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January Drinks (Bathing Suit Not Included)

Ahh, January. What a time to… well, get farther south if you’re Canadians like us. If you can’t get away though, try out these beachside inspired drinks that will warm up your weekends.

Ruby Sunrise

Just like you’re waking up in Mexico, though we don’t recommend you cracking one of these open until the early evening. Have a splash with this smooth but punchy cocktail. Refreshing and served over ice.

What you’ll need:

  • 4oz of Ruby Sunrise Tea (cold)
  • 1oz Tequila (Silver, eg. Avión Silver Tequila)
  • 1oz Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Orange Rind

This one is a breeze to make and you can try it a few different ways just with the Tequila alone. Make your cup of Ruby Sunrise and ice it over. Add in the 1oz of Tequila and stir for 20 seconds. Squeeze in your lemon wedge to taste. Finish by circling the rim with your orange rind and tossing it into your drink to finish.

For alternative and different flavours, try different tequilas. Each offers different flavour profiles and variations such as Chinaco Resposado Tequila; aged for 11 months in white oak barrels from France and England, some of which have been used to age Scotch and bring a mellow wood character. Overall a very citrus zesty profile with a spicy finish.

Mojito Lime

Have a bit of fun with this one! You can either make this into a crushed ice margarita style drink with you favourite liquors, or an on the rocks more smooth style of cocktail. We prefer cocktails, so we’re going to make a smooth variation of a mojito.

What you’ll need:

  • 4oz of Mojito Lime Tea (cold)
  • 1.5oz Gin
  • Club Soda
  • Mint Leaves
  • 1oz Simple Syrup
  • Lime Wedge
  • 1/2oz Fresh Lime Juice (squeeze it!)

To start off this great summer drink, throw your mint leaves (3), lime juice, simple syrup and gin into a shaker and muddle them a few times. You don’t need to be rough, this isn’t cement, it’s a beautiful creation that you coddle just a little bit. Muddling is all about bringing out subtle hints of wonderful things together just a little more than typically would be. Once you’ve made your tea and cooled it off (room temp or cooler, throw it in the fridge for a while if you can pre-make this, adding ice while hot will dilute the tea too much for this), pour into the shaker with your other ingredients. Add ice and shake until the shaker is freezing over and is very cold to the touch (about 10-15 seconds). Pour out into a tall glass. Drop in a couple mint leaves (3-4) and add ice. Top off to the rim with club soda and add the lime wedge to the rim.

Add in your favourite Gin to this recipe. If you live in the Okanagan, try the Okanagan Spirits Gin. It’s local and wonderful, one of my favourites. Also for the Gin lovers, an option is G’vine from France. Made from the rare grape vine flower and offers uniquely floral and earthy notes for a different experience. Throw in a couple cucumber slices while shaking for added flavour on top.

Strawberry Sangria

I know what you’re thinking, “Throw in some straight vodka and mint and it’s like a strawberry mojito and it’s like I’m on the beach with Emma Stone after the Golden Globes!” Wrong. This wonderful tea has notes of apple and pear, and some wonderful floral profiles. That means we get to mix it up and play with your palette!

What you’ll need:

  • 4oz of Strawberry Sangria Tea (cold)
  • 1.5oz Gin (or vodka if you don’t want the alcohol taste)
  • Pear Bitters
  • 1oz Egg Whites
  • Strawberry

We’re going to make this one with a little less liquid, making a sour style drink to play more with the flavours. Make your tea and let it cool off, in the fridge for about 20 minutes will be perfect. In a shaker, pour in the gin, egg whites, cooled tea and 2-4 dashes of bitters to taste. Add ice and shake until cold to the touch. Pour out into a oversized cocktail glass. Dab two or three small drops into the egg whites on top for effect. Slice your strawberry and add to the rim.

Blood Orange Mimosa

Dare I say it’s… BUBBLY time! Bubbles. Bubbles make everything better. Like that long day at work or perfect for that Sunday morning hangover (or like a slow going morning, not related to alcohol but general tiredness, if you’re reading mom), bubbles can and will make your day 90% better 75% of the time. I’m 100% certain of that.

What you’ll need:

  • 4oz of Blood Orange Mimosa Tea (cold)
  • 1oz Aperol
  • 2oz of Bubbles (Prosecco or your favourite)
  • Lemon Slice (Different than a wedge, k)
  • Orange Slice (Still different than a wedge, think full circle)

This one is super easy to make and will be amazing in your mouth. Make your tea and cool it off. 20 minutes in the fridge should do. Get a big wine glass, like the one your aunt uses at Thanksgiving. Pour in your 5oz of Blood Orange Mimosa and 1oz of Aperol, then throw in your orange and lemon slices. Just toss ‘em in, get ‘em in there. Top off with some ice to keep it cool. Now comes my personal favourite part! Bubbles! Pour in your 2oz (lol, right) of Prosecco or fave bubbly and give a little stir. Enjoy!

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