We are lucky to have a bunch of talented people in our local community and across Ontario who have turned their passions into producing high-quality goods.

This article features just a few of these businesses as we fuse together their products into delicious cocktails!

Most of these items are available for delivery directly from the businesses themselves, and some are available through On The Move Organics.

Are you ready to get your drink on?

Spiked Peppermint Mocha

The idea behind this drink started Christmas 2019 when my sister gifted me my first bottle of Junction 56 Rheo Thompson Mint Smoothie liqueur. I poured some into my chocolate latte, and the holidays felt a little more festive from then on. Junction 56 distillery is located in the quaint town of Stratford. This distillery loves to keep things local by using 100% Ontario-grown grains along with sourcing other ingredients from nearby businesses. Also included in this recipe is Dark Mint Chocolate by Camino, a Canadian brand based in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Camino is socially conscious, sourcing its organic fair-trade ingredients from small-scale farmers. I thoroughly enjoyed finishing the bar off once I was done taking photos.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp mocha sauce plus more for drizzling
  • 1 shot of espresso made from finely ground Patrick’s Beans
  • 1 shot  Junction 56 Rheo Thompson Mint Smoothie Liqueur
  • ½ cup steamed milk
  • Whipped cream and shaved Camino Dark Mint Chocolate for topping

Instructions

Start with pouring the tablespoon of mocha sauce in the glass, add in the espresso and shot of Rheo Thompson Mint Smoothie Liqueur. Next, pour in the steamed milk, top with whipped cream and a drizzle of mocha sauce. Finish with a sprinkle of the shaved Camino Dark Mint Chocolate.

Brew Screw

I didn’t enjoy drinking beer for years. Everything changed when I placed my first order with London Brewing Co-operative and tried one of their sour beers. I instantly fell in love. Now, I always have a stock of local sours in my fridge, and I usually try to get my hands on any new sours that come out. London Brewing is a certified organic brewery that is community-minded and focuses on supporting local businesses/farmers and being environmentally conscious. This drink combines a beermosa with a screwdriver. It contains London Brewing‘s Organic Kumquat Sour along with Union Ten Distillery‘s Angry Goose Vodka and orange juice.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Union Ten Angry Goose Vodka
  • 3 oz London Brewing Organic Kumquat Sour
  • 3 oz Orange Juice
  • Ice

Instructions

Pour the vodka into a glass, add in the London Brewing Organic Kumquat Sour beer then the orange Juice. Stir and fill with Ice.

Eggnog Latte Cocktail

I’m the type of person that will buy one carton of eggnog a year just to get a taste of it over the holidays. That was until I discovered the wonderful world of eggnog lattes and even better yet, eggnog latte cocktails! The local ingredients in this drink are Union Ten Canadian Applejack and Espresso made with finely ground velvet hammer coffee from Patrick’s Beans. Usually, a darker roast is used for an espresso, but I sometimes prefer a medium roast. I had the coffee delivered by On The Move Organics, but Patrick’s Beans does offer their own delivery. Their coffee can also be found at multiple local businesses. Patrick’s Beans is a London-based coffee roaster that uses organic ethically sourced beans for each small batch roast. Patrick’s philosophy when making his business decisions is to ask himself if his choice is good for the people, the local communities, and the environment.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 shots of espresso
  • 1 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Union Ten Canadian Apple Jack
  • 2/3 cup of Eggnog frothed until mostly foam
  • Nutmeg for sprinkling

Instructions

Using an electric frother, place the eggnog in and power it on. While that is going, brew your espresso, pour into a mug then add in the Kahlua and Union Ten Canadian Apple Jack. Stir these together then follow with the frothed eggnog. Finish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Madras Cocktail

Cranberry and orange are one of those flavour combos that I just can’t get enough of. This Madras cocktail uses Vodka from Top Shelf Distillers which was delivered by On The Move Organics. Top Shelf Distillers is located in Perth, Ontario and uses locally sourced ingredients all within an hour’s drive from their distillery. One of the things that I love about Top Shelf is their environmental consciousness. They partake in multiple initiatives to reduce their environmental impact such as waste reduction, pollinator gardens and transitioning to solar energy.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Top Shelf Distillers Vodka
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Ice
  • Optional Garnishes: Cranberries, Rosemary Sprig, Orange Slice

Instructions

Pour Top Shelf Distillers vodka, cranberry juice and orange juice into a glass full of ice. Squeeze a wedge of lime in then stir. Add optional garnishes if desired.

Apple Butter Jeans

This drink was originally created in the fall, but the flavours still work well in the winter months. It uses apple butter for a more concentrated and warm apple flavour. I made my own apple butter using apples from Apple Land Station but you may be able to find some pre-made at markets. The other local ingredients are Junction 56 Purple Gin and Booch Ginger Kombucha. Established in 2014, Booch Organic Kombucha is a London based manufacturer of kombucha and jun. They are a business that puts their core values into their product and everyday operations. The passion behind the products shines through, and Booch is by far my favourite brand of kombucha.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Junction 56 Purple Gin
  • 1.5 tbsp apple butter
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • 3 oz dry hard cider
  • 2 oz Booch Ginger Kombucha
  • Ice
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Optional Garnishes: Cinnamon and Turbinado sugar rim, Cinnamon stick, Apple slices

Instructions

Start off with adding Junction 56 Purple Gin, apple butter and maple syrup into a glass. Stir until combined. Add in ice then pour in the hard cider followed by the Booch ginger kombucha. Give it another stir and finish off with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Winter Solstice

I like to view the Winter Solstice as a New Year’s Eve, because after the longest night, the daylight slowly grows, leading to dreams of warm summer weather. I incorporated that idea into the colour scheme of this drink. The local ingredients in this cocktail are Blueberry Holy Basil Booch Organic Kombucha and Union Ten Grey Jay Gin. This gin is a gorgeous shade of purple and has a smooth fruity flavour. Located in Old East Village, Union Ten Distilling Co opened their doors in May of 2019 and quickly became a much-loved destination in London. They aim to make a difference by using thoughtfully-sourced ingredients along with teaching visitors about distilling and the rich artisanal history of our community. Union Ten strives to be unique which shines through in its collection of premium spirits.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons blue curacao
  • 1.5 oz Union Ten Grey Jay Gin
  • 2 oz Blueberry Holy Basil Booch Kombucha
  • Top with lemonade
  • Ice
  • Garnish: blueberries and a lemon twirl

Instructions

Place the blue curacao into a glass and add in a small amount of ice. In order to get the layered effect, you will take a spoon and hold it upside down just above the curacao. Slowly pour the gin over the spoon. You can add in another small amount of ice at this point. Using the spoon method again, pour the Blueberry Holy Basil Booch kombucha in followed by the lemonade. Finish by adding the garnishes.

Enjoy!

Supporting local means investing in our community which makes for a more resilient and animated place for us to experience. London has grown a lot over the years and it is heartwarming to see the innovative and unique ideas coming from all of the small businesses in our local community and provincially.

Enjoying an alcoholic beverage can be a great way to unwind or add to a celebration as long as it is done in moderation. If you choose to treat yourself just make sure to sip, enjoy and drink responsibly. Cheers!

All photography by Carrie Freele.

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