12 cocktail ideas for a night out… at home!

This fall, with outings out for a while, why not become a mixologist at home? There’s a large selection of spirits you can use, from whisky to spiced rum to tequila, vodka, gin, and vermouth.

Photo: Marie des neiges Magnan

Explore the world of cocktails with our delicious recipes, some simple, others more unique. It’s a great introduction to the art of mixology and the perfect way to discover new products. Looking for a gourmet cocktail, an exotic drink, or a new take on a classic? Everything is possible and within reach!

12 cocktails for a discovery-filled fall

1. Tweed

Add a Nordic, local touch to this cocktail with Ungava gin, made with herbs and boreal berries, hand-picked in the Nord-du-Québec region. With the growing popularity of bitter cocktails over the past few years, the Tweed is a delicious new take on the classic martini, and it has everything to please for cocktail hour!

Ingredients

45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) dry gin
90 mL (3 oz.) dry vermouth
A few drops of Angostura bitters
Ice cubes
Orange twist

Preparation

Combine all the ingredients, minus the orange twist, in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass using an ice strainer. Garnish with an orange twist on a pick.

  1. Taste tag : Gin - Forest plant/BorealType of spirits : Base
    Made in Québec
    Ungava Dry gin | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $36.00
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

2. Penicillin

Have you tried whisky in cocktails? For a successful first, try the Penicillin: a refreshing take on the popular Whisky Sour, with a hint of smokiness and exotic flavours. Aged 12 years and with complex aromas combining cooked fruit, butterscotch, and orange zest, the Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky is the perfect choice for this cocktail.

Ingredients

45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) Johnnie Walker Black Label
22 mL (3/4 oz.) fresh lemon juice
22 mL (3/4 oz.) honey syrup (dilute 1 part honey in 1 part water over low heat)
15 mL (1/2 oz.) ginger liqueur
2 dashes aromatic bitter

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, and strain in an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a thin slice of ginger.

  1. Taste tag : Medium-bodied and fruity
    Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old Scotch Blended Scotch whisky | 1.14 L United Kingdom , Scotland
    $79.00
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

3. Ginger rum

Looking for a cocktail ready in just minutes? This recipe combines traditional spiced rum aromas like cinnamon and caramel with Nordic spices 100% from Quebec with the Chic Choc spiced rum. And we love it! Definitely worth trying at your next virtual happy hour!

Ingredients

38 mL (1 1/4 oz.) spiced rum
120 mL (4 oz.) ginger soda
15 mL (1/2 oz.) fresh lime juice
Ice cubes

Preparation

Pour the spiced rum into a highball glass with a few ice cubes. Add the ginger soda. Next, add the fresh lime juice. Stir using a mixing spoon. Garnish.

  1. Taste tag : Rum - Vanilla and spicyType of spirits : BaseFlavour : Spice
    Bottled in Québec
    Chic Choc Spiced rum | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $34.75
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

4. Passion fruit Margarita

Chase those gloomy fall days away with a festive and exotic cocktail. Try Don Julio Blanco tequila, an exceptional quality product. It will take your cocktail to a whole new level. You’ll love the finesse of this tequila, as well as the perfectly balanced sweet and sour flavours featured in this recipe.

Ingredients

45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) Don Julio Blanco tequila
22 mL (3/4 oz.) fresh lime juice
1 passion fruit (flesh only)
15 mL (1/2 oz.) agave nectar

Preparation

Frost the rim of the glass with pink Himalayan salt. Mix all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  1. Bonus 500 pts
    Type of spirits : Base
    Don Julio Blanco Tequila | 750 ml Mexico , Jalisco
    $80.75
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

5. Gincredible

Gin lovers, meet the new wild-ginger-flavoured Ungava gin! Wild ginger adds a spicy note and bold character to this original Ungava gin recipe. Try it in a simple yet delicious cocktail made with lemon juice and maple syrup.

Ingredients 

45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) wild ginger UNGAVA gin
5 mL (1 tsp.) maple syrup
7 mL (1/4 oz) lemon juice
120 mL (4 oz.) sparkling water

Preparation

In a glass filled with ice cubes, pour the gin, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Add sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

  1. Bonus 500 pts
    Made in Québec
    Ungava Gingembre Sauvage Flavoured dry gin | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $38.50
    Not availableOnline AvailableIn store

6. Festive spritzer

Friday at last! Get into the spirit with a sparkling, refreshing cocktail. The Ketel One Botanical vodka with unique grapefruit and rose aromas is sure to add magic to your creation. With low alcohol content and featuring clean, natural flavours, this vodka is worth trying alone, on ice, or in simple cocktails, so you can appreciate all its nuances.

Ingredients

22 mL (3/4 oz.) fresh lime juice
15 mL (1/2 oz.) agave syrup
45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose vodka
Sparkling dry wine (like Prosecco)

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients, except the sparkling wine, in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a wine glass or highball glass filled with ice. Top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and a grapefruit twist.

