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March Special: Get Ready For 007’s New Movie


The name’s Bond, James Bond and he’s coming back! The long-awaited return of 007’s newest movie – No Time to Die - was due for release in April, but now reschedule to November. Regardless, we're excited about the movie! So, in the run-up to its release, the Drinkery is getting into the spy-film spirit in March with 4 special cocktails befitting of Bond. Plus, we’re giving away a Cineplex Gift Card ($50) to view the movie and a bottle of Vital Vodka (375 ml) to shake up some martinis. Enter at the distillery for a chance to win.

There’s much anticipation for the 25th installment of the James Bond series as five years have passed since Spectre, and this will be Daniel Craigs last time playing the suave secret service agent. In honour of James’ love of cocktails, and ‘for your eyes only’, these are our four special drinks in our 'Month of Bond Menu' :

At the start of No Time to Die, James has retired from her Majesty’s service and living it up in Jamaica.   Made with Vital Vodka, pineapple juice, Kalmansi lime and squid ink, our Octipussy cocktail is the right balance of tropical and chill for any superspy turned man-of-leisure.

There are few things more synonymous with a dashing Bond than ‘A martini. Shaken, not stirred.’ The Original cocktail celebrates the iconic, classic martini and is made with our Vital Vodka and Jackknife Gin shaken with Lillet Blanc. It’s the perfect drink to give you some 007 swagger and to launch Bond into action, this time to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

For the evocative Bond girls, we have a drink that packs an elegant punch. The Goldfinger is created with our newest spirit Encore Gin balanced nicely with honey, lemon, coconut water and smoked salt.

The movie is positioned as Bond’s most difficult mission to date. There’s a mysterious enemy and dangerous new technology.  As a nod to the sweet villains, our Oddjob (the main henchman in the Goldfinger movie) cocktail shows off our Johnny Handsome spirit mixed with root beer syrup, club soda, and bourbon cherry ice cream.

So, there you have it - from Roots & Wings Distillery with love - 4 special Bond-inspired cocktails that you must try at the Drinkery this March in anticipation of No Time To Die.  And, enter our in-house draw for a chance to win a $50 Cineplex Gift Card and a 375 ml bottle of Vital Vodka.  We’re open Friday 2 to 7, Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. No tux required.

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February 8, 2020 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Valentine's Day Happy Hour

Celebrate what love means to you with a superb cocktail - no matter your relationship – during our Valentine’s Day Happy Hour at Roots and Wings Distillery.  We’re rolling out two special drink menus to honour those that are unattached or smitten! 

Truth be told, not everyone loves the Hallmark Holiday of Valentine’s Day! The day has been overly romanticized, encouraging people to express loving gestures with roses, sweets, bling and bubbles. That can be exciting for some people, while creating anxiety for others.

The notion of romance has evolved for us from when we were younger and single to now being married and parents.  Being more mature and aware of the intricacies of relationships, we don’t necessarily need to celebrate in the traditional way. Nope, instead this year we’d like to celebrate it with YOU.  

We’re reframing V-Day and unapologetically skipping the sentimental mush and hosting a special Happy Hour from 3 to 7 pm on February 14 at the Drinkery, featuring our Lonely Souls cocktail menu for all the single guys and gals out there. And, of course, we couldn’t leave out the couples, so there’s also a Love Birds cocktail menu. All drinks are made with our craft spirits.

With the Lonely Souls cocktails, tap into the fun of being solo and give some self-love with drinks like the Basement Dweller, One Night Stand, Rejection and 25 Cats.

For the adoring couples, embrace romance and couple-hood with the Love Birds cocktails that include the Heartthrob, Happy Couple, Destiny and MiAmore.  

We invite you to join us to rejoice any relationship – whether it’s with yourself, a bestie or love interest. Let’s toast to being grateful for all of life's relationships. Cheers to that!

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January 15, 2020 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Five Hot Whiskey Drinks To Keep You Warm

With the snow and wintry temperatures arriving, you probably want to hibernate at home in your jammies and grab a hot drink.  Nothing turns up the heat faster than a whiskey-spiked cocktail, so we’ve rounded up five hot whiskey drink recipes from popular blog sites to keep you warm and toasty all winter long.  Mix them up with our Roots and Wings Distillery's whiskey style spiritsRebel, Sidekick, or Johnny Handsome – all distilled from sweet corn grown at our distillery farm.

Almond Milk Chai With Whiskey And Orange

Topping the list is this fresh spin on a chai tea – a cozy, tasty vegan chai whiskey cocktail made from almond milk steeped with chai tea, whiskey and orange juice.  It’s just the right balance of spice, sweetness and boozy warmness.

Cocktail Recipe:
Whiskey Recommendation: Rebel - Notes of honey and orangey-citrus with a hint of smokiness.


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Bittersweet Amaro And Whiskey Coffee

For the coffee lovers, this hot cocktail offers richly deep and dark flavours with bittersweet and caramelly tones.  It’s warm and intoxicating and may become your ultimate nightcap!

Cocktail Recipe:
Whiskey Recommendation: Johnny Handsome - Aged in a charred barrel with notes of soft caramel and toasted oak.

Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

Keep it simple but spiced and boozy with a hot apple cider spiked with whiskey. This steaming brew will surely push away those winter chills and make your home smell delicious.

Cocktail Recipe:
Whiskey Recommendation: Sidekick – Notes of cinnamon and honey, bringing a delightful combination of sweet and heat.


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Classic Hot Toddy

We can't talk hot drinks without talking about the classic Hot Toddy. All you need is hot water, whiskey, honey, lemon, and a cinnamon stick to garnish. It’s made for slow sipping and great for the sniffles too.

Cocktail Recipe:
Whiskey Recommendation: Sidekick – Notes of cinnamon and honey, bringing a delightful combination of sweet and heat. Or, Rebel - Notes of honey and orangey-citrus with a hint of smokiness.


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Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate

When you’re craving a mug of something thick and creamy, it’s hard to beat a bourbon spiked hot chocolate. This decadent drink comes together easily, and you’ll be enjoying its luscious flavours before you know it.

Cocktail Recipe:
Whiskey Recommendation: Johnny Handsome - Aged in a charred barrel with notes of soft caramel and toasted oak.


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