As a lover of both mixology and cultural exploration, stumbling upon The Newfoundland and Labrador Cocktail Book by Peter Wilkins was a delightful surprise. This engaging book promises to take readers on a liquid journey through the heart and soul of Newfoundland and Labrador, capturing the essence of its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes in every sip.
Peter Wilkins masterfully combines mixology with storytelling, showcasing his love and respect for the region’s rich history and diverse traditions. Each cocktail is not just a drink but a portal into the heart of Newfoundland and Labrador. From the bustling city of St. John’s to the serene coastal villages, the book takes us on a delightful journey that awakens the senses.
The true star of The Newfoundland and Labrador Cocktail Book is undoubtedly its collection of cocktails, which are creative, refreshing, and brimming with local flavors. Wilkins artfully infuses each recipe with unique ingredients inspired by the region’s abundant resources. Whether it’s using local berries, spruce tips, or seaweed, the cocktails embody the essence of Newfoundland and Labrador’s terroir. We also explore cocktails through the eyes of bars, breweries and restaurants in its own section of the book, including Midnight Haze from Baba O’s Smoke & Grill in Labrador City and Chaga Nog at the Bootleg Brew Co in Corner Brook.
Some of Peter’s and my fall favourites:
Harvest Moon – A sipping cocktail using bakeapple jam, honey syrup and mint utilizing Gunpowder & Rose Rum. The perfect drink to watch the waning moon. Go to our Recipe section to whip up this Newfoundland favourite! https://thenewfoundlanddistillery.com/collections/online-spirits/products/gunpowderroserum
Smugglers’ Harvest – ask for this cocktail at the Smugglers Cove Roadhouse Patio-Bar & Grill in Burin NL where they welcome rogues, rascals and renegades…a spiced simple syrup cocktail that will warm your bones. https://smugglerscovenl.com/
Boulevardier – a simple twist on a Negroni transporting you to the cafes of Paris or Montreal with dashes of Sweet Gale & Wild Rose Bitters. Warm your body and spirit with this drink in our Recipe section. https://thenewfoundlanddistillery.com/collections/online-spirits/products/5404c1ec-cdba-4033-b9f0-837f2bf2f3c4?variant=32116750221423
In addition to the impressive cocktail recipes, the book boasts stunning photography that transports readers to the picturesque landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador. Each page offers a visual feast of breathtaking seascapes, charming fishing villages, and vibrant city scenes, enhancing the reading experience.
Wilkins does not simply present a list of recipes; he invites readers on a captivating journey, recounting the stories behind each cocktail and the cultural significance they hold. The book’s engaging narratives provide a deeper appreciation for the drinks, allowing readers to connect with the history and people of Newfoundland and Labrador on a personal level.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Cocktail Book by Peter Wilkins is a must-have for any cocktail enthusiast, travel lover, or anyone seeking a delightful escape through the art of mixology. Wilkins has successfully crafted more than just a cocktail book; it’s a celebration of a region’s spirit and a toast to its unique heritage.
Through his beautifully curated cocktail recipes and captivating storytelling, Wilkins reminds us that the world of mixology is not just about concocting drinks; it’s a bridge that connects cultures, memories, and experiences. So, whether you’re an avid home bartender or simply curious about the flavors of Newfoundland and Labrador, this book promises to be an enriching and satisfying addition to your collection. Cheers to The Newfoundland and Labrador Cocktail Book – a delightful expedition of taste and culture! Be sure to get a copy at https://thenewfoundlanddistillery.com/collections/online-spirits or head to our Giveaway section to win your book…you’ll want to stock up now!
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