Located a mere 15 minutes from downtown Saskatoon outside the west side of city, (along Valley Road) is the recently opened family run, boutique distillery, Black Fox Spirits. What makes this distillery already stand apart from the crowd is that 95% of their ingredients are grown onsite where the family farms 80 acres, and rents additional land to grow grains for their spirits.
“Our passions for agriculture guides us.” ~ Black Fox Spirits website
Only celebrating its grand opening November 7, the farm-based outfit is quickly gaining steam with its early offerings of gin and vodka varieties, and three tasty liqueurs. The distillery includes a storefront where all products can be purchased and also a space selling and showcasing local artwork.
So far according to owner Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote, the top seller are their selection of gins, but the three liqueurs, Raspberry, Honey Ginger and Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant) are also starting to fly off the shelves.
I can vouch for the Crème de Cassis – yum!
In the spirit of the holiday season, Barb shared with me some of Blackfox Spirit’s favourite recipes that I am more than happy to pass onto you.
Cocktail #1: Hot buttered Gin and Ginger
Come in from the cold and enjoy this delectable warm bevvy.
Add two heaping spoonful’s of butter mixture along with Honey Ginger liqueur and BlackFox Gin #3. Top with boiling water and mix. Sprinkle a bit of fresh grated nutmeg and voila!
In your favourite mug add:
- 5 ounces Black Fox Honey Ginger Liquer
- .5 oz BlackFox Gin #3
- Fresh grated Nutmeg
- 2 tbsp Butter Mix
Start by melting butter and mixing in sugar until fully dissolved. Remove from the heat, mix in spices, and whisk in vanilla ice cream. Store in the freezer until chilled.
- 1 stick butter
- 5 cups brown sugar
- .5 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp allspice
- 2 tbsp maple sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 ml vanilla ice cream
Hint: Mix the butter mix up ahead of time to have extra on hand throughout the holidays!
Cocktail #2: Santa’s Special
A perfect mix for those who can’t get enough of the sweet tastes of the season!
In a candy cane rimmed glass add:
- 5 oz gin Black Fox Gin #4
- .5 oz white chocolate liqueur – suggest: Crème de Cacao
- 1 oz candy cane syrup
- Top with a sparkling dry white wine such as Martini Prosecco
Candy cane syrup directions:
Place 1 cup of water in a pot, and add 12-14 standard candy canes. Bring to boil stirring constantly careful to not let the candy canes stick or burn. Remove from heat after a few minutes and continue stirring until it is fully dissolved.
Cocktail #3: Kir Royale
A delicious drink with a rich history (read about it here). Easy to prepare, this light cocktail is best served aperitif, right before dinner.
Mix in a fluted wine glass:
- 1 oz Crème de Cassis
- Fill the rest of the glass with a sparkling white wine – suggested: Martini Prosecco
Stir and top of with a cherry, if desired.
Cocktail #4: The Comfort Kit
The simplest recipe of them all. After all, great doesn’t have to be complicated.
For the season cold try a shot of:
- Honey Ginger Liqueur
- One cozy Black Fox blanket