Paul's Picks

Spirits and Drink Recipes in Ottawa

Zaya Gran Reserva Rum, $70.95

Best rum in a long time.

Paired with bacon...

Crown Royal Maple Finished, $29.75

Endless summer...

Georgian Bay Gin Smash, $2.95 each

Basically a gin and tonic that is mixed and ready to go.  Drink over ice.

Crazy Uncle Hard Root Beer, $2.95 each

Best of the root beers!

Fun things for mom...

Jaw Drop Tickling Pink Lemonade, $2.95  pair with deep fried zuccini and lemon

Aromas and taste what you would expect.  Lemon, pink and white grapefruit.  Not a sweet cooler.  Borderline sour with great carbonation.

Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, $3.55  pair with pork loin roast with port sauce

Aromas and taste of expresso bean, dark chocolate, malty with a light hoppy background.

Criollo Bourbon Dark Chocolate Liquor, $17.95  pair as a side with your favourite coffee

Aromas and taste of Oh Henry chocolate bar, vanilla, caramel taffee, and bitter cooking chocolate.

St. Patricks Day...

Black Velvet - 1/2 sparkling wine, 1/2 Guinness

Baby Guinness - 2oz Kahlua, 1/2 oz Irish Cream

Chocolate Guinness Float - Vanilla ice cream, Guinness, chocolate syrup

Whiskey for Robbie Burns Day...

Aberlour 10YO Single Malt Scotch, $54.95
aromas: raisins, toffee, almonds

taste: fruitcake, toffee, banana

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, $32.60

aroma and taste: vanilla, apple pie, caramel

Dun Bheagan Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, $52.95

aromas: extremely smoky, peaty and spicy

taste: all of the above and vanilla

Chocolate fondue (or just chocolate)...

Criollo Bourbon Dark Chocolate Liquor, $19.95 - Rich dark chocolate, mocha and vanilla aromas and taste.

Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port, $17.95 - Christmas cake, fig, cherry chocolate aromas and taste.

Classic Christmas in a bottle...

Criollo Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel Liquor, $19.95 - As the name suggests, beautifully balanced.  Serve chilled or in coffee.

Evan Williams Kentucky Cider, $14.95 - Cinnamon, vanilla, apple and clove aromas and taste.  Serve warm or on ice cream.

For your Halloween flask...

Sortil├Ęge - sweet, rich maple syrup and toffee flavours, $32.35 (try it in your coffee or on top of good quality vanilla ice cream)

Spicebox Pumpkin Whisky - aromas of pumpkin pie, nutmeg and butterscotch.  $27.95  

Fireball Whisky Shooter -  sweet flavours of cinnamon intermingled with caramel.   $21.95

Espolon Tequila Reposado - spice, caramel and a hint of chocolate.  $44.75

Bulldog Gin - juniper, kaffir lime, pink grapefruit, sweet almond and fresh pine needles.  $32.40

Some coolers that aren't so sweet...

Black Fly Sour Grape, $2.95 per can.
Jack Daniels Downhome Punch, $12.95 per 6 pack.
Snapple Spiked Tea, $2.90 per can
Skinny Grape Blueberry Pomegranate, $2.50 per bottle