Michelle Winner provides tips on how to stay warm during the Winter Carnaval de Québec by drinking the traditional Caribou.
By Michelle M. Winner
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 carnival.qc.ca for more.
- Recipe for 10 people:
- 3 oz. Vodka
- 3 oz. Brandy
- 12 ½ oz. Canadian Sherry
- 12 ½ oz. Canadian Port
- 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.
Michelle was born with a fork in her hand. As a culinary travel writer and confirmed foodophile she delights in the world-wide discovery of new flavor profiles, spices, salts and herbs. Based in one of the world's foodie meccas; Portland, Oregon, not far from "Pinot Noir Heaven" Michelle shares culinary travel and chef's recipes. Her photography has appeared in Saveur Magazine and she has contributed culinary travel articles to Forbes online, WSJ online, Business Insider, Condé Nast Digital Media, Islands magazine and many others. A confirmed globetrotter, she still keeps her bags packed and fork in hand (well . . . except through airport security.)