Say, what’s in this drink?

It’s cold out­side, baby, so we’ve rounded up the most sea­sonal lo­cal sips in town.

The Coast - - HOLIDAY PLANNER - BY RE­BECCA DINGWELL

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.

(17% ABV)

(7% ABV)

(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.

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