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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 spirits – Rebel, Sidekick, or Johnny Handsome – all distilled from sweet corn grown at our distillery farm.
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: rhubarbarians.com.
Whiskey Recommendation: Rebel - Notes of honey and orangey-citrus with a hint of smokiness.
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: seriouseats.com
Whiskey Recommendation: Johnny Handsome - Aged in a charred barrel with notes of soft caramel and toasted oak.
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: helloglow.co
Whiskey Recommendation: Sidekick – Notes of cinnamon and honey, bringing a delightful combination of sweet and heat.
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: cookieandkate.com
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.
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: cookienameddesire.com
Whiskey Recommendation: Johnny Handsome - Aged in a charred barrel with notes of soft caramel and toasted oak.
Header Photo Credit: Taylor Friehl (Unsplash)
Get to know our new and much anticipated bourbon style spirit – Johnny Handsome - paired with a menagerie of cured, spiced, herbed or smoked meats at our latest event, Meat & Neat, on November 22!
Back in 2017, we set aside some pure corn spirit (71% alc) in a new charred barrel and crossed our fingers that it would mature into a handsome young bourbon style spirit. Fast forward to today and it’s time to unveil our new whiskey. Johnny Handsome is ready to come out to play! He was a strong spirited lad at first, so we’ve mellowed him out a tad and brought him down to about 50% alc. Still, the whiskey is beautifully bold and best enjoyed neat or with a splash of water!
If there is one thing to pair with a handsome whiskey, it’s the savoury goodness of well-crafted meat cuts and cures. Hence, we are hosting our first whiskey tasting event, Meat & Neat (November 22nd, 6 to 9 pm), and working with Graze and Cardamom to provide a charcuterie board for your grazing pleasure.
Along with the reveal of the Johnny Handsome spirit, we will also be previewing the not-yet-bottled Maple Bourbon and the rye whiskey (still aging in barrels) to be released in 2021. Enjoy the opportunity to get a first-hand look into what’s shaping up at the Roots and Wings Distillery!
Join us for this intimate and immersive pairing event! Limited tickets available. Ticket holders also get 10% off purchases. Tickets at Eventbrite.
With the cooler weather comes cooler cocktails on the menu at The Drinkery, located at our distillery just outside Fort Langley. Don’t fret, as we can still mix up your favorite drinks from the summer; but as October comes into view, we have new creations that showcase the versatility of our artisan spirits and will take you from summer to fall! Here’s a glimpse:
Perfect for sipping while the leaves change colours is the One Day In Paradise cocktail, which features our specially released Cranberry Orange Honey Infused Vodka combined with Rootside Tonic, and the ever-delectable Cara Cara Balsamic Vinegar from Olivias Oils & Vinegars. It’s a bright and refreshing fall drink that will keep you in a summery mood.
When you can’t decide between a beer and cocktail, you gotta try our deeply satisfying beer Cocktail – The Buzz. The base is a sour beer that has been created from a collaboration between several of our local Langley craft breweries: Camp Beer Co., Five Roads Brewing Co., and Farm Country Brewing. While this beautiful sour beer is perfect on its own, we’ve kicked I up a notch with a splash of Jackknife Gin and touch of Kalamansi Lime Cordial from Frost Bites Syrup Co. This cocktail was featured during a summer event at the Fraser Valley Cidery in August, and it was a hit! Hence, we’ve decided to add it to our fall cocktail menu. Quench your thirst in fine fashion with the The Buzz, especially for those of you that are curious about beer cocktails.
Made for slow sipping as the days get shorter, is our next cocktail addition - Stormy Rebel. This drink features our Rebel, a pure corn spirit aged for a month with toasted oak. We wanted to make a ‘dark and stormy’ style cocktail; but unfortunately, we don’t have rum in our repertoire at this time. With that in mind, we reimagined the drink with the smoky flavour of the Rebel mixed with some coconut palm Simple Syrup, Rootside Ginger Beer Mix, fresh squeezed lime and a dash of bitters. Not only is it delicious, it’s a close recreation of one of our favorite cocktails from the POV rooftop lounge in Washington DC.
These three new cooler cocktails, and more, are waiting for you to belly up to our bar at The Drinkery. So, be sure to stop by in October to try them out. Roots and Wings Distillery is open 12-5, Friday to Sunday. Of course, if you want the recipe and all the ingredients, we are happy to supply you with those as well! Happy sipping into fall!
Membership is open for the Roots and Wings Distillery Spirits Club! We welcome you to enjoy all the member privileges of the coolest distillery club in Greater Vancouver! Join by signing up for one or both of our club programs to receive a guaranteed allocation of craft spirits delivered free to your door or for your pickup at a Club Allocation Party.
Discover new craft cocktails, enjoy fine artisan spirits, and receive exclusive perks for members only, including discounts, offers, and early access to special releases or events. Discover more and sign up here.
Two club programs are waiting for you! There's no prepayment at signup and you'll only pay when an allocation is ready. No fees for signing up or cancelling. Choose your membership and let the fun begin:
Join the Spirits Club - Craft Cocktails Membership to savour and explore unique craft cocktails to make and enjoy at home. Members receive one craft cocktail box allocation per quarter, including a bottle (375 ml) of craft spirit, recipe and all the ingredients to create a signature cocktail specially crafted for Club members.
Join the Spirits Club - Distiller's Choice Membership to expand your palate and create variety with the finest craft spirits for your home bar. Each box allocation is expertly curated by our distiller. Receive 6 bottles (375 ml) of artisan spirits, twice per year, including expressions of vodka, gin, whiskey, special infusions or releases.
Enjoy member privileges and preferred savings including free tastings (member and three guests), priority invites for special events, 10% discount on spirits, events, cocktails & food, bar accessories, cocktail ingredients, and merchandise at our craft distillery….and much more.
