There’s been some monkey business going on behind the bar. My trusty mascot persuaded me to recreate his favourite dessert as a cocktail to delight the senses. The result is a smooth blend of creamy flavours that your sweet tooth will just go bananas for.
1½ oz Pinnacle Whipped vodka
½ oz Bols Banana Liqueur
1 oz 1-per-cent milk
Banana slice to garnish
Ice a martini glass and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the martini glass. Strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass.
Using Pinnacle Whipped vodka gives a whipped-cream taste so you don’t need heavy cream to achieve a great banana split flavour. You can use lactose-free milk if required.
Mixing drinks with fresh ingredients is a must for creating the best cocktails and the Brown Derby is a great example of this. It just wouldn’t be the same without the tang of fresh grapefruit juice to balance the soft oak flavours of the bourbon and sweet honey.
2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
¼ oz honey syrup (1:1 ratio honey and hot water)
Grapefruit peel to garnish
Ice a cocktail glass and set aside to chill. Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker. Shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the chilling cocktail glass. Strain shaken ingredients into the now chilled glass. Twist grapefruit peel and slip into the drink.
Using the honey syrup rather than pure honey makes it easier to mix into the drink.
I like to pick up drink recipes during tropical vacations. The Atlantic Breeze, which I came across while visiting the Cayman Islands, is refreshing enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you aren’t. The flavours start with sweet vanilla, followed by light apricot, pineapple, tart lemon and dry aged rum.
1 1/2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy liqueur
2 1/2 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Lemon juice
1/4 oz Galliano Liqueur
Garnish with an orange wheel
Pour all ingredients except the Galliano into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and then float the Galliano on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and enjoy.
This drink is a breeze to make. Floating the Galliano on top allows the rich aroma and sweet flavour of vanilla to be the first to reach your senses.
In celebration of this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which takes place at the home stadium of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets, here’s a cocktail from the area. The Brooklyn Cocktail is layered with flavours of tart lemon, bold rye whisky and sweet red vermouth and is finished with maraschino cherry. It’s a super drink to share with friends while cheering on two teams at the top of their game.
1½ oz Alberta Premium rye
¾ oz sweet vermouth
Dash of maraschino liqueur
Twist of lemon to finish
Pour all ingredients except lemon into a mixing glass and stir until well chilled. Strain into a short rocks glass with a few cubes of ice. Twist a long strip of lemon peel over the glass, rub around the rim and place in the drink.
Alberta Premium rye is made from 100-per-cent rye grain, which gives a bolder flavour profile than other whiskies.
If you want to make pitchers of this cocktail for a party, have the lemon peels prepared ahead of time.
And if you’re rooting for the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch, float a few Skittles — the star running back’s favourite snack — in the drink for good luck!