We're all seeking comfort right now so here's a beer, wine and whisky that will help you pour pleasure into a glass
Most people drink to take a load off, decompress at the end of a long day or to socialize with friends. At the root of this is a desire to feel at ease, to seek comfort. Here are some Canadian brews, wine and liquor that will help you make some comforting drinks.
A PB and J is the quintessential sandwich of many North American childhoods. Everyone has their own perfect method, whether it’s grape jelly or strawberry jam, smooth or crunchy peanut butter, crust or no crust. The one thing that links them all is the thrilling but familiar feeling of taking that first bite. People are looking for a little extra comfort nowadays and Collective Arts reflects that in this new offering. It’s based off their chocolate porter – so it’s already nice and rich – and then raspberry purée and a hint of peanut butter brings it together.
Collective Arts Brewing. $6.45/500 ml. Get it at Collective Arts (777 Dundas West, collectiveartsontario.com).
This award-winning whisky is considered one of Canada’s best. Made from 100 per cent rye and aged in new oak casks, it’s spicy and packs a punch with aromas of fruit, toffee and vanilla. It’s also a great slow sipper, neat or over ice. Have some fun and add it to a hot toddy, and swap lemon slices for oranges to offset the whisky’s intensity.
Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd, Windsor. $39.95/750 ml. Get it at the LCBO (lcbo.com).
Inspired by the fantastical realm of Alice In Wonderland, this Bordeaux blend from the Niagara region is made for comfort. With notes of cocoa, red currants and strawberries on the nose, and blackberries, raspberries, toasted oak and spice on the palate, it’s warm and delicious. Curl up with a glass of this medium-full bodied red and a book by the fire (or a fireplace video on Youtube).