Breakout from the ordinary and be part of our Spirits Club! Get started now, sign up online here! You can also sign up in person at the distillery or by phone.
Come visit Roots and Wings Distillery at a local farmers market near you in the Lower Mainland! A full range of our farm-grown-and-distilled spirits is available for free tastings and for sale. Pop by and we’ll help you discover our locally crafted vodka, gin, whiskey and their special expressions or infusions. You can find our stand at various Fraser Valley markets, including Agassiz, Cloverdale, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Langley, Fort Langley, Port Moody, and Burnaby. Check our events calendar for dates and locations!
Experience these markets to find a farm-fresh community spirit and to pick up in season produce and locally raised or hand-made products. There’s a cornucopia of culinary choices - from artisan cheeses, honey and preserves to beer, wine and spirits. Chat directly with small growers and producers, like ourselves. Enjoy open-air shopping and be prepared to take home a variety of unique goods and regional flavours. Thank you for shopping, eating and drinking local!
Our Distillery’s Tasting Room just got tastier! We’re beyond excited to launch our first cocktail menu, adding drinks and light snacks to our unique tasting room experience. And, the tasting room is now officially called The Drinkery!
To kick things off, we’ve designed and curated six tantalizing cocktails for you to explore a medley of flavours that are freshly crafted on-site with our artisan spirits. Prepare to be immersed in the true field-to-glass vibe at our micro distillery! Our playful menu of tipples currently features:
Cocktail aficionados will fall in love with The Vital Dame, made with our award-winning Vital Vodka and mixed with Campari, Organic Fair turmeric and lemongrass, and lemon juice.
Celebrate being young, like our Rebel whiskey with the Pie On The Stoop, combining Sidekick, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, cloudy Apple juice, and Mt. Fiji bitters.
For coffee lovers, get an extra boost from the Caffe del Mattino, made with our coffee-infused vodka - Double Vice, paired with Mia Amata and chocolate bitters.
Aptly named, the Dirty Renegade kicks up a martini game with our horseradish-infused vodka – Renegade, married with Sourback cocktail brine and garnished with smoked olives.
Let the game BE GIN! Cool Cucumber Caesar is our cheeky take on a rad Caesar done differently, that is - with our Jackknife Gin combined with Walter Caesar mix and garnishes.
Cinnamon and honey make everyone happy, but especially when they’re infused in a whiskey and enjoyed as a Sidekick Sour. Our Sidekick is buddied up with freshly squeezed lemon juice and our own barreled aged maple syrup.
Which cocktail will become your personal favourite? This is a start, and the cocktail program at the Drinkery will rotate seasonally.
While you’re sitting back enjoying cocktails at our distillery, we now also serve some light bites, including a meat and cheese plate, assorted olives and spiced nuts. With the revamped tasting room and new cocktail menu, we’re ready to surprise and delight all our visitors! So, gather your tribe and drop by on the weekends between 12-5 pm. Sample spirits, stock up on your favourite bottles, and kick back with some cocktail and bites at the Drinkery!
And, we welcome inquiries from anyone interested in a unique venue for private events!
Left to right: The Vital Dame, Pie On The Stoop, Cool Cucumber Caesar, Dirty Renegade, Sidekick Sour and Caffe del Mattino.
It’s time to close your laptops and make plans to socialize out with creative cocktails paired with a satisfying meal! Allow us to steer you in the right direction with recommendations of spots to hit up when you long to have a night out, while following the flavours you love with our spirits.
Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a quaint local joint, these top-notch establishments below not only serve up great food but their library of distilled bottles include Roots and Wings Distillery products. Their talented bartenders can style up any classic or complex cocktails teamed with our spirits. Even if you don’t know what you’re in the mood for, they’ll figure it out.
These are the current restaurants that carry our spirts behind the bar for your craft cocktail enjoyment. We especially love that they support local and know you will too! If we’re not in your favourite dining spot, then please let us know as we'd be happy to reach out to new locations or please let them know you’d like us to be there!
If you want to purchase our spirits, please come by our distillery tasting room or purchase online conveniently via our website and we can ship spirits within British Columbia. You can also find a selection of our spirits at a private liquor store near you in British Columbia - see list.
Photograph by Danielle Campani, courtesy of Saba Cafe and Bistro (Fort Langley).
It's official! Our unique horseradish infused vodka - newly named and bottled as Renegade - is now available for your enjoyment and purchase from our Roots and Wings Distillery store (online and onsite at our Langley distillery tasting room) and select liquor stores throughout British Columbia.
Savoury cocktails have long been popular in Canada, especially as the ubiquitous Caesar was invented 50 years ago in our country. But whether it's the Caesar or Bloody Mary, it's the requisites of vodka and the comfort of spice and heat that draw salty cocktail enthusiast to these drinks, not to mention all the fun add-on garnishes from maple bacon or smoked oysters to a plethora of pickled veggies! Inspired by a client's request and the opportunity to one-up the zesty cocktail game, we are pleased to create a unique horseradish-style vodka for all the folks that want a bit more zip in their sip!
Renegade (375 ml bottles) is now part of our family of spirits and is crafted in small batches with horseradish (sourced from a Fraser Valley farm) steeped in our Vital Vodka, made from our homegrown potatoes and corn. The name – Renegade - reflects its untamed nature, breaking away from the traditional sweet finish of vodka to deliver a layered profile of distinct earthy tones, a spike of heat and an aroma of fresh radish!
While this bold horseradish vodka is ideal for kicking up a spicy Caesar, Bloody Mary or Horseradish Sour, it's also great as a base for a Dirty Martini topped with smoked olives! If you’re adventurous - and we know you are - then try it out in your cooking, like a vodka cured salmon dish. Be a Renegade, break free from the norm!