merry mastiqua – a holiday drink older than christmas

Mike Chatham photographed at Evoo Greek Kitchen on Preston Street.

It was great to drop in yesterday to photograph Mike Chatham at Evoo, my favourite Greek restaurant in Ottawa! Mike prepared this cool non-alcoholic cocktail the Merry Mastiqua, made from Mastiqua natually flavoured water, lemon, cucumber and fresh dark opal basil. The super refreshing Mastiqua water is flavoured with the resin of the Greek Mastiha tree which has been cherished for its unique properties since ancient times. Thanks Mike!


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the bartender’s choice is always amazing

Owner Sean McCoy photographed at Aperativo in Kanata.

If you haven’t been out to experience Aperitivo in Centrum plaza yet, you’ve truly been missing one of Ottawa’s best restaurants. The food is amazing, the wine list is incredible and the service is second to none. In addition to great food, Sean and his team are more than happy to offer their guests special non-alcoholic drinks to accompany their meal – the treat is that it’s a different drink depending who’s on service! Sean’s bartender’s choice is made with lime, cucumber, rich simple syrup and soda – super refreshing and so tasty!


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japanese elegance and so festively refreshing

Yuna Park photographed at Kiko Sushi Bar on Preston.

Like many, I’m a hard core regular at Kiko Sushi Bar on Preston, so I was so pleased when they agreed to show off one of their non-alcoholic holiday drinks for us – the Holiday Plum Soda. If you’re in at Kiko for a Christmas celebration, this Japanese virgin cocktail is super refreshing and perfect if you’re the designated driver or prefer something non-alcoholic!  :)


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making room for cool non-alcoholic cocktails

Jon Miller photographed downtown at The Albion Rooms.

The Albion Rooms in The Novotel Hotel is one of Ottawa’s best bars for cocktails, and they were super excited to share this delicious non-alcoholic drink with us – The Spiced Shrub! Like every great cocktail, ingredients mean everything including this refreshing drink. The Spiced Shrub is made with house cider berry shrub, fresh lime and locally made Harvey & Vern’s Ginger Beer – so awesome and so great if you’re the designated driver!


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the belmont – where cool and interesting meets healthy

Adrian and Will photographed at The Belmont in Old Ottawa South.

There’s a new cool spot in town in Old Ottawa South – The Belmont Snack Bar! As as much as their aesthetic pays tribute to vintage and reclaims the past, their menu has a commitment to the interesting and the healthy. Adrian the owner, also has a commitment to offering interesting alternatives to their awesome cocktail list for folks looking for something non-alcoholic – like this delicious and natural Sweet Tamarind Tea. Thanks Will for passionately perfecting it for our 12 days of safe Christmas celebrating series!


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the clocktower whips up a pretty tasty cocoa picante

Bartender Mike Libbos photographed at the Westboro Clocktower.

The Clocktower Brew Pub is Ottawa’s longest operating locally run brewpub in town and brews some pretty amazing and really unique beers – and they’re just as passionate about community as they are about brewing great beer. When I asked the folks at The Clocktower to be involved in our 12 days of safe Christmas celebrating, they whole heartedly jumped at opportunity to show their commitment to customer safety over the holidays. Like most folks in Ottawa, I love the beer at The Clocktower – but this super delicious and a wee bit spicy Cocoa Picante is such a great alternative if you’re the designated driver with your holiday group. Big thanks to Mike for braving the camera and preparing such a festive and spirited version of a traditional drink for us and to John Coughlan for being so supportive of the loveOttawa project!


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the masala chai apple cider tastes like christmas

Jake Moffat and Kim Stacey photographed at e18hteen in The Byward Market.

It was great to drop down to photograph bar manager Jake Moffat and general manager Kim Stacey at Restaurant e18hteen yesterday and to taste their super delicious non-alcoholic holiday drink for our 12 days of Christmas series! Recently renovated, e18hteen is one of the coolest most elegant restaurants in The Market, and their Masala chai apple cider totally reflects that! It absolutely tastes and smells like Christmas, with it’s fresh ingredients; MacIntosh apples, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, pepper corns, cardamom and warm cider. Drop down and have Jake mix one up for you, even if you’re not the designated driver!


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