  1. Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Vodka | 750 ml Netherlands
    $35.50
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

7. Apple racer

Apple is the star fruit of fall; it deserves its own cocktail. For a divine blend of flavours, combine the apple with Coureur des bois, a cream and maple syrup liqueur. Serve this gourmet cocktail for dessert, to end the evening on a high note!

Ingredients

30 mL (1 oz.) maple syrup cream liqueur
30 mL (1 oz.) ice cider
30 mL (1 oz.) natural apple juice
15 mL (1/2 oz.) 15% cream
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Ice cubes
Cinnamon powder

Preparation

Combine all the ingredients, except the cinnamon, in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain the content of the shaker into a chilled martini glass using an ice strainer. Sprinkle cinnamon powder over top.

  1. Type of spirits : CreamFlavour : Maple
    Bottled in Québec
    Coureur des Bois Cream beverage (maple) | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $30.00
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

8. Caramel and chocolate

Just like hiking in nature and picking activities, warm drinks are also part of fall’s little pleasures. Hot cider, flavoured coffee, hot chocolate… who doesn’t like sipping a warm drink, all decked out in their most cozy sweater? For a sweet experience, add Baileys salted caramel to your hot chocolate. You’ll love the sweet and salty contrast and the richness of this creamy drink!

Ingredients

60 mL (2 oz.) Baileys salted caramel
90 mL (3 oz.) hot chocolate
Whipped cream

Preparation

Pour the Baileys salted caramel and the hot chocolate into a large cup. Garnish with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and decorate with softened caramels.

  1. Type of spirits : CreamFlavour : Caramel
    Baileys Salted Caramel Cream beverage (caramel) | 750 ml Ireland
    $30.75
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

9. Manhattan

Time for a classic, with a timeless cocktail classic: vermouth. Encourage local producers with the incredible Kayak 23, a red vermouth from here, with vegetal and red fruit notes. It’s an excellent choice for vintage cocktails like the Negroni, Americano, or Manhattan.

Ingredients

45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) Canadian whisky
20 mL (3/4 oz.) red vermouth
1 drop Angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry
5 or 6 ice cubes

Preparation

Pour the whisky, red vermouth, and Angostura bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir with a mixing spoon for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain the content of the mixing glass into a martini glass, using an ice strainer. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

  1. Bottled in Québec
    Kayak 23 Vermouth Red vermouth | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $19.95
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

10. Gin Fizz rosé

A delicious take on the original Gordon gin recipe from the 1880s, the new Gordon’s Premium Pink is a harmonious blend of red fruit and juniper berries. Its natural fresh strawberry and raspberry flavours make this one of the most popular in gins Quebec. For a simple, trendy cocktail, combine this pink gin with lemon juice, elderflower syrup, and sparkling water.

Ingredients

22 mL (3/4 oz.) lemon juice
15 mL (1/2 oz.) elderflower syrup
45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) Gordon’s Premium Pink
Sparkling water

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients, minus the sparkling water, in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a Copa glass filled with ice. Add sparkling water. Garnish with strawberries, raspberries, and mint leaves.

  1. Bonus 500 pts
    Taste tag : Gin - Fruity
    Bottled in Québec
    Gordon's Premium Pink Flavoured dry gin | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $24.85
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

11. Banana split

Add a little taste of summer to your cocktails with spiced rum! The more daring will be charmed by Quebec’s Chic Choc black spiced rum, made with wild spices from the Chic-Choc Mountains and aged rums.

Ingredients

45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) spiced rum
15 mL (1/2 oz.) citrus liqueur
45 mL (1 1/2 oz.) lime juice
1 tsp. sugar
1 banana
Ice cubes
1 maraschino cherries

Preparation

Place all the ingredients, minus the maraschino cherry, in a blender. Mix at low speed for 5 seconds, then at maximum speed until you get the desired consistency. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino on a pick.

  1. Taste tag : Rum - Vanilla and roasted
    Bottled in Québec
    Chic Choc Black Spiced Rum Spiced rum | 750 ml Canada , Quebec
    $37.75
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store

12. Seville Negroni

For a new take on a much-loved classic like the Negroni, Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla has everything you need! Made with Sevilla sweet-and-sour oranges, this flavoured gin has just the right amount of freshness and bitterness. If you’re a fan of London Dry Gin and its botanical ingredients, you’ll love the perfect balance created by the Sevilla orange aromas.

Ingredients

22 mL (3/4 oz.) Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla gin
22 mL (3/4 oz.) red vermouth (mild)
22 mL (3/4 oz.) bitter aperitif

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice, until completely cooled. You can also use a mixing glass if you have one and then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist

  1. Bonus 500 pts
    Taste tag : Gin - Citrus
    Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Flavoured dry gin | 750 ml United Kingdom , Scotland
    $29.70
    AvailableOnline AvailableIn store