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Festive wine, spirit ideas to spice up the holidays

Corby Spirit and Wine previews emerging cocktailing trends to accompany traditional seasonal favourites.

The holiday season is upon us, which means a return to time-honoured traditions like eggnog by the fire, festive parties, and spending time with family and friends. This time of year is also a great occasion to put a fresh twist on the season by trying out new drinks, new foods and creating new memories with those closest to us.

Several seasonal wine and spirits innovations are already shaping up for the holidays ahead, including creative cocktails, a renaissance for gin, and culinary infusions.

Here are some of the ideas that the experts at Corby Spirit and Wine Limited recommend checking out:

Wine Cocktails

“For the 2017 Holiday Season, an interesting trend I’m seeing lately is wine used in cocktail recipes – for example the San Francisco Sangaree, which features Merlot and Whisky,” says Melanie Gilcrist, Corby’s Brand Ambassador for Wines.

Let it Snow

“Another fun and festive cocktail innovation is one that I call the ‘Snow Flake’, which you can make by shaking up Jacob’s Creek Moscato and ice cream! Simple and delicious,” says Gilcrist.

Smoke Your Cocktail Glass

“There’s nothing quite like closing your eyes and smelling the aromas of a fireplace to make you feel like the holidays are here. Smoking a cocktail does require some practice, however it’s a sure way to impress your guests at the beginning of the night,” says Spencer Gooderham, Corby’s Canadian Whisky Ambassador.

Here’s one way to enhance a cocktail with a delicious smoky flavour: On a flame-resistant surface, such as a slate presentation plate, place a small pile of hickory wood chips. Using a lighter or match, slowly burn the wood chips until they become embers. Place a glass over the burning wood chips, and the glass will fill with smoke and eventually put out the fire. Mix your cocktail separately, and when it is ready to serve, turn over the glass to release the smoke and immediately pour the cocktail into the glass.

Festive Infusions

Add flair to traditional dishes with a personal touch. Stew cranberries with Cabernet Sauvignon and serve over baked brie. Infuse a touch of vodka into rosé sauce and plate with broiled shrimp for an updated take on shrimp cocktail. End dessert on a high note by including a few tablespoons of Cabot Trail Maple Cream Liqueur in with whipped cream and dollop over warm apple pie.

Gin Redux

Gin’s flavour derives from juniper berries and possesses subtle notes of pine, which pair nicely with yuletide classics. Embrace the renaissance of gin by combining a Canadian-made gin like Ungava with tonic and a wedge of grapefruit for a refreshing aperitif.

No matter how you get in the spirit of the season, it’s important to be safe and enjoy yourself responsibly. Once again, the Corby Safe Rides program will offer safe transportation to and from New Year’s Eve celebrations in Toronto.

Corby Safe Rides

For the fifth year in a row, Corby is sponsoring free TTC rides on New Year’s Eve to encourage Torontonians not to drink and drive on one of the most celebrated nights of the year. The #CorbySafeRides campaign will kick-off complimentary, extended service beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017 until 7 a.m. Monday, January 1, 2018.
For the latest #CorbySafeRides news, follow Corby on Twitter and Instagram @CorbySW.

Please enjoy our products responsibly.

About Corby:

Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is a leading Canadian manufacturer, marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines. Corby’s portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including J.P. Wiser’s®, Lot 40®, and Pike Creek® Canadian whiskies, as well as Lamb’s® rum, Chic Choc® Spiced rum, Polar Ice® vodka, Ungava® Premium Canadian gin, Cabot Trail® maple-based liqueurs, McGuinness® liqueurs and, in addition to the recently acquired premium award-winning Ontario red, white and rose wines, including Temptress, Enchanted, Amarosé and The Conspiracy. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine’s® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob’s Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo®, Graffigna® and Kenwood® wines. In 2017, Corby was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada for the sixth consecutive year, and was also listed among Greater Toronto’s Top 100 Employers. Corby is a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Ontario, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols CSW.A and CSW.B. For further information, please visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter (@CorbySW), and Instagram (@CorbySW).

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