Friday Night Drinks: July

Good Cheer Month: Drinks

It isn’t hard to find exceptional cider, wine, beer and craft spirits being produced across Nova Scotia by passionate artisans. Check out this week’s Friday Night Drinks blog to help inspire your inner mixologist, get recommendations for your next local purchase, and celebrate the people behind these fantastic local products.

This month we have a cocktail recipe bursting with flavour that showcases wild Nova Scotia blackberries, along with new products from Tatamagouche Brewing Company, Nine Locks Brewing Company, L’Acadie Vineyards, Still Fired Distilleries, Grand Pre WinesLake City Cider and North Brewing Company.

Blackberry Cider Cocktail

While cider may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when making cocktails, it does add a unique flavour and a fun bubbly finish. Check out this easy recipe featuring Bulwark’s Wild Blackberry Cider. Bulwark has captured everything you love about blackberries, without the challenges that come with picking them. Add in a little lime juice and rum – you have yourself a tasty cocktail to enjoy all summer long!


1 oz Nova Scotia Rum
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Bulwark Wild Blackberry Cider
sliced lime
fresh blackberries


Makes: one cocktail

  1. Take a cocktail glass and fill with ice.
  2. Pour in rum and lime juice.
  3. Top with cider and give the cocktail a light stir.
  4. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a wedge of lime.

Recipe provided by: Lindsey MacDonald

Local Source Guide

Rum: Raging Crow Distillery Inc., Ironworks Distillery, Barrelling Tide Distillery, Still Fired Distilleries, Compass Distillers, Coldstream Clear Distillery.

Local blackberries: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Masstown Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., and any of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.


New Products

Not in the mood to whip up this delectable recipe? Don’t worry – we have you covered with a few local beverages released this month!

From Brussels with Blood

From Brussels with Blood is not the newest action flick, but a Blood Orange Witbier from Nine Locks Brewing Company with just as much kick! This classic hazy Belgian wheat beer is brewed with curacao, coriander, chamomile, and a hefty dose of blood oranges. Citric tartness balanced by sweet malt, aromas of orange peel, vanilla and bubble-gum.


Tea Drinkers Rejoice!

If you like chai tea, this wheat beer from Tatamagouche Brewing Company is the one for you! Tata Brews’ new Chai Tea Wheat Beer was brewed in early 2017 and spent two years aging in second use barrels from Glenora Distillery. Black tea, cinnamon, clove and ginger make up the chai tea base, giving this beer tremendous flavour and a well balanced sweetness. Notes of gingerbread, carrot cake, honey, whisky and spicy (heat) on the palate.

Pet Nat

L’Acadie Vineyards 2018 Pet Nat is made with organic Estate L’Acadie and a wild ferment from indigenous yeast from the vineyard. Finished in the bottle by ancestrale method for light bubbles and kept on the yeast lees. It’s available by two ounce pours in their wineshop while it lasts.

Strawberry Rhubarb Moonshine

Still Fired Distilleries‘ new Strawberry Rhubarb Moonshine will be released July 26th at the distillery. This summery moonshine won’t last forever. Pick up a bottle from Still Fired while supplies last!


Check out Grand Pre’s new Moscato! It’s light, effervescent & aromatic. They’ll be twisting the top of this tasty wine at Moscato Day on July 27th! Make sure to visit their wine shop that day for a free tasting of this new wine. The Moscato will be available for sale beginning July 27th.

Hometown Hybrid

In Dartmouth, two hometown favourites have come together to produce Hometown Hybrid – a cider and beer graf. This light, citrus forward drink has been created with love by Lake City Cider and North Brewing Company.

Friday Night Drinks is a summer 2019 monthly feature profiling local beverages written by Lindsey MacDonald.


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