Buzzworthy local beverages without the buzz


When the warmer weather hits, it’s not hard to work up a thirst. So, for this edition of our blog, we wanted to profile some refreshing Nova Scotia beverages that aren’t alcoholic. They’re refreshing, easy to enjoy and totally local.


Stirling Apple Cider

The Stirling family has been growing apples in the Valley for three generations. Those operations now include u-picks, farm market locations and a range of Stirling products including apple cider. They make hard apple cider too, but we’re talking about the fresh and sweet beverage that’s so Nova Scotian.


Cove Kombucha

Kombucha has been around for centuries. Cove Kombucha is a little newer, but they are making this traditional drink with organic ingredients in a variety of flavours including orange ginger and raspberry lemonade. The pro-biotics in the drink promote a healthy gut, and who doesn’t want a healthy gut?


Terra Beata

Slightly sweet, slightly tart and all natural, Terra Beata Cranberry Farm from Lunenburg is juicing and bottling part of their cranberry harvest. Terra Beata Ready-to-Drink Cranberry Juice Is their own recipe and it’s pretty darned good. We find it very refreshing on a hot day. You can also buy their Pure Cranberry Juice, which contains only one ingredient. Bet you can’t guess what it is. All you need to do is dilute the juice with water and enjoy.


Propeller Brewing Co. Ginger Beer

Propeller Brewing is one of Nova Scotia’s most storied craft brewers with more than 20 years in the business. And along the way, they also brewed up a pretty wicked Ginger Beer. It’s all natural and has a great natural ginger flavor with a hint of ginseng. We know this is supposed to be a non-alcoholic blog, but we have to say, this makes a perfect Moscow Mule mixer. If your tastes run more toward Root Beer, you’re also in luck. Propeller makes that too.


Van Dyk’s Pure Blueberry Juice

Made with 100% Canada Grade A wild blueberries, Van Dyk’s Blueberry Juice is a shot of pure healthy goodness. It’s so good that it was awarded the Best New Juice Award at the World Juice Congress. It can be diluted with water, mixed with other juices, added to smoothies or mixed with sparkling water to create a refreshing spritzer.


When you’re looking for refreshment, look for local. It’s that easy. With these local beverages plus local craft wine, beer, cider and spirits to enjoy you’ve got plenty of choice.