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A Taste of Spain – Food & Culture

Spain is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. It is the fourth-largest European country and the second-most mountainous country after Switzerland. It has numerous offshore...

A Taste of Spain – Wine Tour

Ah, those grey, rainy, late winter days here on the West Coast! Are you thinking of Spain, and its sunny and warm climate... but getting there isn't in the budget? No worries, we may not be able to...

Non-Alcoholic Trends

Why Non-Alcohol? In a very short period, the non-alcohol landscape has changed dramatically, one part driven by age and the other by culture.  Older drinkers such as Baby Boomers or Gen X have...

Japanese Whisky

When you hear mention of Japanese spirits, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  If you are like most people, the first thought is of Sake or maybe Beer.  Japanese culture has a long history...

Cocktails Anyone?

Latest Recipes

Aperol Fizz

Aperol Fizz Food & Wine Test Kitchen, the authors of this recipe, describe this lovely cocktail as the perfect marriage of an egg cream and an Aperol spritz. I tend to agree! Navy-strength gin...

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz This classic and refreshing cocktail celebrates spring. It's easy to make, easy to make and quaff, and its low ABV makes it no problem if you sneak in a second one on a warm...

Sauvignon Blanc Punch

Sauvignon Blanc Punch Is this low-ABV, easy patio sipper made with Aperol the perfect wine punch for a pleasant spring afternoon? This little number adapted from Liquor.com might just be! 1/2 oz...

Navarrico

Navarrico Butano 4 oz fluffy orange juice from a high-speed juicer* (See notes below for alternate)1/4 oz Sambuca or Pastis** (or other Anise liqueur) (See notes)3/4 oz Sloe gin** (See notes)3/4 OZ...

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Apricot Syrup

Apricot Syrup

Apricot Syrup Equally as good in cocktails, as a sweetner in dressings, adding flavour to a sauce and over icecream! 6 Apricots, quartered & pitted (Or 6oz frozen)2 Cups White Sugar2 Cups Water Place all the ingredients in a saucepan on low to medium heat. Bring...

Hot White Russian

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food & warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand & for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." --Edith Sitwell Hot White Russian It's February on Vancouver Island, which means we are getting closer to our...

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

  Hot Buttered Rum Mix This warming, tasty treat is a staple when cold rain or snow starts to fall. Simple to make, easy to store or give as gifts. Add Rum, spiced or not. In my house, my 91-year-old roommate likes it without liquor (sometimes), and it works well...

Ginger Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail

Ginger Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail

  Ginger Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail Here's a tasty non-alcoholic option to make sure everyone can join the party. Ginger beer can be found found in many grocery stores. The ginger, citrus and pomegranate combo is a fun, festive combo. This recipe could be...

Japanese Whisky Sour

Japanese Whisky Sour

  Japanese Whisky Sour Sours belong to one of the old families of original cocktails and are described by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks. Sours are mixed drinks containing a base liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener (triple sec, simple...

Japanese Whisky Ginger Highball

Japanese Whisky Ginger Highball

  Japanese Whisky Ginger Cocktail What is a highball cocktail? Well usually, it refers to a drink made in a tall glass, filled with ice and topped with soda / fizzy water. Its is meant to lengthen the beverage and lighten the liquor. This version from...

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Apricot Syrup

Apricot Syrup

Apricot Syrup Equally as good in cocktails, as a sweetner in dressings, adding flavour to a sauce and over icecream! 6 Apricots, quartered & pitted (Or 6oz frozen)2 Cups White Sugar2 Cups Water Place all the ingredients in a saucepan on low to medium heat. Bring...

Hot White Russian

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food & warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand & for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." --Edith Sitwell Hot White Russian It's February on Vancouver Island, which means we are getting closer to our...

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

  Hot Buttered Rum Mix This warming, tasty treat is a staple when cold rain or snow starts to fall. Simple to make, easy to store or give as gifts. Add Rum, spiced or not. In my house, my 91-year-old roommate likes it without liquor (sometimes), and it works well...

Ginger Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail

Ginger Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail

  Ginger Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail Here's a tasty non-alcoholic option to make sure everyone can join the party. Ginger beer can be found found in many grocery stores. The ginger, citrus and pomegranate combo is a fun, festive combo. This recipe could be...

Japanese Whisky Sour

Japanese Whisky Sour

  Japanese Whisky Sour Sours belong to one of the old families of original cocktails and are described by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks. Sours are mixed drinks containing a base liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener (triple sec, simple...

Japanese Whisky Ginger Highball

Japanese Whisky Ginger Highball

  Japanese Whisky Ginger Cocktail What is a highball cocktail? Well usually, it refers to a drink made in a tall glass, filled with ice and topped with soda / fizzy water. Its is meant to lengthen the beverage and lighten the liquor. This version from...