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!

 

Whipped Me Up

Whipped Me Up

Whipped Me Up

Creamy and decadent yet light and reviving, this cocktail blends flavours of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and smooth whipped cream.

Ingredients

1 oz Pinnacle Vodka Whipped

1 oz Kahlua

1 oz espresso

1 oz Baileys

2 oz milk

Method

Pour all ingredients into a snifter glass half filled with ice. Stir briefly and enjoy.

Tips

Prepare the espresso first and allow to cool. Add as the final ingredient — this will cause less ice to melt should it still be a little warm.

Sombrero

Sombrero

Sombrero

Kick out the winter chills and remind yourself of a warm breeze, sand between your toes and sunbeams on your face with this summery cocktail.

Ingredients

1 oz Sauza Gold tequila

1 oz Bols Crème de Cacao

4 oz milk or cream

Grated nutmeg to finish

Method

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker tin half filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a margarita glass. Grate a little nutmeg over top of the drink to finish.

Tips

When you are using a heavy ingredient such as milk or cream, it’s important to shake a few more times than normal to make sure everything is mixed together.

Feel free to substitute the milk or cream for almond milk or lactose-free milk.

Torpedo

Torpedo

Torpedo

The delicate balance of French oak cognac and orange liqueur is supported by fresh orange and lemon juices in this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac

1/4oz Bols Triple Sec liqueur

1/8 oz fresh lemon juice

1/4oz simple syrup

2 oz fresh orange juice

Orange peel for garnish

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

Tips

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts hot water and sugar.

Using fresh squeezed juice creates the most flavourful drinks.

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.

Whipped Cocoa

Whipped Cocao

Whipped Cocoa

Feeling the cold? Warm up with a nice hot whipped cocoa. It’s the perfect hot chocolate for adults, combining rich cocoa with vodka that is infused with smooth whipped cream.

Top it off with fluffy whipped cream and chocolate flakes and enjoy it as you warm up from the inside.

Ingredients

1 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

4 oz Hot Chocolate

Dollop of whipped cream Sprinkle of chocolate flakes

Method

Pour Pinnacle Whipped Vodka into a heat-resistant glass or mug. Add hot chocolate and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle chocolate flakes over top.

Tips

Many warm cocktails include cream liqueurs. The benefit of using Pinnacle Whipped Vodka is that it delivers a silky smooth, creamy flavour without the heaviness of a thick cream liqueur.