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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Miche Genest

I’ve always loved the stories where people slip out of the present and into a different time; kid’s stories like Tom’s Midnight Garden, or the Narnia series, or, in adult fiction, The Time Traveller’s Wife. There’s something compelling about the... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Beverages


Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Miche Genest

Yukon concocters, experimenters, cocktail lovers and fans of northern botanicals, take cheer! A kindred spirit walks among us. She is Jennifer Tyldesley, and as you will have recently learned in these pages, she makes her own small-batch bitters... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Beverages 2 Comments

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Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO:

I bought a nectarine in Juneau a couple of weeks ago. It looked large and rosy and promising. The flesh was firm and yet it gave slightly under the pressure of my fingertips and I thought, “Wow, a real nectarine.” But when I cut into the fruit,... more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM


Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: by Miche Genest

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about heading off on a trip down the Wind River. I was concerned that our group, with all our goods and chattels for the 17-day journey, was going to be overweight for the flight to the put-in at McCluskey Lake... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Miche Genest

The spruce tip harvest was early this year; green buds started appearing at the ends of spruce branches around mid-May in Whitehorse and continued being harvestable well into the first week of June – on higher ground at least. Best-laid plans... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Miche Genest

Most of us who came of age in the 70s have a Tiki experience somewhere in their cocktail history. Mine was in Jasper, Alberta in the winter of 1975, when I was working at Jasper Park Lodge. My pals and I celebrated every major event – birthday... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Beverages

Dark And Stormy

Miche Genest

Here’s a tip for you travelling cocktail lovers: not everyone shares your love. Your hosts may not have the stocked liquor cabinet and pantry shelves filled with syrups and bitters to which you have grown accustomed. You do not want to burden them more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Beverages

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Courtesy of Miche Genest

The Old Fashioned takes us right back to the beginning of the history of cocktails. In 1806 a reader wrote to the editor of The Balance and Columbian Repository, a newspaper published in Hudson, New York from 1801-1807, asking about the meaning... more

Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM Beverages


Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Miche Genest

Yukon Spirits launched two whiskies while I was skiing in Japan. I have not tried either yet (one of them is sold out, I hear) and in Japan, where whisky has been winning international awards since 2001, I drank whisky only once, from a 200 ml... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM


Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Miche Genest

The seventh week of sorting the pantry shelf of homemade liqueurs has arrived and I have tired of the exercise. There are still cocktails to be made with Labrador tea-infused vodka, with rowanberry aquavit, with morel mushroom whisky. But my... more

Feb 25, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

At the beginning of January I set myself the task, for 2016, of clearing the cupboard of experimental aquavits, infused spirits and liqueurs. A task that was easier set than done, especially when the experimental beverage, put up with such hope... more

Feb 11, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Miche Genest

There’s a new gin in town, just in time for the holiday season. Yukon Spirits, the hardcore younger sister of Yukon Brewing, has recently released the latest addition to its “Concepts” line: First Cut Gin. Why First Cut? Because this is the first... more

Dec 17, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages


Issue: 2015-12-03 PHOTO: Janet Moore

When my Mom and Dad were a young couple living on Avenue Road in Toronto their local watering hole was the rooftop bar at the Park Plaza Hotel, one of Toronto’s most elegant drinking spots. Mom and her best friend, who lived in the same building, ... more

Dec 3, 2015 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2015-11-19 PHOTO: Miche Genest

While staying in the Valle dei Moscheni in the province of Trento, Italy a few years ago my husband and I were served a delicate herbal liqueur called génépi. It was one of those magic occasions when you encounter a flavour you didn’t know existed. more

Nov 19, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Miche Genest

In the world of beverages, everything old is new again. The cocktail revival of recent years has been matched by a revival of interest in old-fashioned, non-alcoholic refreshers. On food blogs, in restaurants and in modern cookbooks you’ll find... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM


Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: Miche Genest

We are a territory of enthusiasts. We dive in with total commitment, whatever our passion is — First Nations governance, yoga, politics, skiing, sledding, social justice, mining, conservation or coffee — and once the bit is between our teeth we... more

Oct 22, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink


Issue: 2015-10-08 Photo: Miche Genest

When your friend blows into town, you hang onto your hat and lay on the groceries, especially the Stolichnaya Vodka, or “Stoli”, as he calls it. Your friend is a Martini drinker, and particular about his cocktail of choice. more

Oct 8, 2015 12:00 AM


Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: Miche Genest

Like so many Yukoners during this crazy low-bush cranberry season, I’m clearing out the freezer to make room for berries. In the process I’ve unearthed several treasures: 10 kilos of pork bones, 3 duck carcasses, 2 whole Taku River sockeye... more

Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages


Issue: 2015-09-10 PHOTO: Miche Genest

It’s August 31 and the snow is halfway down Gray Mountain. In downtown Whitehorse the leaves are still on the trees and many of them are green. This morning I talked to my sister, who lives in Parksville but used to live here, and she said that in... more

Sep 10, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: courtesy Miche Genest

Key to the success of the summer road trip is an assortment of the beverages appropriate to each occasion, and the necessary equipment to concoct and serve them. Take this morning, for instance I am sitting on a camp chair outside Pinedale Auto... more

Aug 27, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

The Manzana Branch

Miche Genest

I have a Cocktail Confidante to whom I turn when I need inspiration or advice. He is an amateur beverage scientist who approaches his subject with the curiosity, passion and dedication of a Marie Curie or Frederick Banting. more

May 7, 2016 11:34 PM , , Beverages