CBC's Birkie Break declared Edmonton's winter alcoholic drink

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

Trancend Coffee owner Paul Mark created drink as homage to annual ski festival

Josh Hockin, with Transcend Coffee and creator of the Birkie Break - Edmonton's signature winter alcoholic drink, prepares a sample for judges at the MacDonald Hotel last night. (CBC)

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.

Recipe

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.

 

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