Some people think that the holidays are all about family, food, and giving gifts, when in fact, between us, it’s really about good alcohol. Let’s be blunt, you’re sitting with your in-laws for three hours – you need a drink. You spent all day shopping – you need a drink. You couldn’t find a parking space within a one-mile radius of any shopping location – you need a drink (after you finish driving). So, now that all of this stress is done and over, let’s find a new excuse. It’s really cold out. Thankfully, nothing warms the cockles of the heart (or the gullet) quite like a straight shot of good ole’ Tennessee Whiskey. And this is where our good friend Gentleman Jack steps in to save the day and melt the iciest of hearts. We like Gentleman Jack because it is the only whiskey in the world to be charcoal mellowed twice (a filtering process that involves sugar maple charcoal), resulting in a unique smoothness. We spoke to a few New York City local hotspots that were generous enough to share with us some cool bespoke recipes that will keep you warm, and your friends impressed.Matt Pilieci from New York City’s Blind Barber contributed this cocktail:2 oz of Gentleman Jack.5 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth.25 oz Fernet Branca.25 oz Cynar (It’s made from artichokes! That’s one way to get your kids to eat their vegetables – just kidding!)Add ingredients in a rocks glass, add ice, stir, and garnish with an *expressed lemon peel.*Expressed lemon peel is a term that means utilizing the oils from the skin. SeriousEats.com has a quick tutorial hereSarah Boisjoli, the bar manager at The Stanton Social, explained why she likes this particular spirit. “I enjoy Gentleman Jack both as a pure spirit and as a great base for winter cocktails. I don’t know how all the men out there do it, but I prefer it neat,” she said. Sarah also shared some interesting cocktail ideas that will make you look at Tennessee Whiskey in a whole new way.Rambling Man1.5 oz Gentlemen Jack.5 oz Fernet Branca.25 oz Lemon Juice4 Muddled BlackberriesIn a mixing glass, muddle blackberries then add Gentleman Jack and other ingredients. Shake well with ice and strain over a rocks glass packed with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.Stout Gentleman1.5 oz Gentleman Jack.75 oz Espresso Agave Syrup*3 dashes Molé BittersTop with a stout beer of your choice.*Espresso Agave Syrup: 2 tsp instant Espresso powder per 1 tbsp Agave syrupIn a snifter, combine Gentleman Jack, espresso agave syrup, and Molé bitters and stir well. Slowly add your stout beer. Garnish with a sprinkling of espresso powder.Amiguita’s Blues Old Fashioned1.5 oz Gentleman Jack1 tsp Blueberry Jam.5 oz lemon simple syrup.5 oz lemon juice4 dashes Angostura Bitters1 muddled lemon wedgeIn a mixing glass, muddle lemon wedge then add Gentleman Jack and all other ingredients. Shake well with ice and pour into a rocks glass.And last, but not least, James Cottingham, the general manager and Master Mixologist of 48 Lounge explains that he uses Gentleman Jack because it is “smooth, easy, and perfectly balanced with a snap of spice and undertone of smoke,” he further explains “my style for a sipper, and certainly my kind of whiskey to mix. It’s smooth yet complex. With its vanilla, caramel, slight smoke, and overall fruitiness.”James serves up the following classics with a twist.Negroni Amber1 oz Gentleman Jack1 oz Camomile Grappa1 oz AperolFresh Orange PeelSouthern warmth added to an Italian aperitif designed with Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Aperol and Chamomile Grappa. Garnish with a fresh orange peel.Cobbler Martini1.5 oz Gentleman Jack1 oz Calvados2 Pieces of cooked apples.5 oz spice infused maple syrup (maple syrup infused with cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and nutmeg)1oz sparkling apple cider float (optional)Cinnamon sugar.Fresh baked apple cobbler in a glass designed with Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Calvados and cooked apples muddled with a spiced maple syrup and an optional sparkling apple cider float fashioned with a cinnamon sugar rim.MANhattan 2 oz Gentleman Jack.5 oz Bauchant.5 oz Ratafia.25 oz Averna Amaro.25 oz Allspice Dram1 teaspoon blood orange bitters,2 Dashes of Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters.Stir and strain into a martini glass with Laphroaig (a single malt whiskey) and rinse garnish with a blood orange wheel.Not so OLD FASHIONED Designed with Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Crème de Cassis, Bauchant Orange Liqueur and black walnut and chocolate bitters over muddled blood orange, and dried cranberries. Fashioned with a red wine caramel rim and crusted with Crushed Pecans and topped with an Averna Amero float.Muddle 1 Blood Orange wedge, 10 dried cranberries, and 1.5 oz Gentleman Jack with .75 oz Crème de Cassis and .5 oz Bauchant orange liqueur. Add 2 Dashes of black walnut bitters and 2 dashes of chocolate bitters, then add an Averna Amero float.Stir and strain into rocks glass with a caramel rim crusted with crushed pecans.Let us know which cocktail recipes you’ve tested and how they’ve turned out. If you have any drink recipes of your own, shoot us an email. Cheers! 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations
“At Nova Scotia Business Inc., we have the privilege of working with companies across the province daily to help them build capacity and enter and continue to pursue growth in markets around the world,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Nova Scotia companies have a solid reputation for producing high-quality products and services, and we’re excited to recognize, celebrate and share their success.” This year’s keynote speakers are Brian Allaway, president, and William Allaway, vice-president of operations, at Acadian Maple, a manufacturer and exporter of maple syrup products. There will be free business workshops at Pier 21’s Windsor Foundation Classroom as follows: Eleven Nova Scotia companies will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 33rd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on Wednesday, June 14, at Pier 21. One will be named the 2017 Exporter of the Year. “On behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia, I congratulate and recognize this year’s nominees for their achievements,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I am happy to see exporters succeed. Their efforts contribute to economic growth in communities across the province, creating jobs and making Nova Scotia stronger.” Nominees for Exporter of the Year have already been recognized in their communities by their regional chambers. They are: At an afternoon workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., attendees will hear from industry experts who are helping businesses work through export challenges. The awards luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m. at Kenneth C. Rowe Hall, Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd., Halifax. For more information and to purchase luncheon tickets, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/export-achievement-awards. 