Ink Street

Ink Street

INK STREET

Whether you’re a writer or avid reader, here’s a cocktail that’s sure to inspire great words. The classic Ink Street is a mix of citrus-sweet orange, citrus-sour lemon and blended scotch whisky with a light oak finish.

I’ve come across many variations of this cocktail that use a different whisky, but I particularly enjoy the flavours in the blended scotch and how they interact with the orange and lemon notes.

Ingredients

1½ oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

¾ oz orange juice

¾ oz lemon juice

Half an orange wheel, to garnish

Method

Chill a cocktail glass with ice and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the cocktail glass and strain in shaken ingredients. Place the half orange wheel garnish on the rim.

Tips

Use fresh-pressed juice for the best flavour.

Brooklyn Cocktail

Brooklyn CocktailBROOKLYN COCKTAIL

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.

Ingredients

1½ oz Alberta Premium rye

¾ oz sweet vermouth

Dash of maraschino liqueur

Twist of lemon to finish

Method

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.

Tips

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!

 

Winter Classic

Winter Classic

Winter Classic

Here’s a fruity, spiced medley of crisp raspberry, soft oak-aged Canadian whisky, tart lemon and fiery ginger to warm your winter nights.

Ingredients

1 oz Canadian Club Classic 12 year

½ oz Bols Cherry Brandy liqueur

4-5 fresh raspberries

1 oz fresh lemon juice

Top with ginger beer

Garnish with a lemon wedge

Method

Place the raspberries in a mixing glass and muddle until raspberries have been broken apart. Add a scoop of ice and pour in all ingredients except for the ginger beer. Shake until well mixed and chilled. Double strain into a glass with new ice. Top with ginger beer and place garnish on the rim.

Tips

Double-straining involves using a Hawthorne strainer (the one with the spring) and a fine strainer.

Canadian Club Classic is aged 12 years in oak barrels, which imparts the spirit with mellow wood flavours.