October 3, 2023

Winter in Niagara Cocktail

Recipe: Evelyn Chick

“The pride and joy of the Niagara region of Canada is Icewine. And while it may take more effort to produce, the resulting silky-sweet nectar is totally worth it. Icewine adds body, acidity, and a great depth of flavor to shaken or stirred cocktails while also contributing tree fruit notes, like peach and apricot, as well as distinct smokiness and evergreen qualities. If you’ve not been to the Niagara region in the winter, this drink will definitely transport you there.” – Evelyn Chick


  • Sprig of rosemary
  • 1 oz. Lot No. 40
  • 100% Pot Still Rye Whisky
  • 1/2 oz. VQa Vidal Icewine
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Odd Society Mia Amata Amaro*
  • 1/4 oz. Green Chartreuse



  1. Use a lighter to carefully char the rosemary sprig. Place the still-smoking sprig in the center of a non-reactive plate.
  2. Cover the sprig with an upside-down mixing glass, letting the smoke fill the glass until it subsides (about a minute).
  3. Flip the mixing glass right side up and immediately add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Add enough ice to cover the liquid, plus a bit more. Use a bar spoon to stir for 10–15 seconds.
  5. Strain through a Hawthorne strainer into a 51/2-oz coupe glass.
  6. Garnish with your charred rosemary sprig.

Excerpted from For the Love of Cocktails: The Everyday Guide to Delightful Drinks for Anyone, Anytime by Evelyn Chick. Photography by Jessica Blaine Smith. © 2023 by Evelyn Chick. Recipes © 2023 by Evelyn Chick. Excerpted with permission from Figure 1 Publishing. All rights reserved