Like white diamonds, black diamonds can symbolize love. In the case of David and Andrea Scade, it represents their love — and their unique engagement.
Andrea was never big on jewellery — so, when David proposed, they went to a custom ring maker, who suggested they go black. But black diamonds are also said to represent passion and charisma. So, a few years later, when the couple decided to pursue their passion for finely made spirits and liqueurs, and make a menu full of charisma, they already had their company name in mind.
Black Diamond Distillery produces spirits and liqueurs seasonally sourced from Alberta that are 100 per cent distilled, infused and bottled by the Scades themselves. They’re proud of the fact that every product they’ve entered into contests has won a medal, but they’d rather you try a bottle and judge for yourself. They’d also like to hear what you’re drinking on your own, and are happy to share the recipes like these Black Diamond gems. BlackDiamondDistillery.com
Recipe: Earl Grey Mule
“Created using our very own ginger-pepper syrup, made in-house, it has quickly become one of our most popular craft cocktails, and the #1 seller with Retail Partners like Sherbrooke Liquor — #1 on the shelves, #1 in our hearts, as this is Andrea’s very favourite thing we make!”
1 ½ oz Black Diamond Earl Grey Vodka
8 oz Ginger Beer
½ oz Lime Juice
Pour vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice into copper mug, top with ice
Garnish with lime wedge
Recipe: Apple Pie Sangria
“A collaboration recipe for a tasting dinner with Privada, it brings a refreshing summer cocktail for wine lovers to life. It’s so delicious that even David loves it — and he hates wine!”
1 oz Black Diamond Apple Pie Liqueur
3 oz Apple Juice
4 oz White Wine
2 oz Ginger Ale
Pour all into a glass with ice
Garnish with apple wedge or if you want to be adventurous, frozen apple balls
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12%Miracle on 34th Street
21%A Nightmare Before Christmas
3%Jingle All the Way
Recipe: Cucumber Rose Collins
“Our spin on a classic, we created this cocktail using our own Alberta Wild Rose syrup for a garden party hosted by St. Albert Botanic Gardens. It was a huge hit and one we’re considering for our next ready-to-drink cocktail.”
1 oz Black Diamond Cucumber Vodka
1 oz Alberta Wild Rose Syrup
½ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Pour into glass with ice, top with sparkling water
Garnish with cucumber slice and rose petals
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