The Spirit of Summer: Four Delicious Drink Recipes from Dixon’s Distilled Spirits
The on-going coronavirus pandemic has sent normalcy into a whirlwind, with usually-accessible hygiene products like hand sanitizer in short supply as the virus continues to spike the demand. As a result, some Canadian distilleries, like Guelph-based Dixon’s Distilled Spirits, have started producing hand sanitizers alongside their regular alcoholic drinks. Despite the potential for high profits, Dixon’s Distilled Spirits has decided to donate hand sanitizers and disinfectants made at the facility to front-line healthcare workers.
Founded in 2013 by husband-and-wife team, JD and Vicky Dixon, with the help of Kevin (Chevy) Patterson, Dixon’s Distilled Spirits was the first craft distillery in Guelph, Ontario, locally famed for their high-quality spirits and sustainable distilling process.
Grain to Bottle, and Back to Farm:
Dixon’s prides themselves on their remarkable grain-to-bottle-back-to-farm process. It starts with spirits fermented from locally-grown Ontario corn, which gets distilled 18 times (that’s 6x the industry average!). It then gets carbon filtered for 30 hours, to remove the harsh tones, while leaving some of the corn’s sweetness behind, and mixed with Guelph’s famously pure water. The result is crystal clear, smooth-as-silk spirits that go into all of Dixon’s premium gin, vodka, and whiskey. The remaining grains, once fermented and distilled, make for clean feed for pigs and cows. Dixon’s also donates their spent grains back to local farmers, making a sustainable, full-circle process. It’s a win-win for spirit-lovers and local farmers!
To learn more about Dixon’s initiatives and their commitment to a spirited community, subscribe (for free!) to the Global Heroes Magazine, and find Dixon’s in our summer issue!
The Spirits of Summer
Dixon’s Wicked Root Beer
Add to glass:
- Cubed ice
- 1 ½ oz. Dixon’s Wicked Licorice Gin
- Top with your favorite root beer
- Quick stir until wicked smooth
- Serve in a highball glass
Blueberry Gin Fizzy Lemonade:
Add to glass
- Lots of ice
- 1 ½ oz. Blueberry Gin
- 1 wedge of fresh lemon squeezed
- 1 slice of lemon
- Soda water
- Fresh blueberries as a garnish
Mix it up by swapping soda water for sparkling lemonade, tonic water, iced tea, or Sprite!
Citrus Gin Elderflower Tonic
Add to glass
- 1 ½ oz. Citrus Gin
- Elderflower Tonic
Mix it up by swapping Elderflower Tonic for lemonade or citrus soda water!
Crystal-clear and super smooth.
Add to glass
- 1 ½ oz Silvercreek Vodka
- Mix it with cranberry, lemonade, and a splash of soda water for a refreshing summer soda.
—By Raye Mocioiu