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As you may have noticed by now,  after 18 months of our cocktail subscription service, we've decided to go digital. This wasn't an easy decision to make, but we think it's the right one for Mother Nature.
Below you'll find the July newsletter and all 4 cocktail recipes of the month.

The SURPRISE ME option is GIN this month 



 We love cocktails (as you may have guessed) and a huge part of cocktailing is an easy-to-follow recipe.We've made the decision to go paperless with cocktail recipes in our subscription boxes and cocktail kits. 
 It takes 1,476 litres of oil to produce one ton of paper. We print a lot of cocktail recipe cards every year and going paperless is one measure we can implement quickly to compliment our environmental initiatives like #MoreTrees and #NoMowMay. 
We know an easily accessible recipe is an important part of your subscription box and cocktail kits. We've created this exclusive cocktail recipe section for our website to make following the steps for each cocktail recipe easier and shareable, so you can share the cocktails you love with your friends.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to let us know. Have any feedback? We'll take it! We want to hear how we can make this transition a pleasant experience for you. 
Photo by Liz Picasso


This past month we participated in Taste for Hope in Ottawa at Lansdowne Park. Shepherds of Good Hope create impact and make a difference for those who need it most. Taste for Hope was a curated evening of delicacies, delights and donations all in support of the programs and services Shepherds of Good Hope provides for those who experience homelessness in our city. Taste for Hope features local renowned chefs preparing signature dishes — accompanied by libations from local craft breweries, vineyards and spirit companies. Top Shelf was thrilled to be a part! 
We supplied 2 recipes for the attendees featuring Top Shelf Vodka and Top Shelf Cream Puff Liquor. It was a huge success despite having a tornado warning in effect. There was a live auction with a multitude of offerings such as rooftop parties at local restaurants to help raise funds. Event was a huge success raising more funds than previous event! Thanks to all who joined :) 
If you're interested in trying out some new drinks, here's what we were serving! 


This month, get ready for deals you simply can't beat! Try a new game out this summer for some quick fun while you enjoy a beverage on the patio! All orders for subscribers over $50 get a free Distillers Dice game in their order. Try your luck and see who will make the best whisky in the game.
Use code DICE50 online at checkout on your next order with us. 
Can we help with anything? Have a question? Email us or give us a call at 613-201-3333 ext 2 any time.




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    Blueberry Punch

    Gone are the days of mom making a pitcher of that mysterious red punch for the neighborhood kids to enjoy as we play outside. Every house had that one special pitcher, with their favourite punch prepared inside it. No one really knew what kind of punch it was, nor did it matter. We were young and we were thirsty from chasing each other around the block and it was the thirst quenching, fruity kick of sugar we all needed at the time. The Blueberry Punch cocktail is a fruit packed adult approved fruit punch that will have you thinking back on the days you would have a red juice mustache over your lip and beg your parents to order you a shirley temple at the restaurant. 

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    Before making this cocktail, you'll need to take a field trip to get some ingredients, or if you have these ingredients already, you're good to go!
    2 Lemons for Juicing

    1 oz Reunion Blueberry Moonshine
    2 oz Orange Juice
    ½  oz Lemon Juice
    4 Dashes Top Shelf Cranberry Bitters
    3-4 oz County Bounty Cherry Vanilla Soda

      Dehydrated Orange Wheel


        Collins Glass


        Add all ingredients except the Cherry Vanilla Soda and garnish to a shaker.  Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with County Bounty Cherry Vanilla Soda. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel. Enjoy!


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        | GIN / SURPRISE ME |

        Pretty In Pink 

        Simple to make and easy to drink, this cocktail is refreshingly tangy, floral and a touch fruity. Top Shelf Gin’s floral properties are complimented with a few dashes of Top Shelf Blueberry Bitters. The gin’s aromatic notes are complemented with fresh raspberry flavours and a touch of citrus, the perfect fruit combination to pair with gin, more so Top Shelf gin, with its fresh grapefruit properties. A bit of lime flavour and some fresh lemon juice makes for a brightly flavoured thirst quencher. Sweetened with honey syrup instead of traditional simple syrup, the local Ontario honey brings forth a richer flavour and an earthy tone that ties the cocktail together. Pretty In Pink is an approachable cocktail that will fancy just about any palate.