8:30 a.m.- how to save money on air travel and cargo services 9:30 a.m.- a guide to leading global business 10:30 a.m.- strategies and online tools for reaching global markets. D.B. Kenney Fisheries Limited, Westport, Digby Co. DSM Nutritional Products, Mulgrave, Guysborough Co. Gillis Seafood, North Sydney Global Courseware Inc., New Glasgow Hutchinson’s Maple Products, Lake Paul, Kings Co. Nautel, Hacketts Cove, Halifax Regional Municipality North River Fish Farms, Truro Riverside Lobster International Inc., Meteghan Centre, Digby Co. Sea Star Seafoods Ltd., Clark’s Harbour, Shelburne, Co. Terra Beata Farms, Lunenburg Tony’s Meats, Antigonish
“It will not be long before that comes across my desk, and I will make the appropriate judgments about it.” — John KerryWASHINGTON — John Kerry offered scant indication Thursday about his position on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, saying simply that he hopes to make “appropriate judgments” about the fate of the project should he officially become secretary of state.The Massachusetts senator, appearing at his confirmation hearings, faced few questions on either climate change or the Keystone pipeline during almost four hours before the Senate foreign relations committee, of which he’s currently the chairman.“There is a statutory process with regards to the review and that is currently ongoing,” Kerry said. “It will not be long before that comes across my desk, and I will make the appropriate judgments about it.”The State Department is ultimately deciding Keystone’s fate because it crosses an international border. Kerry, meantime, is widely expected to win swift confirmation as secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton.State is “responsible for the environmental review, and there are specific standards that have to be met with respect to that review,” Kerry told the hearing.“I am going to review those standards and make sure they are complete.”He added he hoped the Keystone XL review would be done by the end of March, but made no promises. A State Department spokesman suggested earlier this week that there would be no decision until after March 31.“It is happening in the appropriate due course of business. We will try and get it done as soon as we can,” the senator said.Kerry’s longtime devotion to climate issues — he unsuccessfully tried to push greenhouse gas legislation through Congress three years ago — has American environmentalists hopeful that he might nix the controversial $7 billion project.Keystone XL would transport bitumen extracted from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The project has become a flashpoint for U.S. environmentalists who view the oilsands as “dirty oil” and a symbol of climate change at large.Keystone proponents, meantime, argue that the pipeline will create jobs and help provide the U.S. with energy independence from often hostile OPEC regimes.During his hearing on Thursday, Kerry said that American foreign policy is “defined by leadership on life-threatening issues like climate change.”He added he will be a “passionate advocate” at the State Department on environmental issues. The U.S. is currently taking part in a United Nations-led effort to come up with a new, worldwide emissions agreement.At least one congressional climate hawk seems to be preparing for the possibility that Keystone XL is a done deal.Henry Waxman, the Democratic head of the House of Representatives’ energy and commerce committee, said Thursday that the Obama administration’s decision on Keystone would represent merely a “small” piece of the pie in efforts to combat climate change.“This is only a small issue compared to the overall objective that the president and we want to achieve,” Waxman told a news conference.Obama and the White House will have to weigh issues other than just climate change as it makes a decision on Keystone, he added.“I know there are a lot of different factors, including our relationship with Canada, that’s on his mind.”Keystone is back on the hot seat in the U.S. capital this week, in part because Obama spoke out Monday during his second inaugural address about the need to confront climate change.The president’s forceful repudiation of climate-change skeptics has prompted the U.S. environmental movement to urge Obama to back up his rhetoric by putting the brakes to Keystone XL.Fifty-three senators, however — more than half in the upper chamber — sent the president a letter this week beseeching him to approve the project.Kerry and his wife, meantime, have agreed to divest holdings in a Canadian oil company, as well as dozens of other investments, in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest should he become secretary of state.Kerry has as much as US$750,000 invested in Suncor, a Calgary-based oil company whose CEO has urged the Obama administration to green-light the pipeline.Federal ethics officials have determined the Suncor (TSX:SU) stock poses no conflict of interest threats. But Kerry has agreed to divest of as much as $31,000 in Cenovus Energy — another Calgary firm that has pushed for Keystone XL approval — within 90 days if he’s confirmed secretary of state.Kerry’s office says many of his investments are in family trusts managed by an independent trustee, and that the senator is unaware of the contents. The senator is one of the wealthiest lawmakers on Capitol Hill with an estimated net worth of US$193-million.