lemon zest.

PUR Vodka

purWith water sourced from a private glacial spring in northern Québec, this ultra-premium vodka has won international awards and a cult like following.




Mix it up:

When temperatures drop, the PURito is like sipping on a sunny vacation in a glass.

  • 2 oz PUR Vodka
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/3 oz cane syrup
  • Place the lemon wedges and basil in a glass and add cane syrup
  • Crush gently
  • Fill with crushed ice
  • Add PUR Vodka
  • Stir gently with a long spoon

Domaine Pinnacle Sparkling Ice Cider

domainepinnacleDomaine Pinnacle has taken ice wine to an unexpected and bubbly new place by crafting the world’s first sparkling ice cider. A gold medal winner at the 2015 Artisan Awards, this drink might just be the perfect ending to a great Montréal meal. To enjoy all its complexities, keep it simple and just serve well chilled (5°C).

Cirka Old Tom GIN375

cirkagin375To fete their hometown on its 375th birthday, Cirka crafted a new gin this year for the big occasion. Distilled steps from the banks of the Lachine Canal at Cirka’s stunning digs (a must visit), the gin captures the essence of Québec’s terroir in a bottle. Made with 100% locally sourced grains and botanicals, Old Tom GIN375 makes it easy to find an occasion to celebrate.



Mix it up:

Created by Montréal mixologist, Maximilliano Vallée Valetta, the Crimson Clover is as much a feast for your eyes as your taste buds.

  • 2 oz Cirka Old Tom GIN375
  • ¾ oz Raspberry & Green Alder syrup *
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • Combine all ingredients together in a shaker without ice. Shake well. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  • Filter in a glass previously filled with ice.
  • Serve in a Martini glass and garnish with three raspberries.

* Boil 500ml raspberries and 6g of green alder in 500ml of water. Add 500ml of sugar and bring to another boil. Filter through a strainer and let cool.

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