Drink of the Week: The Lovers’ Quarrel

The Lovers’ Quarrel is the official Valentine’s Day cocktail from Eau Claire Distillery, Alberta’s only true craft spirits maker, located in Turner Valley. They are responsible for the amazing Parlour Gin, a London Dry-style gin made with local botanicals including rose hips and Saskatoon berries.

This cocktail takes the winning combo of gin, lemon juice and Cointreau (think White Lady) and puts a Feb. 14 twist on it with grenadine for colour and bubbles for romance. Really, there’s no way you’ll be fighting with your lover after this drink, unless there are only enough ingredients to make one, in which case you may exchange words.

This pretty drink includes two of my favourite spirits: Parlour Gin and Cointreau. The grenadine gives it just the right colour for Valentine's Day.

This Valentine’s Day-hued drink includes two of my favourite spirits: Parlour Gin and Cointreau. Image courtesy Eau Claire Distillery.

The Lovers’ Quarrel

  • 2 oz Parlour Gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz house grenadine (make your own pomegranate syrup)
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Top with champagne
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Method: Add all ingredients except champagne into a shaker. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a flute glass. Top with 1 oz brut champagne (such as Piper Heidsieck). Garnish with a lemon twist.

— Recipe courtesy Eau Claire Distillery

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