CRE8 Cocktail: Spirit of Canada + Pink Lady

Cre8 Eco Vodka CRE8ion: Spirit of Canada

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Here's a fun infusion that I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out.

CRE8ion by Keegan McGregor

So I divided up my bottle of Cre8 Vodka and took two different, yet similar, approaches.

I had this idea of using all local ingredients, so that meant no citrus fruits or anything from outside the province/Canada, and whatever I could find in my backyard (literally).

I called this one “Spirit of Canada”

Man, oh man, the liqueur won. I was using it like I would Creme de Cassis or any other berry liqueur, but it had this earthy piney quality to it.

If I were to remake this, I’d maybe just swap out the sumac for zest of 1/2 a lemon, add some more pine needles, and maybe… just maybe add an apple to it to create more depth.

*This liqueur also goes extremely well with some sparkling apple cider if you can get yours hands on any at a local market.

  • 1 pint / 170g Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp Pine needles
  • 1 tsp Sumac

So to start, I diluted my vodka to 60% because I was a little unsure of how two of the ingredients would react at a higher ABV.

I let that all infuse for 24 hours. I was unsure how to Sumac would infuse, so I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. For those who don’t know, Sumac is native to Canada, especially out east, and has an earthy and citrusy characteristic to it.
I was also nervous how the pine needles would react, and in the end… I’d actually use more pine needles.

So after the 24 hours I divided the infusion between two bottles. In one bottle, I kept it to be more of a 40% spirit, but added a tiny bit of sugar to help bring out the sweetness of the blueberry. In the other bottle, I added equal parts rich syrup (so 2 parts white sugar:1 part water) to make it into a liqueur.

The Cocktail:

For a cocktail, I did a take on a Pink Lady:

  • 1oz Cre8 Vodka
  • 1/2oz Spirit of Canada Liqueur
  • 1/4oz Apple Brandy/Calvados
  • 3/4oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2oz Simple Syrup
  • Egg White

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