11 must-try spiked holiday beverages to get in Calgary

Nov 24 2017, 12:21 am

Get into the festive spirit with these holiday concoctions from some of Calgary’s most talented mixologists.

Here are 10 must-try holiday cocktails you can get in Calgary.

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Cranberry Cobbler from NOtaBLE 

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This combination of sweet cranberry cordial and tart fresh lemon, mixed with Bulleit rye, Aperol, clove syrup, and Bar Keep vanilla bitters is guaranteed to have you feeling like you’re drinking dessert.

Address: 4611 Bowness Road NW; Also available at The Nash 925 11 Street SE
Instagram: @notablecalgary

2. Cabane à Sucre from NOtaBLE 

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Warm up with this St. Leon maple syrup infused cocktail made with reserve bourbon, Averna bitters, cold brewed NOtaBLE blend coffee, and a touch of smoke for extra cozy feels.

Address: 4611 Bowness Road NW; The Nash 925 11 Street SE
Instagram: @notablecalgary

3. Better than Warm Apple Pie from Proof

The only other three letter word that beats pie is rum. Made with Wray and Nephew Overproof Rum, Cynar, Vermouth, Orgeat, cinnamon, lime, and Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters, this spiced beverage will heat you right up.

Address: 1302 1 Street SW
Instagram: @proofyyc

4. Sherry Chérie from The Coup

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This is the ‘cherry on top’ of drinks made with sweet vermouth, bourbon, sherry, and orange bitters with a brandy cherry.

Address: 924 17 Avenue SW
Instagram: @thecoupcalgary

5. Winter Sour from The Coup

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Drinking bourbon is proven to make you less bitter about winter. Get your hands on this cocktail made with Buffalo Trace, honey bourbon, maple, lemon and lime, cantaloupe, and honey dew melon with muddled Concord grapes and topped with a splash of aquafaba.

Address: 924 17 Avenue SW
Instagram: @thecoupcalgary

6. Sugar Shack from Milk Tiger Lounge

Crowned with a cinnamon stick, this cocktail is a sweet twist on a whiskey sour made with maple syrup.

Address: 1410 4 Street SW
Instagram: @milktiger_yyc

7. Fruitcake from Raw Bar 

This might be the only fruitcake you like. This festive cocktail is made with Bombay Sapphire, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Violette, cranberry, and lemon.

Address: Hotel Arts, 119 12 Avenue SW

8. Blueberry Grappa Blood Orange Sour from Cardinale

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Sip on this merry and bright cocktail made with blueberry grappa, port, blood orange, balsamic reduction, and meringue.

Address: 401 12 Avenue SE
Instagram: @cardinaleyyc

9. Blackberry Port from Hayden Block

Made with LBV Port, blackberries, lemon, mint, meringue, balsamic reduction, and simple syrup – this drink will be at the top of your holiday wish list.

Address: 1136 Kensington Road NW
Instagram: @haydenblockyyc

10-11. Late Harvest Daiquiri and Whiskey Ginger Smash from Cactus Club Cafe

Made with rum, Saskatoon berry, blackberry, and blackcurrant coulis, this frozen daiquiri might be as cold as it is outside but it will warm you from the inside out. Also, a refreshing take on a classic rye and ginger, The Whiskey Ginger Smash is a must-try too.

Locations: Various locations in Calgary
Instagram: @cactusclubcafe

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