Quebec Gins are breaking through the spirit market and are winning awards! Why not celebrate them for Quebec’s national holiday!
St. Jean Baptiste, La Fête Nationale… a three-day weekend? Whatever you call it, this weekend in Quebec, Canada is a three-day weekend to celebrate our province and of course I needed to do a themed post!
However, instead of making something blue and white – some blueberries and cream dessert or a layered drink – I thought celebrating one of my favourite spirits would be fun!
I LOVE GIN!
More importantly, I have discovered some great Quebec Gins, and they are definitely worth celebrating!
In the last couple of years Quebec has seen a boom in craft distilleries and micro-distilleries (and breweries!). A lot have admitted that their aim is to make Quebec Whiskey, and although those whiskeys are underway, Canadian federal law states that a spirit needs to be aged in wood for at least three years prior to it being sold as a whiskey… So as the whiskey ages, distilleries are experimenting in Gin making, and (my gosh!) the results are good.
I haven’t tried all Quebec Gins but I’ve been lucky enough to go to the SAQ (Quebec’s liquor stores) when the staff were feeling generous giving me the opportunity to try a couple gins store. The three I’ve chosen below are by no means a competition out of those I’ve tried, but those that I find great for the summer with suggestions for how I would drink them!
After trying Ungava it quickly became my family’s go to gin for anything. Gin & Tonic, Gin & Soda, Gin & Juice, Gin Bloody Mary and even Gin Caesars… Yes, don’t knock the Gin Bloody Mary/Caesar till you try it! How I like it? In a Tom Collins! The yellow hue (yep! the colour of the gin is actually yellow!) is a perfect pair with lemons! (P.S. I used Ungava in the Thai Red Chilli Basil Fizz recipe!)
Do you like cucumbers? Because if you’re cool as a cucumber you will love Romeo’s. Again this gin is great for Gin & Tonic and Gin & Soda. But the flavours of cucumber won’t necessarily mix with all juices and might get drowned out by a tomato mixer. My favourite way? Simple Gin & Tonic with slices of cucumber and lime and a couple of sprigs of cilantro!
Apart from it’s gorgeous label that it has won awards for, St. Laurent has an interestingly salty taste that is wonderful in a simple Gin & Soda. Two parts gin to one part soda, yeah I like ’em strong, and you think you’re by the sea side: where everything tastes slightly more salty and vacation-y.
Anywho! Hope you enjoy! And happy St. Jean! If you’re reading this, quebec origin products are on sale at the SAQ! perfect for this post!
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