This is the Christmas season to shake things up (literally).
We owe it to ourselves to have the most fun holiday season possible, filled with trying new things and creativity in the kitchen. Pouring a glass of wine or a frosty beer is a solid go-to, but you can do that any day of the year. Winter is the time for cozy cocktails, so this year in Vancouver, shake some up.
Northern Keep Vodka is a uniquely premium craft spirit made using the finest ingredients grown in Canada. Created by the artisans at Alberta Distillers (recently named the Distillery of the Decade at the Canadian Whisky Awards), Northern Keep Vodka offers the comforting flavours of the festive season with hints of citrus and light spice.
Northern Keep Vodka is distilled five times for an extremely smooth and delicious taste, which is exactly why we think it’s the perfect base for these holiday cocktails.
Ginger, cinnamon, and apples are usually the main ingredients in a holiday pie. This drink, made with ginger beer, apple cider, and a cinnamon stick garnish, is like the classic dessert in a glass.
This cocktail can be enjoyed either steaming hot or cold on ice, depending on the weather outside.
- 1 oz. Northern Keep Vodka
- 1 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water, stirred until dissolved)
- 3 oz. apple cider (hot or cold)
- Ginger beer (for topping)
- Cinnamon stick (for garnish)
If it’s cold outside and you need the perfect thing to warm up, make this with hot apple cider. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a mug and give a quick stir with a cinnamon stick for garnish.
But, if the fire is roaring and you want to experience a refreshing take on the same great taste, make it with cold apple cider instead. Just mix all the ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice and give it a quick stir with a cinnamon stick for garnish.
Pomegranate-Rosemary Vodka Sparkler
Developed by Canadian recipe and content creator @cookinginmygenes, this cocktail tastes as delicious as it looks. Fruity and herbaceous, this fizzy drink can be decorated like a Christmas tree. With a little work at your home bar, you’ll feel like a true mixologist building this sparkling drink.
- 1.5 oz. Northern Keep Vodka
- 0.5 oz. rosemary syrup
- 4 oz. pomegranate juice
- 1-2 oz. prosecco or sparkling water
- 1 rosemary sprig (for garnish)
Rosemary simple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 rosemary sprig
To make a sparkly rosemary garnish, simply run a rosemary sprig under a bit of water. Then, roll in sugar and set aside to dry.⠀
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add in a rosemary sprig, stir, and remove from heat. Let infuse for five to ten minutes until desired taste is reached, and then remove the rosemary sprig.⠀
In a cocktail shaker, add rosemary simple syrup, pomegranate juice, Northern Keep Vodka, and a handful of ice. Shake for about 20 to 30 seconds until the cocktail shaker is frosty.⠀
Finally, strain into a cocktail glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with your sparkly rosemary sprig. Cheers and enjoy!
Northern Keep Signature Vodka Soda
You can never go wrong with a vodka soda, but making them with Northern Keep means they’re always made right. The soda only tempers the intensity of the beverage, letting the Canadian flavours of mixed rye and winter wheat come forward. It’s a refreshing, balanced drink that allows you to still enjoy the incredible taste of Northern Keep Vodka.
- 1 oz. Northern Keep Vodka
- 3 oz. premium soda water
- Lime/lemon for garnish
Like the drink, the method is simple.
Fill a glass of your choice with ice. Pour over Northern Keep Vodka, then top with the premium soda. Finish with a lemon and lime twist for a counterpoint of citrus flavour and colourful garnish.
Try your hand at making any or all of these drinks. Not only will one bottle of Northern Keep wield you close to fifteen cocktails, but with every bottle sold — in partnership with the Nature of Conservancy of Canada — you’ll help protect five square feet of ecologically significant land.