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Classic Cocktails for Classic Occasions

Summer in New Brunswick is in full swing and that means that there is no shortage of traditional summer activities to enjoy around our beautiful Province. Although ANBL of course encourages everyone to enjoy our products responsibly, and in moderation, we realize that summer activities can often include summer drinks as well. So, with that in mind below are some great classic cocktails to pair with classic summer activities in order to break away from the cooler full of cans and give yourself an excuse to rediscover cocktails, and if you have a different pairing in mind take a photo and let us know on Instagram @ANBL.  


Cards at the cottage 

We’ve all been there, sitting in a cottage, camp, or kitchen at the end of a long summer day and feeling like its time to unwind. Nothing says Maritime relaxation quite like a spirited (pun intended) game of cards with old friends. Sitting around a table telling stories and jokes while counting to 15 playing crib is a very old-fashioned way to enjoy a summer evening so naturally your cocktail should be old fashioned as well… 

Old Fashioned




  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar 
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters 
  • 1 teaspoon water 
  • 2 ounces bourbon (Makers Mark 750ml) 
  • Garnish: orange peel 



- Add the sugar and bitters to a rocks glass, then add the water, and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved. 

- Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine. 

- Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in. 

Pre/Post dinner drinks on the patio 

Food tastes better on a patio, period. Summer evenings are at their best when you can sit with friends or family on a patio and enjoy the weather while the sun slowly sets… or let’s be honest, stays painfully high in the sky making it hard to get your kids to sleep at a reasonable hour. Nothing elevates a patio experience quite like a great drink either pre or post dinner and a classic Negroni cocktail is the perfect speed for this relaxing activity. Sip slowly while you enjoy the scenery.  





  • 1 ounce gin (Bombay Sapphire 1140ml) 
  • 1 ounce Campari (Campari 750ml) 
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth (Cinzano Rosso 1L) 
  • Garnish: orange peel 


- Add the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well-chilled. 

- Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. 

- Garnish with an orange peel. 

Hosting a BBQ

Nothing screams summer more than a BBQ with friends and family. Although the menus may vary from house to house the experience is usually standard, lots of food, lots of laughs, and a few cocktails along the way. For your next BBQ, pair it with a Dark ‘N’ Stormy, this refreshing cocktail will stand up well to traditional BBQ foods and may even bring out a few extra jokes from the host.  

Dark ‘N’ Stormy 




  • 2 ounces dark rum (Goslings Black Seal 750ml)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 candied ginger slice
  • 3 ounces chilled ginger beer
  • 1 lime wheel 


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Stir in the ginger beer. Skewer the ginger slice and lime wheel and garnish the cocktail. 

Beach/Lake/Pool Day 

Drinks just taste better on a sunny day near water, it’s that simple and there is “science” to back it up. We won’t bore you with the technical details, but New Brunswickers have been faithfully conducting this research for decades trust us. With that in mind, next time you are heading somewhere to cool off with a dip, plan to enjoy a Paloma. This classic Tequila cocktail is fun, and just a little bit salty which is why it pairs so well with New Brunwickers… or at least New Brunswick summers. Although we do encourage you to enjoy yourself, please always be mindful when consuming around water and of course enjoy responsibly.  





  • 2 oz-Patrón Silver. Or substitute Patrón Reposado.
  • 3 oz-Grapefruit soda (we suggest Fever Tree Grapefruit Soda)
  • .5 oz-Fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Grapefruit slice for garnish
  • Salt rim (optional) 


- Add all ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass and stir. 

- Garnish with a grapefruit slice. 


Lazy weekends (or weekdays if you are on vacation) are a great time to enjoy a beautiful brunch and ease into afternoon. The best part about Brunch is that it isn’t Breakfast, which means that there are more food options and often a drink option or two. Although Mimosa’s are a popular choice for Brunch, there is no more quintessential Atlantic Canadian Brunch cocktail than a classic Caesar. Maybe it’s the Maritime flavour of Clamato, maybe it’s the balance of spicey and savoury, or maybe it’s the fact that you can hide a “partial serving of vegetables” in it but many Maritimers LOVE themselves a well made Caesar. Next time you are getting your brunch on grab a Caesar and toast to the best made-up meal in history.  



(Paired with Absolut 750ml


  • Celery salt, to rim glass 
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka 
  • 4 ounces Clamato juice 
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce 
  • Prepared horseradish, to taste (optional) 
  • Garnish: cucumber spear 
  • Garnish: lime wedge 
  • Garnish: celery stalk 


- Coat the rim of a tall glass with celery salt, fill with ice and set aside. 

- Add the vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and horseradish into a mixing glass with ice. 

- Pour back and forth into another mixing glass a few times to combine. 

- Strain into the prepared glass. 

- Garnish with a cucumber spear, lime wedge and celery stalk.