Local Cocktail Recipes to Kick-off Summer


Nova Scotia distilleries are making a name for themselves and continue to push the envelope in creating quality local products that are getting noticed here and abroad. And with Drink Atlantic coming up this week, there’s no better time to sample some of these great products yourself and kick-off summer. Featuring educational seminars, food and cocktail pairings, and their main blender bender party, Drink Atlantic brings everything together to create a holistic beverage experience.


And if you can’t make it to Drink Atlantic this week or feeling inspired to make cocktails at home - here are some local ones worth trying. We brought in local mixologists to share their best Nova Scotia craft cocktail recipes. You’re sure to find one you’ll love. Maybe even more than one.


Nova 75 by Ian Dexter
What happens when you combine the flavour of Steinhart Distillery Classic Gin with the sweet bubbles of Benjamin Bridge’s Nova 7 wine? You end up with a Nova 75. A bit sweet, a bit bubbly, a bit earthy. It’s a pretty cool twist on your traditional gin and tonic.


The Pressure Drop by Tim Evans
If you like Nova Scotia rum, this recipe is a must try. Fortress Rum from The Authentic Seacoast Company, fresh squeezed orange juice and a zippy carrot-ginger syrup made with local honey (like Cosman & Whidden, Kittilsen’s or Wood ‘n’ Hive to name a few) brings everything together. We’d say it’s almost healthy with carrot juice in it…but we can’t go quite that far. We can say it’s delicious though.


Apple of My Eye by Shane Beehan
It wouldn’t be a local cocktails list without at least one apple themed cocktail. The Apple of My Eye uses a sweet puree of golden delicious apples, a splash of Ironworks Vodka and some Darkside Dry Cider from Lake City for some tartness and a bit of sparkle.


Annapolis Sour by Ali Knip
Don’t worry, it’s not too sour. But a bit of sour is totally refreshing (kind of like lemonade on a hot day). You only need a few ingredients, including Fundy Gin from Still Fired Distilleries and some tart Terra Beata Cranberry Juice.


Peach Mule by Steven Cross
The Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails of the past few years. We really like this local twist using Caldera Distilling Hurricane 5 Whisky and local Ginger Beer from Propeller Brewing Co.


Life Round Here by Griffin Cox
Drink this. Life is good. At least that’s the conclusion we came to. What’s surprisingly different about this one is, you serve it hot. The key ingredients are Compass Distillers Aquavit, Ironworks Apple Brandy and your favourite local maple syrup (Acadian Maple, MacRae’s, or KD Hunter are some great options). With the weather we’ve had lately, sipping a warm cocktail might be just what we need.


The recipes in this blog are just a few from our new Craft Cocktails book. Look for the printed publications at Drink Atlantic events this week or Taste of Nova Scotia member locations throughout the summer. You can also view all the cocktail recipes on our website. Can we interest you in a Nova Libra, Wild Blue Rum Runner or South Shore Spritzer?


Cheers to summer!