DAVID WOLOWIDNYK A Certified Specialist of Spirits and a founder of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, David is accredited nationally and globally, holding titles such as “World’s Most Imaginative Bartender” (Bombay Sapphire), “Canada’s Best Mixologist” (Grey Goose) and “Bartender of the Year” ( Vancouver Magazine ). David is an influential veteran in Canada’s cocktail culture.

Stocking and setting up your home bar for the holidays can be a festive and enjoyable experience.

• Tequila: Having a balanced tequila like Espolòn Reposado in your home bar gives you the options to sip it neat, serve it on the rocks or use it in a variety of cocktails. • Brandy: A classic like St-Rémy VSOP is perfect for cocktails. A cognac or armagnac would be well suited for sipping neat. • Rum: Bacardí Spiced Rum adds warmth and a seasonal accent to rum cocktails. • Whisky: Consider adding a few different whiskies to your bar. A rich and assertive bourbon whiskey like Bulleit works really well in cocktails, or try a slightly spicy Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky. Single malts, like the one from Shelter Point Distillery, are perfect for sipping.

Get Stocked The six main categories of spirits you’ll want to stock up on are vodka, gin, tequila, brandy, rum and whisky. Narrow down this list to what you and your guests will use; then pick a couple of your favourite brands that are relevant to your menu. Here are some suggestions to get you started on your home bar collection: • Vodka: A smooth, silky and versatile vodka like Grey Goose can be enjoyed on its own or in cocktails. • Gin: This spirit is necessary in every bar. A juniper-forward Tanqueray

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Bloody Mary, Screwdriver

Goose in the Orchard

or citrus-accented Tanqueray No. Ten are great choices for martinis and seasonal cocktails.


50/50 Martini, French 75

Winter Spiced Gin & Tonic


Margarita, Paloma

Reposado Collins

ingredient in Winter Spiced Gin & Tonic


WINTER SPICED GIN & TONIC 1½ oz (45 ml) Tanqueray No. Ten Gin 4 oz (120 ml) premium tonic water 1 pod star anise, a few whole cloves and allspice, for garnish 1 sprig rosemary, for garnish slice of both grapefruit and orange, for garnish In a goblet, combine gin and tonic. Add ice and garnish with spices and citrus slices.

Brandy Alexander, Sidecar

Mountain Mulled Wine


TANQUERAY NO. TEN GIN United Kingdom $51.99 600163

Daiquiri, Mojito

Spiced Rum Sour


This 8 botanical gin has a backbone of juniper, coriander, licorice and angelica, lifted with chamomile flowers and whole, macerated,

Bourbon: Brown Derby, Old-Fashioned

Bourbon: Madame Boulevardier

Spicy Rye: Manhattan

Spicy Rye: Northern Hot Toddy

fresh grapefruit, orange and lime.



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