2022 Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 18 – Snowy Orchard. Feeling a bit like Ina Garten suggesting the inclusion of Kalamansi Citrus Vinegar in this mocktail recipe but it really is the best option if you can get your hands on it. If not, apple cider vinegar will suffice, in a pinch.
It’s Sober Sunday once again and this might be my favourite drink from the entire calendar. The Snowy Orchard Mocktail is proof that “alcohol-free” is definitely not synonymous with “flavour-free”. This concoction is the ideal balance of sweet, spicy, and acidic.
If your fridge doesn’t have a built-in crushed ice maker, you will need to put in a little sweat equity to smash up regular old cubes into fluffy mounds of crushed ice. But using a Lewis bag and mallet to smash the shit out of ice is half the fun of home bartending, in my view.
If you’re based here in Ottawa, you can source Kalamansi Citrus Vinegar locally at Jacobson’s in New Edinburgh. If you’re based elsewhere, look for it at a local gourmet food store and keep your fingers firmly crossed – or look to order online.
I love to use apple cider in cocktails but the flavour profile can become a bit trite over time. This recipe is a real departure from what you might expect in an apple cider drink and I couldn’t be happier with how turned out.
It’s hard to believe Christmas Day is only a week away. I hope you’ve done all your holiday shopping but if you still have a few names to cross off your list, I highly recommend you shop local and/or secondhand if you can.
If you’re in the Nation’s Capital and wondering where to go for those last-minute gifts, here are some of my favourites:
This is by no means an exhaustive list – just a few spots I like to visit when I’m looking for a little something special.
This Snowy Orchard Mocktail is the perfect post-shopping treat to sip on – and you’ll still have all your faculties when it’s time to wrestle with some gift wrap. Personally, wrapping presents is one of my favourite parts of the season, I love to make the packaging just as beautiful as what’s inside, and it’s kind of like garnishing a cocktail, so that doesn’t hurt.
I hope you’ll join me on Instagram Stories tonight at 5 p.m. Eastern as I shake up this Snowy Orchard Mocktail!
Feeling a bit like Ina Garten suggesting the inclusion of Kalamansi Citrus Vinegar in this mocktail recipe but it really is the best option if you can get your hands on it. If not, apple cider vinegar will suffice, in a pinch.