June 9, 2017
Quebec plays a starring role in Canada’s history (some of Canada’s earliest settlements were Quebec City in 1608, and Montreal in 1642). One simply cannot celebrate the birthday of our great nation without including some of the fine libations from la belle province.
Let’s start with a summer classic—gin. Specifically, Cirka Gin Sauvage, from a craft distillery in Montreal. This artisanal gin features over 30 botanicals, some from Quebec's boreal forest, so you can literally taste Canada in every glorious sip. Start with brilliant simplicity with a CIRKA GINTO – gin and tonic.
50ml Cirka Gin Sauvage
Combine gin with ice to top of glass. Add tonic to fill top of glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.
For a unique Canadian experience, try an Old Fashioned with a new fashioned ingredient – maple syrup.
50ml Cirka Gin Sauvage
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
10ml Maple Syrup
2 pieces orange peel zest
Combine Sauvage Gin, bitters, maple syrup and one of the orange zests in a mixing glass. Add 4 blocks of ice and stir gently. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Discard the muddled orange peel. Squeeze remaining orange peel over top, then twist and use as the garnish.
Next, what is summer without beer? This is a beer many will recognize from our shelves thanks to the intriguing name and label. From Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec—one of the top award winning craft breweries in Canada—Megadeth Beer. This saison ale is a collaboration between Dave Mustaine, lead singer of heavy metal band Megadeth, and the expert brewers at Unibroue. Despite its heavy name, it’s actually a refreshing, thirst-quencher with tropical and fruity notes.
Our final summer favourite from Quebec harkens back to a favourite summer - the summer of love in 1969. That was the summer Canadian icon Pop Shoppe was launched, becoming the refreshment of choice across Canada. Pop Shoppe returned in 2004 with many of the original pop flavours, as well as some new ones—Lime Ricky and Cream Soda are now available as hard sodas. Perfect for everyone who cherished Pop Shoppe as kids, these hard sodas (7% alcohol) offer some real summer refreshment with a side of happy memories.
Three refreshing summer options from Quebec, among a selection of thousands of libations at Co-op Wine, Spirits and Beer. As they say in Quebec, sante!
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