Mainland Whisky

Mainland Whisky photo

Influenced by American Moonshine recipes, Mainland’s small-batch corn whisky and whisky Liqueurs are made in a hybrid reflux still with organic ingredients, in Surrey, B.C.

107-3425 189th St., Surrey


• Corn Whisky
• Cinnamon Whisky
• Wildrose Whisky Liqueur
• Cherry Whisky Cordial

New Wave Distilling

New Wave Distilling photo

New Wave Distilling is a craft distillery located in East Abbotsford. Their prodcut line is inspired by the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains. Many of their spirits are made from organic blueberries, grown and picked on their own family farm.

3387 Tolmie Road, Abbotsford


• Illusion Spirit
• Rexford Rum
• Disillusion Gin
• Cliffhanger Spiced Apple Cinnamon Spirit
• Alpenglow Honey Cacao Nib Spirit
• Summit Fever Blueberry Spirit
• Dawn Patrol Honey Pecan Spirit
• Riptide Mango Spirit
• Lunar Gin
• Cascade Hopped Elderflower Gin
• Valley Nectar
• Elderflower Citrus Liqueur
• Absinthe Minded
• Brides Tears Liqueur
• Silver Linings Liqueur

A spirited selection at the BC Distilled 2019 Audience Favourites Awards

Odd Society’s Prospector Rye Whisky was voted the audience-favourite whisky at BC Distilled. Gail Nugent photo

They came, they sipped, they chose their favourites, ranging from a delicately herbal absinthe to a boldly spiced rye whisky.

Some 600 people descended on the Croatian Cultural Centre on April 6 for the sixth annual BC Distilled festival, highlighting the best of the province’s artisan spirits. Some 180 spirits from 39 distilleries were poured over two tastings, and at the end of it all, the audience voted for their favourites in 13 categories.

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Bruinwood Estate Distillery

Bruinwood Estate Distillery photo

Located on the Sunshine Coast, the family-run Bruinwood produces handcrafted, small-batch spirits from 100-per-cent B.C. grains, fruits and honey, as well as botanicals from around the world.

2040 Porter Rd., Roberts Creek


• Aquasen Vodka
• Mandarin Orange Vodka
• Espresso Vodka
• Plain Vodka
• Bruinwood Gin
• Earl Grey Gin
• Rhubarb Gin
• Advocaat
• Pumpkin Spice Cream Liqueur
• Mocha Cream Liqueur
• Spirited Horchata
• Pechuga Espiritu
• Crème de Cassis
• Akvavit

Lucid Spirits

Lucid Spirits photo

This Delta-based distillery uses only local agricultural products in its spirits, which include a wheat-based whisky.

105B-8257 9nd St., Delta


• Northern Vodka
• Northern Gin
• Oaked Gin
• Apple Spirit
• B.C. Rye
• Blueberry Liqueur
• Raspberry Liqueur
• Lemon Liqueur
• Coffee Liqueur

Anderson Distilleries

Anderson Distilleries photo

Ian Anderson had planned to pursue a PhD in physics. Instead, he makes craft vodka, gin, liqueurs and intriguing products such as soju at his Burnaby distillery.

106-3011 Underhill Ave., Burnaby


• Mare Serenitatis Creme d’Cafe
• Serenitatis Golden Gin
• Serenitatis London Dry Gin
• Serenitatis Smoked Rosemary Gin,
• Serenitatis Silver Liquorice
• Sweet Serenitatis Cinnamon
• Sweet Serenitatis MuddledMint
• Sweet Serenitatis Limoncello
• Sweet Serenitatis Lime’cello
• Sweet Serenitatis Orangello


Tequila and Cider Collins


Justin Taylor’s Tequila and Cider Collins. Danika Sea photo

1 oz blanco tequila
0.5 oz Galliano vanilla liqueur
3 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz dry hard cider
Apple slices for garnish

Fill a Collins glass with ice, then add all ingredients in order (except garnish) and stir. Top with more ice and a splash of cider, and garnish with fresh apple slices.

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree by Justin Taylor. Danika Sea photo

Juice of one whole Ginger Crisp apple (around 2oz)*
1 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1.5 oz gin
0.5 oz ginger liqueur
0.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 dashes of orange bitters
Apple slices and cranberries (for garnish)

Using a press or juicer, extract juice from apple. Add all ingredients (except garnish) to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard for 20 seconds. Double strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and garnish with apple and cranberry skewers.

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The Last Word

The Last Word cocktail. Joanne Sasvari photo

This Prohibition-era cocktail had been long forgotten until it was rediscovered by Seattle-based bartender Murray Stenson.

0.75 oz (22 mL) gin
0.75 oz (22 mL) green Chartreuse
0.75 oz (22 mL) maraschino liqueur
0.75 oz (22 mL) fresh lime juice

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass or a coupe. If you like, garnish with lime twist. Serves 1.

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