Classic Caribou Drink

Classic Caribou Drink

The Caribou is a popular festive French-Canadian drink, associated with the province of Quebec and more precisely from Quebec City. Actually, it is often described at the official traditional drink of the Winter Carnival but it can be enjoyed all winter long. It is similar to a mulled wine or hot spiced drink. The exact recipe can vary on the region and family traditions, but it typically includes red wine, hard liquor (such as whisky, brandy or gin), and a mix of spices. We are using gin in our version. Common ingredients may include cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peel. The drink is heated and served warm.

caribou drink made with gin

What is the Quebec Winter Carnival?

The Quebec Winter Carnival, known as “Carnaval de Québec” in French, is a popular winter festival held annually in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is one of the largest and most famous winter festivals in the world. The carnival usually takes place over a period of several weeks in late January to early February. The origins of the Quebec Winter Carnival can be traced back to the late 19th century when it was first held in 1894. Over the years, it has evolved into a major cultural and tourist event, attracting visitors from Canada and around the globe.

caribou drink made with gin

Classic Caribou Drink

Discover the perfect Caribou recipe for winter warmth! Our delicious blend of red wine, gin, and aromatic spices creates a festive concoction that’s ideal for cozy gatherings. Try our easy Caribou recipe to elevate your holiday celebrations with a touch of Quebecois flair. Cheers to the season’s warmth and the joy of shared moments!

  • Author: Crosby’s Molasses
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks


Units Scale
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 oz. herb liqueur (Jägermeister style)
  • 1 oz gin
  • 23 tablespoons orange juice (the juice of about half an orange)
  • 1 oz Crosby’s Molasses
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 6 dashes bitters (optional)


1. In a small saucepan, add all ingredients and heat over medium-low heat.

2. Serve in pre-warmed cups.

3. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary, frozen cranberries and cinnamon.

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