3 Cocktail Recipes Featuring Local Spirits and Brews

Posted : April 18, 2018

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At York Durham Headwaters, we’re proud of our local wineries, cideries and distilleries who produce award-winning boozy treats for our visitors. Want a taste? Read on for three fresh spring cocktail recipes featuring local spirits and craft brews!

Hot new local cocktail

If you like the Negroni, you’re going to love The Vaughan cocktail! Handcrafted by Last Straw Distillery, The Vaughan is the perfect vehicle for the distillery’s own Darker Side of the Moonshine. Also, it contains maple syrup, which lends a uniquely Canadian flavour to this sophisticated aperitif.

Last Straw Distillery
The Vaughan
Recipe by Last Straw Distillery

  • Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer
  • Pour the following ingredients into a tumbler:
    • 2 oz. Darker Side of the Moonshine
    • ¼ oz. Fernet-Branca
    • ½ oz. dark maple syrup
    • 2 dashes bitters
  • Add 5 or 6 ice cubes and stir for 40 seconds.
  • Strain into the chill cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of citrus.
  • Enjoy!

Twisted sangria

Ever thought sangria was missing something? Like maybe a splash of beer? We thought so too! This recipe combines a zippy blend of lemon with the Second Wedge Brewing Company’s pale ale for a surprising twist on a classic cocktail.

Citrus Sangria with Beer
Recipe inspired by selfproclaimedfoodie.com

  • Wash and thinly slice a whole lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange
  • Add the following ingredients to your favourite pitcher:
    • Citrus fruit
    • 1 ½ cups of pineapple juice
    • 1 cup vodka
  • Chill overnight
  • Before serving, add 36 oz Day Tripper Trail Ale to the pitcher
  • Savour served over ice

Berry fresh mule
The Moscow Mule had a moment in 2017 – and the fun continues with unique twists on the ginger beer-based bevvie. With our farmer’s markets ramping up for the season, are proud to present our berry sweet take that’s spiked with vodka.

berry fresh mule

YDH Fresh Berry Mule
Recipe inspired by kimbroughdaniels.com

  • Chill a copper mule mug
  • Add ½ cup of fresh berries to the mug, and muddle
  • Add the following ingredients to the mug:
    • 2 oz. School Spirit vodka
    • 1 oz. lime juice
    • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • Add ice, stir, sip, sigh.

Breaking news

Craft brew fans take note! The Second Wedge Brewing Company just released a brand-new beer. Fat Bike is a double IPA (8.5% abv) made from hops grown in Uxbridge. Super local and huge on flavour, this fresh new flavour is the talk of the town.

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