Taste Notes

Local Craft Gin

Looking for a new spirit to liven up your gin and tonic? Crafted in Ontario, Ginslinger gets its bold, fresh juniper taste from cold-pressing wild local juniper and fine botanicals – many of which are hand-foraged from the Niagara Escarpment. Order online or head to the new retail store opening soon at 2140 Winston Park Dr., Oakville. Maverickdirect.ca

New Vegan Amarula

Amarula, the world-renowned maker of cream liqueurs, has a new plant-based option that’s now available in Ontario. Taste gentle notes of caramel, vanilla and creamy coconut finished with complex notes of marula fruit. It’s dairy- and nut-free, as well as gluten-free and doesn’t contain artificial colours or flavours. Lcbo.com

Burlington Chef Writes Children’s Book

Matteo Paonessa, executive chef at Spencer’s At The Waterfront in Burlington, recently published his book, Fish Meets Donkey. Paonessa credits his kids Maxam and Sophie, and his dog Sami for the story idea. The book is available online at Indigo, Amazon and Pandamonium Publishing House.

An Old-Fashioned Fall Sip

Perfect fall weather cocktails can be created with this Maple Old Fashioned Syrup, made by Niagara-based company Kvas Fine Beverage Co. Ingredients include local maple syrup and warm spices like cinnamon and clove. Combine in a mixing glass with whisky or bourbon and ice, then pour into a rocks glass and top with a Sullivan Luxury maraschino cherry. Flourishandbask.ca

Buvette: New Premium Restaurant in Burlington

Buvette Restaurant and Wine Bar, located in Village Square, is downtown Burlington’s newest spot for premium casual dining. Enjoy your meal in the indoor glass solarium. The room features an entire wall of windows that stretch to the ceiling behind plush booth-style seating. Reservations recommended. Buvetteresto.com