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        Before making this cocktail, you'll need to take a field trip to get some ingredients, or if you have these ingredients already, you're good to go!
        2 Lemons


        1 ½ oz Top Shelf Gin
        Juice of Half a Lemon
        ½ oz Honey Syrup (click for recipe)
        3 Dashes Top Shelf Blueberry Bitters
        6 oz Raspberry Lime County Bounty Soda

          Lemon Wheel


          Rocks Glass


          In a Rocks glass filled with ice, add all the ingredients except the Raspberry Lime soda and the garnish. Stir to combine. Top with up to 6 oz of the Raspberry Lime Soda. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel. 


          Summer Staycation Cocktail lmage 

          | VODKA |

          Summer Staycation

          Nothing says summer flavour like the classic combination of coconut and pineapple. Inspired by the Pina Colada and the Chi Chi cocktails, the Summer Staycation is the perfect summer refresher either at the cottage, on your patio or anytime you wish you were anywhere but “here”. Let go of everyday stress with this vacation in a glass, in the comfort of your own home. Fresh and bright flavours of pineapple and lime with a hint of effervescence keep things oh so refreshing. Grenadine serves as a sweetener and creates a beautiful gradient effect making this a super sexy, 80’s style cocktail. Disco drinks are making a comeback, so it’s time to whip out the grenadine and mini umbrellas once more! In this recipe we play with infusions. You will be flavouring your Top Shelf Vodka with some coconut. This takes a day or two, so if you need a vacation right now, you can skip the infusion, but you will be missing out on half of the delicious tropical flavours this cocktail has to offer.

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          Before making this cocktail, you'll need to take a field trip to get some ingredients, or if you have these ingredients already, you're good to go!
          2 Limes


          1 oz Coconut Infused Top Shelf Vodka*
          Juice of half a lime
          ½ oz Grenadine Syrup 
          4 Dashes Top Shelf Aromatic Bitters
          4 oz Pineapple Juice
          Stream Soda Water
            *Coconut Infused Vodka: Put shredded coconut and 200 ml of vodka in a clean, glass container such as a mason jar. Seal and shake. Let sit for 48 hours, shaking once after 24 hours. Strain and rebottle. 
            Dehydrated Lime Wheel
            Cocktail Umbrella


              Collins Glass



              In a Collins glass filled with ice, add the coconut infused vodka, lime juice and bitters. Stir gently to blend. Add 4 oz of pineapple juice (half a can). Add the grenadine syrup and top with soda water up to the brim. Garnish with a piece of dehydrated lime and a cocktail umbrella. 


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              | WHISKY |

              Spiked Iced Mocha

              When it comes to coffee cocktails, Irish Coffee is right up there on the top of the list. Mostly enjoyed after dinner or on a cool winter day, coffee and whisky have always made a formidable pair. Alongside the Irish Coffee, the Espresso Martini has been making its mark in restaurants and bars all over the world for the past few years, a trend that is showing no sign of slowing down. Taking the idea of the irish coffee, but served cold like the Espresso Martini, the Spiked Iced Mocha is a refreshing, chocolaty take on the classic coffee and whisky combinations we’ve all enjoyed in the past. Demerara syrup brings a full flavoured caramelized sweetness and a splash of chocolate milk brings an approachable creaminess to the mix. 
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              Before making this cocktail, you'll need to take a field trip to get some ingredients, or if you have these ingredients already, you're good to go!
              Chocolate Milk
              1 ¼ oz Perth Whisky
              ½ oz Demerara Syrup (click for recipe)
              3 oz Chocolate Milk 
              2 oz Cold Brew Coffee
              3 Dashes Top Shelf Chocolate Bitters
              Dried Cherries
              Milk Chocolate

                Collins Glass



                In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Garnish with dried cherries and a piece of chocolate.


                That's all for this month folks! Remember to drink responsibility.

                Until next month! Bottoms Up 🥂🍹🍸

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