It’s Canada Day, up Canada way, and what better way to celebrate the 150th birthday of the True North, Strong and Free than with a couple of classy cocktails! Both of these cocktails are featured in the Summer issue of Taste magazine. Check it out right here.
Not only does it have these great recipes but of bunch of other ones too!
First up, since we’re in the Greater Vancouver area, is the Vancouver Cocktail. We believe this was first served up in The Sylvia Hotel in the 1950’s. Look at the Sylvia here. What an awesome place.
The Vancouver Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces Victoria Gin (we used a combo of Bombay Sapphire and Boodles)
1/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth (Martine Rosso)
1/4 ounce B&B (Benedictine and Brandy)
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon peel for garnish
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a lemon peel over the drink and use as a garnish.
This is a lovely drink and hard to pin down (just like Vancouver itself). All the flavours play well together and each one seems to get it’s own little part of the tongue to shine on. (just like Vancouver itself).
Next up, we travel across the country to Toronto and a zesty little drink they call the Toronto Cocktail. This drink may or may not have been created in England. Doesn’t matter, we’re making it anyway and you should too!
The Toronto Cocktail
2 ounces rye whiskey (we used Canadian Club 100% Rye)
1/4 ounce Fernet Branca
1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1)
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
Orange peel for garnish
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist an orange peel over the drink and use as a garnish.
What a surprising drink (just like Toronto itself)! The Fernet Branca (which everybody is kind of afraid of) turns this drink into an amazingly flavourful voyage of discovery (just like Toronto itself)!
Both of these drinks are elegant and a little on the dry side. Neither of them are traditional Summer patio thirst quenchers. These are pre dinner, appetite enhancing marvels and we hope you give both of them a try.
When you do, raise your glasses and give a little toast to Canada. 150 years old is nothing to sneeze at, right?
Happy Canada Day everybody!
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