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Get cozy this season with this unique hot toddy recipe Historians think the hot toddy originated in India as a quasi-cure to the common cold. Whisky doesn’t heal you, but combined with honey, lemon and hot water, it soothes your throat, allowing you to momentarily forget your cold symptoms.   But you don’t have to be… Read More»

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Add some PUNCH to your holiday celebration

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Punch is making a comeback this holiday season. And we don’t mean the bright red syrup with floating foreign objects that triggers college flashbacks. We’re talking real punch, made with artisanal Atlantic-crafted spirits and local seasonal ingredients. East Coast Living partnered with four Atlantic distilleries to bring you the best holiday gin punch. Punch dates… Read More»

‘Tis apple season

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Forget pumpkins. In Nova Scotia, it’s all about apples in the fall. And what better way to celebrate than with a locally-made, apple-infused cocktail?

Time for tea

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Afternoon and high teas are making a comeback Once a cherished way to spend time with friends and family, afternoon and high teas are back in fashion.  “I think it feels traditional or nostalgic,” says Angela Barclay, general manager of Red Oak Catering, which runs the Rooms Café in St. John’s, Nfld. “It’s a throwback… Read More»

Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

Planning a much-needed girls’ weekend?

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From yoga to guided hikes, it’s time to think outside the box As I placed the last linen napkin on my outdoor table, I smiled. In just a few short hours I would be surrounded by my girlfriends, in what felt like a long overdue reunion. It had been pre-pandemic since I’d seen a few… Read More»

Photo: John Cullen

Sparkling wines of summer

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A tour of the East Coast’s newest bubblies According to Salvador Dalí, great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it. In Atlantic Canada, we have it all. And if “struggling vines make great wines,”… Read More»

Alex Rice

Spirits, sodas, suds, cider and… wine

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How did Alex Rice’s cup get so full? If Alex Rice was to write the origin story of the Nova Scotia Spirit Company, he might begin with a conversation that happened over beers with a buddy in Burnaby B.C., or he could begin to spin a tale that involves an old laundromat, a couple of… Read More»

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High spirits at Deep Roots Distillery

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Once wildly popular and banned for a century, absinthe is enjoying a resurgence Absinthe isn’t everybody’s drink. The green-hued spirit was the alcoholic beverage of choice, a muse even, for bohemian writers, artists and intellectuals in Paris from the mid-1880s until the outbreak of the First World War. A widespread belief that it induced hallucinations… Read More»

Danny Le mixes up one of his Harvest cocktails. Photo by Tobias Romaniuk

Cheers! Fall’s here!

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St. John’s bartender Danny Le shares the ethos behind his new harvest cocktails “Chinched” is Newfoundland slang for full, and Chinched Restaurant and Deli in St. John’s earns the name. Over the past 11 years, the restaurant has become well-known for its locally sourced ingredients and nose-to-tail approach to dining. Michelle LeBlanc and Shaun Hussey… Read More»

Karen Kerr and husband Rod unwind on the dock outside of their home in Millet Lake, NS. Karen believes you can have it all with no alcohol. Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire

Take the buzz out of summer

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Are you ready to join the sober curious? As a holistic nutritional consultant and yoga instructor, I take my health seriously, but “I really don’t think I can do this” was the thought loop running through my head in April 2017 as I embarked on my Year of Clean Living.  It was a year-long challenge… Read More»

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