Thursday Night Loaded: Raiding Dad’s Liquor Cabinet (Like I’m 16 Again)

I’m in Edmonton visiting my parents and last night I decided to check out what treasures my dad has stored away in his liquor cabinet.

Oh, what treasures I found.

My dad isn’t a hard liquor kind of guy. He leans more toward youthful vintages of homemade wine so spirits tend to stick around for a while. Decades, as it turns out. And hidden away in the back of his liquor cabinet I found some gorgeous, extremely well-aged bottles.

The label designs are all nicely retro and some of these brands I’ve never even heard of before. That squat bottle with the orange label? It’s a lingonberry liquer. What the hell’s a lingonberry, you ask? I’ve no idea. But in liqueur form, it tastes a lot like a cloudberry (in liqueur form). And as for that Hiram Walker bottle in the back, it’s their crystal gin, something they don’t even make any more. And how a “crystal” gin differs from a London dry I can’t figure.

So, what would you do if you stumbled upon such a trove of tippling riches?

Me? I whipped up a cocktail….

Dad’s Lost Treasures Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Hiram Walker’s Crystal Gin
3/4 oz Lapponia Lingonberry liquer
3/4 oz fresh orange juice
1/4 oz Henkes anisette
Shake well with ice. Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Author: Paul Dechene

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Night Loaded: Raiding Dad’s Liquor Cabinet (Like I’m 16 Again)”

  1. A lingonberry is better known as a low-bush cranberry up north. Even though it looks like one, it’s not a true cranberry. The serious berry pickers I know prefer the taste of the high-bush cranberry to the low-bush.

    A cloudberry is also called a bake-apple. It looks like a weird raspberry with its multiple bumpy sections.

    Then there’s the kinikkinik, also called the bear-berry. I don’t know of any liqueur made from it, but I am sure someone has tried.

  2. Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but your parents’ Smirnoff bottle is older than my parents’ Smirnoff bottle.

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