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Turkeys & Martinis Make for a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend Alberta!

When I decided to write a Thanksgiving post, the first angle that came to mind was obviously something turkey-related. But then I thought that would be a little disingenuous as I’ve never cooked a turkey in my life. There are countless resources online if you need some turkey guidance though, and if I were making a turkey this weekend, I’d follow this Food Network recipe for World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey.

Did you know October 4th was National Vodka Day? Me neither, but I saw it on social media- I’m not sure who decides these things, but as  martini-lover I’ll go with it. For a little background on ‘National Food/Drink Days, you can read this awesome article from the Globe & Mail– it’s a bit dated (being from 2010), but the sentiments are timeless.

Also timeless however is great vodka; and what’s a little more timely is buying local. Instead of the usual bottle of wine, why not gift your Thanksgiving host this weekend with a bottle of Alberta-made craft vodka? Or gin, or whisky? So in the spirit (get it?;) of belated National Vodka Day and buying local, here’s a list of distillers making the good stuff right here in Alberta…

Hansen Distillery 

Rig Hand Distillery

Eau Claire Distillery

Wild Life Distillery

Stone Heart Distillery

Strathcona Spirits Distillery

Park Distillery

Highwood Distillers

Burwood Distillery

Keep in mind that while this may not be an exhaustive list, there are very exciting things happening in the distilling and brewing scenes in the province, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local selections when stocking your bar.

And just to prove I’m a true martini-lover and not just saying so for the sake of this post, here are a few shots of my martinis-past… (Please try not to judge me for sometimes taking pictures of drinks, I don’t have any dogs yet.)

Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend!

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