Drink – Alcoholic Winner 2021
Made in Edmonton
$35 to $40
After its first batch sold out almost instantly, Hansen Distillery co-owner Shayna Hansen thought she was prepared for the second drop of Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur. Approximately 1,000 bottles went on sale at noon that day. “The phone was going insane. One lady called in and said, ‘well, it says it’s out of stock.’ It was a couple minutes after twelve.”
Hansen received hundreds of emails and discovered a block-long line outside of the distillery’s doors. A while later, someone emailed to say he had slipped and fallen in the distillery’s snowy parking lot but that every sip of the liqueur he purchased that day made it worthwhile.
Unlike some salted caramel products, this liqueur strikes just the right blend of salty and sweet. The distillery cooks its own caramel in-house using real cream and other natural ingredients. The liqueur is wonderful poured over ice, or in coffee or tea. It can also be used for making desserts: Hansen says customers have shared stories of making whipped cream and frosting out of it, adding it to cheesecake and drizzling it over apple pie.
With so many cream liqueurs out there, what exactly makes this one so special? “You can taste the love and extra time we put in it —and the real ingredients,” says Hansen.
Photograph: Jared Sych | Writer: Colin Gallant
DRINK – ALCOHOLIC WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP 2021
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