Winter is officially here, and with it comes shorter days, longer nights, and ample opportunities to catch up on binge-worthy shows.
Although celebrating special occasions and the holidays in general looks different right now, it’s possible to enjoy the flavours of the season right from the comfort and coziness of your home (while the rain outside falls against your window).
To help you find your favourite tipple for winter, we’ve curated a selection of nine seasonal flavours now available at BC Liquor Stores. Whether you’re into a full-bodied wine or chocolate-inspired brew, you’ll find it on this list.
Vacations to tropical destinations may be on hold, but you can enjoy this Cuban Havana Club rum here in BC. It’s got the mixability of a light rum and the complexity of an aged one, with a mildly fruity flavour offering hints of citrus, spice, and mellow oak. Use it as a base for Pear of Friends cocktails with pear nectar, cooled green tea, tarragon syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
If you’re a fan of the original Baileys (who isn’t?), add this seasonal Red Velvet Cupcake version of the Irish cream liqueur to your must-try list. It takes everything we love about the OG Baileys and infuses it with vanilla, cream cheese frosting, cocoa, and chocolate notes. The result is that you can actually have your cupcake and drink it, too!
Former ice hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky has created something special with this Canadian Cream Liquor. Made using a blend of fresh Ontario cream and Wayne Gretzky’s No.99 Red Cask Whisky, it has a rich, smooth, and sweet mouthfeel. Prepare yourself for utterly festive lingering notes of nutmeg, cream, biscuit, toasted wafer, and almond.
As big fans of everything salted caramel–flavoured, we suggest trying this limited-edition Kahlúa Liqueur expression. It effortlessly combines the decadent taste of salted caramel with Kahlúa’s rum and coffee flavours. Put it to the test this season in an espresso martini cocktail, an iced coffee, or even a hot chocolate to warm you up.
Don’t worry if you didn’t get to visit BC’s Similkameen Valley wine region this past summer. You can get a taste of the full-bodied, rich, and ripe offerings found here in a glass of this merlot by The Hatch Winery. Savour aromas of black cherries, black plums, and berry compote with notes of dried herbs, spice, and charred meat. Serve with a smoked turkey or prime rib dinner and enjoy.
Anyone who appreciates a crisp BC white wine will want to have a bottle of this Fort Berens Riesling chilling in their fridge this season. A perfectly balanced, light, juicy, and racy wine, it has notes of honeysuckle, apple, stone fruit, and tangerine, making it an easy pairing with your turkey dinner or a charcuterie board. (It might even become your new favourite!)
For all of the enjoyment of a cocktail without any of the effort required to make one, look for this Discovery Pack handcrafted by Victoria-based distillers The Strait and Narrow. Experience Pear Rhubarb, Lemon Lavender, and Grapefruit Rosemary flavours, each made with a custom gin distilled with locally-sourced botanicals. Containing just 110 calories and four grams of sugar per can, these gluten-free drinks are ideal for virtual catch-ups.
Craft brew enthusiasts (who also happen to love breakfast) can look forward to trying this seasonal Oatmeal Stout by Russell Brewing. Prepared using malts like flaked and golden naked oats, chocolate malt, and Black Prinz, it’s a prime example of just how creative local brewers can be with their offerings. Get ready to taste notes of dark chocolate and coffee as they seamlessly blend into a silky smooth stout.
Another option that basically combines dessert with a craft brew is this Salted Chocolate Porter perfected by Steamworks. Brewed with hand-harvested Pacific Ocean Fleur de Sel from Vancouver Island Salt Co. and packed with rich chocolatey flavours, it’s crafted to please both adventurous drinkers and porter enthusiasts alike. Take in the vanilla aromas as you pour yourself a glass this winter.
To discover even more seasonal offerings, visit your nearest BC Liquor Stores location or browse the full product lineup at bcliquorstores.com. You can stay up to date with the newest releases and recipes by following @bcliquorstores on Instagram and Facebook.
Please enjoy responsibly.