Local Christmas Gift Ideas For The Wine Lovers and More

9 more days until Santa comes! It’s crazy how fast December flew by…or at least it seems that way to me. I feel like I’ve ran a marathon this month. As much as I try not to leave things to the very last possible minute, I always end up doing some things at the very last possible minute like buying last minute Christmas gifts or missing ingredients for a dish I’m making…it happens to me every single year.

So onto the good stuff…who doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of wine or cocktail after a long day of work or with their meal…especially now with Christmas right around the corner. I’m not a big drinker myself but I do enjoy the occasional drink.

I don’t know what it is about Caesars…I think it tastes almost identical to tomato soup which is my least favourite soup in the world. So needless to say, I’m not a fan of Caesars at all but I think Last Mountain Distillery might of convinced me otherwise. They are Saskatchewan’s first micro distillery and are a family owned operation located in Lumsden. If you live in British Columbia or Alberta you are in luck as they currently only ship their products to those two provinces. They make an incredible tasting Dill Pickle Vodka which is one of the many Spirits they are known for. If you thought you’ve had amazing Caesars…this Vodka will take it to a whole new level. Another one that is just as equally amazing is their Sweet Tea Vodka. I’ve never had or even heard of that flavour before until I discovered Last Mountain’s. It is incredibly good on it’s own over ice.

Currently they have a limited supply of Hazelnut Cream Liqueur for the Holidays. Apple Pie Moonshine is amazing mixed with Cranberry Ginger Ale for a nice festive drink. Or if you love Sangria like I do, use their Honey Cinnamon Liqueur in your next pitcher of Sangria goodness. All you need is Last Mountain’s Honey Cinnamon Liqueur, Ginger Ale, Club Soda and fruits of your choice, if the selection is limited as it is during the winter months, frozen fruits works just as great in this recipe. I don’t measure anything when I make the Sangria but I do use the entire bottle of Honey Cinnamon Liqueur, for the other ingredients just add according to your taste preferences. By experimenting you will have come up with your own concoction so it’s a win-win.

Prairie Bee Meadery is Saskatchewan’s only Honey Meadery producing fine honey wines with local honey and all Canadian fruit. They offer tastings of their  8 delectable honey wines daily at their farm in Caron located 15 minutes west of Moose Jaw.

When we think of honey we automatically think…sweet…very sweet. I definitely did and was a little worried about the taste as I don’t care for honey. But to my surprise, Prairie Bee Meadery wines has the right amount of sweetness without being overly sweet, that’s important to me as I do not like overly sweet anything. If you are the same way, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised after trying their wines.

I have not tried all 8 of their flavours but I am able to tell you that the two that I have tasted are out of this world. The first one is their Raspberry Romance, it is a dessert wine that is not overly sweet at all. If you like raspberries or have a raspberry lover on your list you’ll appreciate this. Their Rhubarb Rose Mead is just as wonderful, it features zest of rhubarb mellowed by the sweet silkiness of premium prairie honey. It is an off-dry wine with a delicate body. It pairs well with chicken and potatoes or nicely on it’s own.

Nothing screams Christmas quite like the flavours of Cranberry. And their limited edition Cranberry Cheer Mead was made especially for the holiday season.

A recipe courtesy of Prairie Bee Meadery for their Holiday Sangria:

1 Bottle Prairie Bee Cranberry Cheer Mead

1 cup fresh cranberries

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 orange, cut into wedges

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

I love supporting locally owned businesses…hearing their stories, all of them come from very humble beginnings and they remain down to earth even after all their well earned – well deserved recognition for all their hard work – it’s very inspiring and heart warming.

These next two local businesses are amazing, amazing, amazing.

Saltine Baking Company from right here in Regina, specializes in naturally leavened breads and savoury pastries. Their Ham and Cheese Croissants is so incredibly good, it may be the best croissants I have ever eaten in my entire life. It is crispy with gooey cheesy goodness on the outside with a chewy right amount of saltiness from the ham on the inside. They are known for their sourdough breads and offer different unique flavours such as: Parmesan Pepper, Raisin Pecan and Country Rye with Cranberries. Everything is so good and a must try if you’re in the Queen city.

Cake Witch Cafe specializes in German cakes and pastries made by a German Pastry Chef. I have to say that every single thing I’ve tried from her is absolutely delicious. So happy that I’ve finally found authentic German pastries in Saskatchewan without having to travel to Germany to get some. I’m very fond of her Vanilla Bean Butter Fingers, German 3 Berries Streuselkuchen and German Honey Gingerbread Hearts. You don’t have to travel all the way to Rosthern to get your hands on her homemade goodies as she travels to Regina quite often.

You can find all these businesses at the Regina Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning. It will be their last market for 2016. So you don’t want to miss out on it for some last minute shopping for the hard to buy person on your list. Or to stock up on last minute goodies for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day.

I cannot wait to share local Saskatchewan drinks/eats with my family in British Columbia this year. The same way I’ve shared my British Columbia roots with the people of Saskatchewan.

You can never go wrong gifting anything food related. Happy last minute shopping and support your locally owned businesses!

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