"For a moment, you drowned in something, for lack of a better word, called joy"
– Ocean, Sue Goyette

Anne-Marie’s Gin Noir Sour

Our organic blackberries come from Holland Farms near Canning in the Annapolis Valley. They are dark and delicious and on their own make a delightful liqueur. Last fall we decided that combining gin and blackberry might be a match made in heaven and we weren’t wrong! The result is our newest invention – sort of…

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Resistance is futile…

When spring is just around the corner we all hunger for the fresh fruit that comes to our farmer’s market and rhubarb is often the first we see on the table. Rhubarb and strawberry are perfect partners and together they make a terrific combination with Ironworks Amber Rum. Aptly nick-named pie-in-a-glass you can sweeten to taste…

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Flippin’ Holidaze

Here’s another classic cocktail interpreted with Ironworks Apple Brandy and our popular Bluenose Rum. Thanks to Anne Marie Bungay-Larose, one of our favourite bartender / mixologist creatives, we’ve been introduced to the world of “flips” – a rich, super-frothy and delicious alternative to egg-nog with the added attraction of being dairy free. INGREDIENTS 1 full…

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The “Pear-Fect” Collins

Since we first started distilling in 2009, the pear eau-de-vie has been a favourite of ours. So much so that we have been reluctant to consider mixing it with anything….until now. Anne Marie Bungay-Larose, bartender and creative mixologist from the famed eatery in Dartmouth “The Watch That Ends The Night” came up with a combination…

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Ironworks Love Potion

Rumour has it that this concoction goes divinely with fine chocolate. We leave it up to you…. INGREDIENTS: 2 oz (60 ml) Ironworks Raspberry Liqueur ½ oz (15 ml) Ironworks Gin 1 oz (30 ml) club soda 1 thin slice of blood orange 2 raspberry ice cubes* RASPBERRY ICE CUBES Place 1 raspberry in each…

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Crusher’s Bluenose Rum Punch

Yet another punch recipe from expert mixologist Steven “Crusher” Cross, the ruler of the bar at the fine Halifax dining establishment, 2 Doors Down . Created at the Saltscapes Expo 2018 and presented at the Select Nova Scotia stage paired with the excellent creations of Chef Andrew Farrell. INGREDIENTS (Enough for a small summer get-together with fine…

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Spring Gin Punch

Our good friend, the talented mixologist Steven Cross (aka “Crusher”) is the resident mixologist & bar manager at 2 Doors Down in Halifax. He presented two punch recipes, using our products, at Saltscapes Expo in April 2018. Customers were clamouring for the recipes so here we go… INGREDIENTS (Enough for a few friends on a…

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Gin Fizz #1: Strawberry & Rhubarb

The variations on fruit and gin continue. This recipe is so delicious when fresh strawberries are in their prime. Freeze up a bunch of them to have on hand year round for festive occasions that warrant a taste of spring! INGREDIENTS 1.5 oz Ironworks Gin .5 oz Rhubarb Esprit .5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice three…

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Gin Fizz #2: Blueberry & Lavender

We have borrowed the yummy recipe for this drink (which was created by Wildcard Creative) directly from Taste of Nova Scotia’s recipe pages.  Van Dyk’s delicious Wild Nova Scotia blueberry juice perfectly compliments the local gin in this cocktail. Alternatively you could use Terra Beata Blueberry juice. Ideal for a personal drink or a crowd…

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The Rogue Wave

The year was 2012. Summertime in Lunenburg. After a few years being rebuilt in drydock, BLUENOSE II was about to be relaunched and we thought we should celebrate. This was the year we first created our signature black rum and we called it “BLUENOSE”. It was only supposed to be a summer product, but lo…

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Tall Ships Hard Lemonade

Way back in 2012, when the Tall Ships last visited Halifax, we were participating with Taste of Nova Scotia at their “Food Fare by the Sea”. It was kind of like camping on the waterfront! Right next to the Taste food stage they set up a bar where they were serving cocktails devised by Geir…

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Berries and Lemonade

This simple cocktail is immensely flexible. You can use any one of our Ironworks Liqueurs and the taste will be lovely. Lately we have been using a lemon concentrate created by our friends at Dragonfly Farms but any lemonade, still or bubbly, will do the trick. Decorate with a toothpick loaded with berries to match…

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A Lazy Afternoon

Here’s a gingery, rhubarb tart, bubbly invention that we put together one day in Blue Rocks. This combination is so simple and invites you to live up to its name! After all, show me the person who can resist the offer of “A Lazy Afternoon”… ? (thanks for the name, Brad!)   INGREDIENTS   •…

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Ironworks Blueberry Grunt

Here’s something to warm you up this fall: the Blueberry Grunt is a fun way to play with teas and craft spirits without the time commitment of an infusion. As a popular Maritime dessert, this recipe just begs to be translated by our own East Coast staples, the Amber Rum and Blueberry Liqueur. • 1…

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“Sounds of the Forest”

Infusing Teas into alcohol is becoming a trend which brings a new level of craftmanship and consideration to your cocktail repertoire. A tea can contribute rich aromas and layered taste notes without added heaviness, and gives unlimited opportunity to combine your favourite sipping beverages! This warm drink is best enjoyed as a mulled, large batch cocktail to…

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PACING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN

This cocktail was designed to accompany poems read by Sue Goyette from her book of poetry, “Ocean”. With tartness from the Cranberry Liqueur being met with sweetness from our dark Bluenose Rum, this cocktail is as heavy-hitting as the poem it’s crafted after. • 1oz Ironworks Bluenose Dark Rum • 1oz Ironworks Cranberry Liqueuer •…

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Rogue Wave Cupcakes

This recipe was not only created and submitted by Sarah Finlayson, but she even brought some to the distillery to taste! These sweet treasures have a slight gingery spice and a decadent, creamy Bluenose icing. Warning: these are intensely delicious and not for the faint of cupcake-heart. INGREDIENTS: • 4 oz salted butter • 1/2…

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Ironworks Radler

The name means “cyclist” in German, pointing to the drinks original roots. You may not have thought to mix your beer with liqueur, but this Nova Scotian twist on the cocktail is perfect after a hot summer day of beaching, biking or just plain being.

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Riptide

This cocktail is a robust mix of flavours and features a rich layering of sweet and sour between the rum and haskap juices, and it’s lightly tempered by the classic Angostura Bitters.

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Spring Sour

This is a great sipping drink for warm summer nights. Refreshing and light. It can be modified to be slightly spicy by adding one slice jalapeño to the shaker or a small jalapeño to the syrup recipe.

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