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Spirited Traditions

Rye, whisky, vodka, gin — Canada has a long history of distilling that dates back centuries. With that in mind, we asked three local craft distillers to share their favourite rituals for enjoying their own craft spirits.

 

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Georgian Bay Gin

Denzil Wadds, Distiller, Georgian Bay Spirit Co.

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“I’ve always believed that when it comes to cocktails, the simpler the better. It doesn’t get more Canadian than sipping a cool G&T on the dock, made with our gin and premium tonic water. I like to add a splash of soda and a squeeze of grapefruit, then top it off with a sprig of cilantro and a lime wedge, Georgian Bay style.”

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Beattie's Farm-Crafted Potato Vodka

Ken Beattie, Distiller, Beattie’s Distillers

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“Made with potatoes grown right here in Alliston, our handcrafted vodka mixes beautifully in one of my favourite cocktails, the Gravedigger. Combine fiery ginger beer with lime juice, habañero peppers and our vodka. It’s smooth, it’s spicy — just how I like it.”

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Dillon's Unfiltered Gin 22

Geoff Dillon, Distiller, Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

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"It’s the season of backyard grilling, playing road hockey with the kids and mixing up gin-and-cucumber gimlets for the gang. I make mine with fresh-pressed cucumber juice, our gin and a few dashes of lime and ginger bitters.”

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