You Can Escape the Winter Blahs

January 23, 2017

You Can Escape the Winter Blahs


A winter getaway may not be in the cards this year. But don’t let that stop you. Invite the neighbours over for a virtual beach party. Since blue cocktails are back in vogue, we’ve included some of our favourites.

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1 ounce Jamaica Rum
½ ounce Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 ounce vanilla bean simple (homemade)
1 ounce cream Dash of nutmeg
Combine liquids in a shaker.
Shake with ice until frothy and strain into a “coupe” glass. Dash with nutmeg for garnish. 


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1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
½ cup guava juice
¼ cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple (cut into 1-inch wedges)
6 orange slices
6 blood orange slices
 6 mango slices
Seeds and juice from 1 passion fruit

In a carafe or pitcher combine wine, juices, pineapple wedges, orange slices, mango, passion fruit juice and seeds. Stir well and seal tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (or up to 24 hours). Pour sangria and fruit into glasses with crushed ice. Serves 4-6

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4 parts Absolut Vodka
1½ parts Blue Curaçao
1 part Elderflower Liqueur
1 part lemon juice
Tonic water
Spiral lemon peel
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

Add Absolut Vodka, Blue Curacao, Elderflower Liqueur and lemon juice. Top up with tonic water. Garnish with lemon.


2 ounces Gin
¼ ounce Maraschino Liqueur
¼ ounce Creme de Violette
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Spiral lemon peel for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.


1 ounce London Dry Gin
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Blue Curaçao
1 dash of Absinthe
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel for garnish
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Fino Sherry
½ ounce Blue Curaçao
½ ounce pineapple gum
½ ounce lemon juice
Seasonal berries and pineapple leaves

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake for about 10-15 seconds to chill down. Double strain over shaved ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with pineapple leaves and seasonal berries.




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