Recipes to get you into the SPIRIT of the season – Penticton Western News

The times are getting shorter, we’ve already had our first snowflakes, and Anette Engel has winter comforts on her thoughts.

“All summer time lengthy I’ve been telling guests about Hunter’s Tea — an ideal cabin deal with after a day of snowboarding or enjoying within the snow — however in 35 diploma warmth it wasn’t the proper time! Now that the climate’s cooler there are many winter cocktails and desserts to get pleasure from with liqueur or spirits.”

Engel, her husband Jorg and their youngsters have run Maple Leaf Spirits in Penticton since 2005. The distillery rescues end-of-season Okanagan fruits and grapes and turns them into award-winning liqueurs and spirits.

“We emigrated from Germany in 2001. We had been so excited to be in Canada, the nation we’d been dreaming of, and excited to start out a enterprise within the European custom,” Engel says. “One among Jorg’s first recipes was a maple liqueur, and it’s been our hottest ever since.”

Tastings till Dec. 20, by appointment

This 12 months Maple Leaf Spirits is providing non-public tastings till Dec. 20 to present locals and British Colombians visiting the Okanagan a enjoyable outing within the Valley. Name forward to guide a tasting (even for those who name 30 minutes forward) or guide on-line, and gown warmly to get pleasure from an amazing view whilst you chat with Engel.

“We have now an indoor tasting room if the climate’s disagreeable, however we attempt to do tastings outdoors as a lot as we are able to,” she says.

Attempt the Wild Apple Brandy, one of many newest creations from Maple Leaf Spirits, or the standard European-style Kirsch, constructed from cherries and utilized in German dishes like Black Forest Cake and cheese fondue. Engel will customise the tasting to your preferences, and provide recipe concepts for spectacular, easy-to-make cocktails and desserts.

“The attractive, daring flavour of our Cherry Liqueur combined with Prosecco is a straightforward vacation cocktail. Or soak your favorite berries in our wine brandy Woman of the Cask and put them on prime of cheesecake. Our Maple Liqueur is so versatile — in winter I prefer to put it in my tea once I come again from the ski hill.”

The distillery is open Tuesday to Sunday, and sells hand sanitizer constructed from native wine and fruit, along with liqueurs and spirits. Name 250-493-0180 to rearrange a tasting, or go to to guide and store the web retailer.

Hunter’s Tea for Two:

  • 1/2 litre black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a couple of cloves
  • 30 mL (1 oz) Woman of the Cask wine brandy
  • 15 mL Kirsch cherry spirit
  • brown sugar to style

Put together black tea. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, brandy and cherry spirit. Sweeten with brown sugar to your style.

“It’s greatest served instantly, earlier than the cloves and cinnamon turn into too overpowering,” Engel says. When she serves Hunter’s Tea at Apex Ski Resort’s Girls Day and Hoodoo Adventures snowshoe occasions, she brings scorching water in a thermos and provides all substances when everybody is prepared for a day deal with.

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Anette and Jorg Engel, owners of Maple Leaf Spirits, enjoy a drink on the tasting patio. Tastings are open until Dec. 20 by appointment.

Anette and Jorg Engel, homeowners of Maple Leaf Spirits, get pleasure from a drink on the tasting patio. Tastings are open till Dec. 20 by appointment.

Dress warmly for your Maple Leaf Spirits tasting so you can enjoy the spectacular view.

Gown warmly to your Maple Leaf Spirits tasting so you may benefit from the spectacular view.

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