CBC Edmonton AM and Transcend Coffee's "Birkie Break" is now officially Edmonton's winter signature alcoholic drink.

The drink was declared the winner Tuesday night in a competition sponsored by the City of Edmonton's Winter City promotion.

The "Birkie Break," an homage to the city's Birkebeiner ski festival, features double-strength coffee with spiced rum.


The "Birkie Break" served warm, inspired by the Birkebeiner cross country ski race, as a drink to enjoy at the 30km point to warm and relax.

3 oz of double strength brewed coffee (35 grams to 8oz of water) of fresh ground La Joya
1 oz of Zacapa 23 or other sweet dark rum
1 oz of spiced syrup*
a twist of orange rind if available.

To make the spiced syrup follow these directions:

Add 10 grams of cinnamon bark, 5 grams of green cardamon seeds and 5 grams of allspice to 500 ml of water
Allow mixture to steep at room temperature for 2 hours, then pour through fine mesh strain into a pot
Add 2 tbsp of freshly grated ginger root and 10 tbsp of dark molasses sugar to liquid and simmer on low heat for 1 hour
Allow to cool and strain through fine mesh strainer

Rosemary Ginger Beer from the students at Jasper Place High School is the city's non-alcoholic drink.