Winter is coming | Blog #82

What a great time of year to get your thoughts turning to all things whisky. Apart from the huge amount of whisky related consumer events coming up there is just that chill in the air confirming that warming drams will be a mainstay to help get you through the long cold months ahead.

To kick the Autumn season off right my wife and I jumped into a little creative whisky warmer.

Boasting a fair amount of warming kick and some potential snuggle worthy time in front of the fire this is a whisky based fall drink not to be missed.

Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky


4 parts milk
1 cinnamon stick
2 parts whisky
1 part Frangelico
1 tablespoon whipped cream per individual serving
pinch of cinnamon (for garnish)

Bring the milk and cinnamon stick to a simmer in a thick-bottomed pot over low heat. Allow to gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring constantly (if you don’t stir constantly, the milk on the bottom of the pan will start to cook onto it, and the next time you stir the pot little cooked milk bits will mix into the liquid. Not so fun.) Remove from heat, remove the cinnamon stick, and pour the milk into the serving glass. Add the whiskey and the Frangelico and stir to combine. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve immediately.

We used a nice Highland dram for this as we did not want anything too heavy competing with the cinnamon and cream. Grab something handy from your collection that has a bit of fruit and a touch a sweetness.

Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky

Whisky can be such a great base for so many drinks. Using decent whisky is a must. There is no doubt that the best cocktails I have ever had included only the best ingredients and especially the best whiskies. It’s like using great wine for cooking. The better the base the more flavorful the result.

Write in and give us some of your favorite warming drinks. We will work through all the entries and spend some time “testing” the best and post the most delicious on the blog in December. The winning entry will receive a set of 2 Angel’s Share glass Pot Still cocktail stirrer’s.

This is such a pretty time of year as the great outdoors puts on an amazing display of color. Enjoy it all while the leaves hold on as everyone in Alberta knows fall is just a speed bump in Winter’s path.

We have had a lot of you readers asking what events Secret Spirits will be participating in between now and Christmas.

Here is a short list of events that you can find us at:

October 3rd – Rocky Mountain Smokeout – Stoney Nakota Casino (sorry you missed a great night)

October 16th and 17th – Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival – Calgary

October 30th – Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Sneak Peek – Wine and Beyond McTaggart Edmonton

November 4th and 5th – Zyn the Wine Market – Whisky Tasting and Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar sneak peek

November 4th – Whisky in the Warehouse Willow Park

November 6th and 7th – Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival – Edmonton

November 7th – Whiskies of the World Festival – Co-op Calgary

November 10th and 11th – Wine and Beyond Whisky Week Windermere and Emerald Hills – Edmonton

November 19th – Whisky fundraising event in Red Deer in conjunction with Liquor Crossing – Red Deer

November 20th – Single Cask Whisky tasting at Andrew Hilton Wines and Spirits – Lethbridge

November 21st – Crowfoot Wine and Spirits Whisky Festival – Calgary

November 28th – Whisky evening at Point McKay Wines and Spirits – Calgary

December 1st  – Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 2nd Edition Launch Party. By invitation only.

I hope to see you at least once to one of these amazing events.


*Photos compliments of our fav food photographer Eva Kosmas Flores

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