Sail Away

Sail Away


Set mom sailing to a pampered paradise this Mother’s Day. After treating her to some flowers and a nice meal, mix her this martini — featuring melon and peach flavours balanced with fresh lime — so she can kick back and relax. To all the wonderful moms, happy Mother’s Day!


1 oz Bols Melon liqueur

1 oz Bols Peach liqueur

2 oz Banff Ice Vodka

¾ oz fresh lime juice

Garnish with a twist of lime peel


Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and place the lime peel twist on the rim.


If you would like to keep your martini cold longer, chill the martini glass ahead a time.





Space has long captured our imagination and has been a driving force in bringing the world together. That combination has helped lead to the International Space Station and its first Canadian commander, astronaut Chris Hadfield. In honour of the spirit of collaboration, this week’s feature is a mix of Canadian prairie wheat vodka, sugar cane rum, zesty lemon, and sweet passion fruit. So shake up this cocktail, lie back and relax staring at the stars.


½ oz Banff Ice Vodka

½ oz white rum

½ oz lemon juice

dash of passion fruit juice

Garnish with a lemon wedge


Pour all ingredients into a shaker glass and shake well. Strain in a small glass with new ice. Place lemon wedge garnish.


Hadfield is bringing the experience of being an astronaut to us all. Follow Chris Hadfield on Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield

Girl Guide Cookie


Girl Guide Cookie

Last week, while buying a box of Girl Guide cookies, I was reminded of a martini I used to make many years ago. This martini tastes very similar to the popular cookies, with flavours of cocoa, coffee, peppermint and milk. Now I can save the cookies for the kids while I have my own adult version.


3/4 oz. Banff Ice Vodka

3/4 oz. Kahlua Liqueur

1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

2 oz. Milk

Chocolate shavings for garnish


Fill a martini glass with ice to let chill while we make the drink. Fill a shaker glass with ice and pour in all the ingredients. Shake thoroughly and discard the ice in the martini glass. Then strain in the now chilled glass. Grate chocolate over the drink.


This martini is perfect for dessert.

Substitute almond milk or lactose free milk if you have an allergy to dairy.

Summer Melon Beer

Summer Melon Beer

Cocktails come in many variations and although beer isn’t commonly used in the mix, this drink wouldn’t be the same without it. Juicy watermelon, orange zest and maraschino cherry combine with Hefeweizen beer, which adds banana and apricot flavours. This beverage is less sweet than you might expect.


3/4 oz. (22 mL) Banff Ice Vodka

1/4 oz. (7 mL) Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

1-2 oz. (28 mL-56 mL) Watermelon Juice

2 dashes Orange Bitters

8 oz. (250 mL) Granville Island Hefeweizen Beer

Slice of watermelon for garnish


Cut three watermelon cubes about one inch by one inch. Press the liquid out with either a juice press or muddle. Measure approximately one ounce and pour into a beer glass. Add Banff ice vodka, maraschino liqueur, and bitters. Gently pour beer into the glass and garnish with a watermelon slice.


Banff Ice Vodka is distilled from Canadian prairie wheat and goes well with a wheat beer like Hefeweizen.

The use of orange bitters is a great way to add intense flavour to your cocktails. If you don’t have any, use a small amount of fresh orange juice. It won’t be quite the same as the bitters, though.

Hefeweizen means suspended yeast and is an unfiltered wheat ale.