Gina Unverferth, a Master of Whiskey and a whiz when it comes to mixing up some delicious holiday cocktails. Not only did I get the opportunity to meet, drink, and hang with Gina for an afternoon, but she also showed us how to make this amazing cocktail called the Manitoba.

This cocktail was so simple, unique, and fun that it had to take a good chunk of our Holiday Cocktail Countdown, so here’s to days 9-12!!

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1 ½oz Crown Royal Maple Whiskey

¾ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

Top with Ginger Beer


  1. Muddle lemons into bottom of shaker
  2. Pour in whiskey and simple syrup
  3. Shake
  4. Pour all contents into glass, including lemons
  5. Top with Ginger Beer

Note: I also did this at home for a friend who didn’t like anything fizzy, so I replaced the Ginger Beer with Ginger Wine and it had an almost identical taste, just with out the bubbles.


For those of you who want to make other fun cocktails, try these during your holiday countdown!


1.3 oz. George Dickel RyeGeorge Dickel Rye Manhattan

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange peel


  1. Stirred with ice in rocks glass
  2.  Garnish with orange peel.



1.5oz Bulleit 10 year

.75 Velvet Falernum

.5oz dry Curaçao

.75oz grapefruit juice

.5oz lime

2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters


  1. Shaken on the rocks