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Cocktails & Dreams: Ep. 5 Dueling Winds

With the opening of patios across Ontario, it is safe to say summer has arrived. To celebrate, we invited Greg, from Umbrella Bar in Ottawa, to school us in the art of tiki-inspired cocktails. Duelling Winds is sure to blow your socks off; it’s filled with not one, but two types of rum, and packs a heap of tropical flavour. Enjoy!

If you haven’t been to Umbrella Bar, we recommend you check it out! The patio has stunning views of Dow’s Lake, a decadent menu, and an excellent selection of beer and cocktails.

Dueling Winds

1.5 oz Dark Rum
1 oz Gin
.75 oz Orange Curaçao
.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.5 oz Overproof Rum
1 oz Grapefruit
1 oz Lime
1 oz Falernum

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
2. Shake vigorously for 20 – 30 seconds
3. Strain into glass and top with crushed ice.
4. Garnish with mint and edible flowers
5. Enjoy!

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Cocktails & Dreams: Ep. 4 Cosmopolitan

Brandon is back with another classic cocktail that is just as easy to shake up for one as it is to prepare ahead for a crowd.
While it was made famous by four fictitious ladies in NYC, the Cosmopolitan has been around for a long time. It is a classic and timeless cocktail that balances tart and sweet perfectly – enjoy!


Vodka 2 oz
1 oz Orange Liqueur
2 oz Cranberry Juice
Juice of 1 Lime
Small handful of fresh cranberries for garnish

1. Combine vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a shaker with ice.
2. Shake vigorously for 20 – 30 seconds
3. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with fresh cranberries
4. Enjoy!

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Cocktails & Dreams: Ep. 3 Break the Ice

Effervescent & Refreshing

This week on Cocktails and Dreams, we’ve made you a beer cocktail that features Icebreaker Brut IPA!

Effervescent and refreshing, Break the Ice is the perfect cocktail to take the heat out of the first heatwave of 2020.

Break The Ice

Sugar 1/2 tsp
Splash of Soda Water
Sparkling Wine 3 oz
Icebreaker 5 oz
3 dashes of Ginger Bitters
Pear for garnish

1. Combine sugar and soda water in mixing vessel
2. Add and stir together sparkling wine, Icebreaker, and bitters.
3. Strain into chilled champagne coupe.
4. Enjoy!

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Cocktails & Dreams: Ep. 2 Dark and Stormy

Welcome to Cocktails & Dreams, where the bar is always open… because it’s at home.

Hold onto your hats! This week on Cocktails & Dreams, we’ve made a classic cocktail for you, Dark and Stormy. This cocktail is great to have in your repertoire; it’s easy to make and delicious to drink.

On this week’s episode, you’ll meet a new face! You might recognize him from Lakeside Brew Pub, our friendly, talented, and sometimes hard to understand bartender, Brandon!

Dark and Stormy

Screech 2 oz
Ginger Beer 8 oz
Lime Wedge
Rosemary 2 sprigs

1. Pour 2 oz of Screech into you mixing vessel
2. Remove the rosemary needles from stem and drop them in with the Screech, followed by a lime wedge. Muddle these three ingredients well.
3. Pour in ginger beer and stir well.
4. Pour your cocktail into a glass over ice.
5. Slap a sprig of rosemary and use it as garnish.
6. Enjoy!

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Cocktails & Dreams: Ep.1 Blood Moon Sangria

Blood Moon Sangria

Welcome to Cocktails & Dreams, where the bar is always open…because it’s at home.

Just in time for warmer weather, we are pleased to introduce you to our latest series that will help you whip, shake, or stir up the perfect cocktail for all your alfresco dining.

From traditional cocktails to beer-tails, we’re diving into the fine art of bartending and giving you recipes that you can make at home!

For our first episode, we’ve made the perfect long weekend recipe, Blood Moon Sangria. Enjoy!

