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Caribou: the Famous Drink of Winter Carnaval de Québec

Caribou: the Famous Drink of Winter Carnaval de Québec

Michelle Winner provides tips on how to stay warm during the Winter Carnaval de Québec by drinking the traditional Caribou.
By Michelle M. Winner
Winter Festival Quebec

It is so cold in Québec in the winter that  sometimes your lips start to go numb and freeze together. You begin to talk like you have had too much novocaine at the dentist. Luckily there is a remedy; the Caribou. It contains  all sorts of “medicinal spirits” meant to keep you from freezing. At Carnaval it is served in glasses made of ice or  poured into long tubes perfect for sipping while you are jumping up and down to the DJ’s house frantic or trance party music at the Ice Place stage.  Carnaval begins the last day of January to  mid- February with the epi-center on the Plains of Abraham Carnaval grounds, but events take place all over Québec. Go to for more.

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Caribou the Famous Drink of Winter Carnaval de Québec

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  • Author: Carnaval de Québec
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Caribou, a feisty alcoholic beverage, became popular in the early Carnivals. The recipe was created by Ti-Père, a business that was first established on Ste-Thérèse Street in the lower city, then, more recently, in Old Québec. Suffice it to say a typical caribou contains brandy, vodka, sherry and port… Wow!


  • Recipe for 10 people:
  • 3 oz. Vodka
  • 3 oz. Brandy
  • 12 ½ oz. Canadian Sherry
  • 12 ½ oz. Canadian Port


  1. Pour into a punchbowl and mix together. Serve in sherry glasses or , pour in a flask or specialty drinking tube and share with a group, preferably while playing in the snow. Be careful, this packs a wallop as the name implies.
  • Category: spirits, cocktails

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