Friday Night Drinks – June

Good Cheer Month: DrinksIt 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. 

Whether you are hosting a summer barbecue or unwinding after a long work week, there is no better way to cool off then a refreshing white wine sangria! This month we have a recipe for just that, along with new products from Compass Distillers, Sober Island Brewing Company, Propeller Brewing Company, Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery and Shipwright Brewing Company


Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Photo of Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Cheers to the start of another beautiful summer in Nova Scotia! And nothing says summer more than sweet strawberries and refreshing lemonade. Together, with a bottle of crisp Nova Scotia Tidal Bay, they taste even better! This summer spend more time relaxing by the water’s edge with this easy sangria recipe featuring Tangled Garden’s Sensual Strawberry Liquor. 


1 bottle Tidal Bay
8 oz Tangled Garden Sensual Strawberry Liqueur
3 oz Nova Scotia vodka
5 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
7-10 sliced strawberries
1 sliced lemon
sparkling water or refreshing sparkling wine


Makes: one pitcher

  1. Take a large pitcher and add sliced strawberries and lemons. 
  2. Pour in white wine, strawberry liqueur, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.
  3. Top with sparkling water or sparkling wine and give the mixture a light stir.
  4. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Recipe provided by: Lindsey MacDonald

Local Source Guide

Vodka: Raging Crow Distillery Inc., Ironworks Distillery, Barrelling Tide Distillery, Still Fired Distilleries, Steinhart Distillery, Compass Distillers.

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

Tangled Garden products: Order online from their website or pick up at select Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia locations.


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!

Photo of bottles from Compass Distillers

Explore the past and taste the present with Compass Distillers 

This month Compass Distillers introduced three new spirits as part of their new Citadel Distilled Experience taking place at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. 


Photo of a solider in uniform holding a can of Sober Island Brewing Company's beer

Show your Military Pride with Sober Island Brewing Company 

This super-easy drinking Blonde Ale from Sober Island Brewing Company should be consumed with pride as it celebrates the group of friends and family that is the 5th Division. Low bitterness, and a touch of honey malt gives this beer roundness. 


Photo of Propeller Brett IPA

Sparkling bubbles, bitters, ACID and funk is what Propeller Brewing Company is serving up 


Photo of a bottle of Lightfoot and Wolfville Product

The Terroir Series’ perfect Summer Wine 

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards’ 2018 Terroir Series Scheurebe: Relatively obscure in North America, with less than 10-acres planted in all of Canada, Scheurebe is a German vinifera grape variety and relative of Riesling which is characterized by an exuberantly aromatic and tropical profile. Nova Scotia’s cool-climate provides freshness and vibrancy, melding with the inherent aromatic intensity of the Scheurebe grape to create a truly unique expression. The late spring frost of the 2018 vintage meant crop levels were lower than average, ultimately enhancing aromatic potential and quality.


New Brews from Shipwright Brewing Company 


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


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