This Month's Recommended Spirit Canadian Craft Gin
From coast to coast to coast, you will find a ton of unique and truly remarkable local and small batch spirit producers that offer gin flavored all with their own blend of botanicals, largely inspired by the environment they are created in. For this box, we encourage you to discover something new and explore the incredibly intricate world of Canadian gin. This means that it is up to you to decide which gin you’re going to create your cocktails with, so be aware both of the flavors in the box as well as the flavors of the gin which you select. While the final choice is up to you, we can help inform your choice, so check out our Canadian Craft Gin guide below for a list of some great producers available in your region. But doing your own research is recommended, there are so many choices and flavors out there, only you can make the final decision.
- Longtable Distillery London Dry Gin
- Victoria Distillery Cocktail Gin
- Indigenous World Spirits Gin
- Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin
- Wild Life Distillery Gin
- Patent 5 Distillery London Dry Gin
- Stumbletown Distillery Original Gin
- Top Shelf Distillery Gin
- Dillion’s Dry Gin 7
- Spring Mill Distillery Dry Gin
- Madison Park London Dry Gin
- Cirka Gin Sauvage
- Noroi Distillerie Dry Gin
- Ungava Gin
Canadian Craft Gin Tour
July is the month when we celebrate Canada and all it means to be Canadian. Our vast, multifaceted landscapes, our beautiful multicultural cities, our wonderful people and, of course, at Crafty’s, our love of great, Canadian-made cocktails. So what better way to celebrate all the fantastic characteristics of what it means to be Canadian than with this month’s Crafty Cocktails box, Canadian Craft Gin Tour, which is full of exciting recipes and ingredients that truly represent who we are.
This box is centered around Canadian gin, a fast-growing sector of spirit distilling in our country with a lot of promise and some amazing products. Canadian gins showcase the different environments and taste found within our vast land, because each distillery has their own unique interpretation of gin and use the herbs and botanicals found within their own distinct landscapes. The Canadian Craft Gin tour gives our customers a chance to get to know some of their local spirit producers as well as make some amazing cocktails.
You will find all sorts of fun and interesting ingredients in this box, which highlight the diversity of our country, where elements from all over the world mix together and create something extremely novel and exceptional. These recipes aim to emulate the complex identity of our country; the nostalgic flavours of the Windowsill Shrub, the cosmopolitan profile of the GVA or the melting pot of a cocktail that is the Milieu Tonic; all exhibit different elements of what it means to be Canadian.
With a complex ingredients list that you’ve come to expect from a Crafty Cocktails box, you will find a fantastic array of cool and interesting elements to play with, such as Les Charlatans Strawberry/ Sichuan syrup, Shurbbery Co. Rhubarb/Orange Shrub, Rootside Roasted Dandelion bitters, Fitch and Leeds Indian Tonic, Prosyro Apricot syrup, sloe tincture, spruce tips and so much more.
So, venture out to your favourite liquor store and peruse their selection of great local gins; there are a ton out there and they all have their own unique profile. Grab your preferred brand (and maybe some others to test with), and get to celebrating this great land with 3 amazingly unique, Canadian cocktails that will have you saying ‘O Canada, that’s good!’
Canada is a diverse place, not only in terms of our beautiful landscapes, but also our people, who come from all walks of life and bring so many wonderful influences to our culture. This tall, refreshing cocktail celebrates this diversity, incorporating a melange of ingredients from many different cultures and culinary influences. Sichuan peppercorns and Les Charlatans Strawberry/Sichuan syrup provide a fruity, yet spicy base, with a distinct Asian flair. The Apothecary North African bitters adds some amazingly warming aromatic notes which balance the drink, while the Fitch and Leeds Indian Tonic makes the drink light and effervescent, with a distinct bitter flavour that lends itself extremely well to the overall profile of the drink. Although these ingredients come from very different backgrounds, they all work in harmony, resulting in something amazing, just like our beautiful country.
The city of Vancouver is a very unique place; it is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan and natural beauty. It is also home to some of the country’s best cocktail bars and bartenders, with so many creative drinks being made by some truly fantastic artists. With such a prominent place in Canadian cocktail culture, it is no wonder there exists a classic cocktail called the Vancouver, which has been made in the city (and can be found on menus all over the world) since 1954, and probably for even longer than that. To pay homage to this drink, we create the GVA, which takes elements from the original drink, such as gin, orange zest and Punt e Mes vermouth, and blends them with more modern elements, such as sloe berry tincture, Prosyro apricot syrup and spruce tips, as a nod to the more sophisticated, contemporary cocktails found within this amazing city.
For many kids growing up in Canada, no summer was complete without a slice of warm rhubarb pie made with garden fresh rhubarb and a whole lot of grandma’s love. Now that we’re older and probably a little more thirsty (it does get pretty hot out there these days), many of us would prefer a cooling cocktail at the end of a long summer day. The Windowsill Shrub attempts to bring those worlds together with a heap of summery flavours. This cocktail is reminiscent of grandma’s homemade pie, but has all the elements of a complex craft cocktail. Shrubbery Co. Rhubarb/Orange shrub brings nostalgic ingredients and a refreshingly tart background, while Rootside Roasted Dandelion bitters adds complexity and a garden fresh profile. And for some fun and flair, watch your drink change as your rhubarb and dandelion infused ice-cubes slowly melt in the heat, changing the textures and flavours of your drink as you sip. Now you can have your pie and drink it too!
Trust your Bartender
Everybody has their favorite spirit, but also have spirits they’re not so crazy about. These opinions are built over a lifetime of experiences; that bartender who made you the most amazing vodka cocktail you’ve ever tried, that one time you drank too much tequila… there are endless factors that may contribute to our own personal opinions towards particular types of alcohol. While these biases are completely understandable, a Crafty Cocktails box subscription is all about education in the world of cocktail creation, and it is very hard to learn new things if you don’t step outside your comfort zone. We strongly encourage you to make your cocktails with the recommended spirit for the month, even if you think you don’t like it. If a recipe is well balanced and acutely aware of the flavor profile of its given base spirit, the result can surprise even the most discerning of palettes. Conversely, an attempt to substitute the recommended alcohol for another simply because of personal preference can result in disaster, as flavor profiles tend to clash rather than compliment each other. The recipes in a Crafty’s curated box are just that, curated to suit a particular base spirit. Trust our bartenders, they know what they’re talking about; let them show how something you thought you disliked, can become something you absolutely love. If you truly can't get down with the featured box of the month, we understand! You can choose one of our past boxes to start a subscription, just send us an email and request the one you want to start with. Cheers!