Paul's Picks

Spirits and Drink Recipes in Ottawa



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