Say, what’s in this drink?
It’s cold outside, baby, so we’ve rounded up the most seasonal local sips in town.
Similar to Breton’s Gingerbread but on the stronger side, Garrison’s All Lit Up is a subtly spiced brew perfect for a low-key party or a holiday movie night. The spiciness is less apparent, so it’s more suited to fans of a traditional beer.
(5.5% ABV) This London-style ESB (extra special bitter) isn’t bitter at all, nor is it as sweet as one might expect of a gingerbread-inspired beer. This is a subtle option for those who want to join in the holiday fun but would rather avoid a mouthful of festive. Made with ginger and cinnamon, this ale tastes like it should—beer— but the spice provides an extra little something. Bulwark’s winter cider is the coziest drink you can get at the liquor store. There’s something inviting about cider as is, but this one is spiced as perfectly as apple pie. Although it’s great straight out of the bottle, I would suggest (carefully) heating it in a pot over the stove, resulting in the perfect addition to your festive mug. The winter cider comes in a seasonal Nor‘Easter Variety Pack with a sour cherry cider and a rumspiked cider, but I’d sooner buy six bottles of the winter on its own. It’s the best of the bunch. There are a lot of icky, minty concoctions available around this time of year. This is not one of them. Coldstream makes reliably tasty vodka and liqueur, and its gift packs tend to fly off the shelves. Its candy cane liqueur is available on its own, too—but it is only around seasonally, so this is the chance to grab it. It’ll complement hot chocolate or egg nog and is smooth enough to drink by itself. Candy cane martini, anyone? Consider this the local alternative to Bailey’s Irish cream. It’s not just Maritime-made, it also tastes better. While it’s not a seasonal release, this rum cream is great to have in the cupboard during winter as it pairs so well with hot drinks. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea—it works with almost everything. It can also add a touch of creamy goodness to a milkshake or poured over a fave holiday dessert.
refrain, the cliche, about Halifax is we’re the biggest small town you’ll ever be a part of. Usually that’s something to complain about. Being in a small town
WINTER CRAFT CIDER Bulwark Craft Cider HOLIDAY CANDY CANE LIQUEUR Coldstream Clear
JD SHORE CANADIAN RUM CREAM Halifax Distilling Co.
ALL LIT UP WINTER BREW Garrison Brewing Co.