Blood Moon Sangria

4 oz Red Wine (we used Merlot)
4 oz Blood Moon Blood Orange Sour
2 oz Orange Juice (we prefer pulp-free, but whatever you prefer works!)
1/2 tsp sugar
Splash of Soda Water
2 slices of Orange
2 slices of Lemon
2 slices of Lime
Mint for garnish

1. Combine sugar and soda water in vessel
2. Drop in 1 slice of orange, lemon, and lime. Use a mortar to squeeze out citrus juices and combine with sugar and soda water
3. Pour in red wine, Blood Moon, and orange juice and stir thoroughly
4. Pour into your glass and garnish with a slice of lemon, lime, orange, and a spring of mint
5. Enjoy!

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Ep. 3: Cooking with Beer – Midnight Stout Braised BBQ Ribs

Holy Hops! We’re already on Episode 3 of Cooking with Beer with Chris, and this week we have a mouthwatering dish for you that is perfect for BBQ season; Midnight Stout Braised BBQ Ribs. Juicy, tender, and full of flavour, we have a feeling these ribs will be on repeat all summer long.

Midnight Stout Braised BBQ Ribs
Rib Ingredients:
– Rack of side ribs (or back if you prefer)
– 2 Cans Tomato Paste
– 2 Onions
– 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika, Chilli Powder, Cayenne, Cumin Seed, Fennel Seed, Turmeric
– 1 tsp Cinnamon, Ground Clove
– 75 ml Worcestershire Sauce
– 2-3 tsp hot mustard
– Thumb-size Piece of Fresh Ginger
– 4 Cloves Garlic
– 25 ml Apple Cider Vinegar
– 3 cans of Midnight Stout (If needed, you can use 2 cans and replace 1 can with water/stock)
Salt and Pepper (a few generous pinches of each)


8 Yellow Potatoes
– 1 Cup Butter
– 2-3 tbsp Sour Cream
– 2-3 tsp Hot Mustard or Horseradish
– Salt and Pepper to taste


– 2 cups Greek Yogurt
– 25 ml Apple Cider Vinegar
– 1 Red Cabbage
– Salt and Pepper to taste

Coming soon! In the meantime, check out our video on IGTV or Facebook.

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Ep. 2: Cooking with Beer – Farmer’s Daughter Mac’n’Cheese

Easter Dinner may not look the same this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be as delicious! This week we have epitomized comfort food with our Farmer’s Daughter Mac’n’Cheese! As Chris would say, you’ll want to ‘tuck in’ to this gooey bowl of goodness before the video is through!

Farmer’s Daughter Mac’n’Cheese
8 cups of Cooked Macaroni Elbows
1/4 cup Butter
2 Roasted Garlic Cloves (minced)
1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
2 1/2 cups 2% Milk
1/4 cup 35% Cream
3/4 cup Farmer Daughter
1 cup Shredded Parmesan
3 cups Grated Aged Cheddar

1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and add flour to make the roux.
2. Add garlic and salt/pepper. Cook for about 3/4 minutes.
3. Add beer, milk and cream. Bring to a simmer and keep it there until thickened. While still at a simmer, add Parmesan and cheddar slowly while whisking to incorporate cheese into sauce.
4. Add macaroni to sauce. Top with panko (bread crumbs) and bake until golden if crusty top is desired.

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Ep. 1: Cooking with Beer – Whistling Paddler Honey Bread & Class V Hummus

Are you seeking kitchen inspiration during these times? Look no further. Our Head Chef, Sarah, whipped up a couple of great recipes for you to try at home, and our President and Co-Founder, Chris, was kind enough to film a play-by-play for you. Enjoy!

Whistling Paddler Honey Bread

12 oz Whistling Paddler
3 cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/4 cup Honey
6 Tablespoons Butter (cold and cut into slices)
Pinch of Kosher Salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F; grease 9×5 bread pan.
2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Pour in beer and honey. Mix until just combined.
4. Pour batter into pan and put butter slices on top.
5. Bake for 45-55 min.

Class V Hummus

200 fl oz Can of Chick Peas (drained)
2 Cloves of garlic
1/4 cup Tahini
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Class V IPA

1. Combine all ingredients except beer in food processor using the S Blade.
2. Slowly incorporate beer; scrape sides.
3. Chill for 2 hours.