Astronaut

AstronautAstronaut

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.

Ingredients

½ oz Banff Ice Vodka

½ oz white rum

½ oz lemon juice

dash of passion fruit juice

Garnish with a lemon wedge

Method

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

Extra

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.

Ingredients

3/4 oz. Banff Ice Vodka

3/4 oz. Kahlua Liqueur

1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

2 oz. Milk

Chocolate shavings for garnish

Method

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.

Tips

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.

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

Tips

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.

Envy Martini

Envy Martini

To celebrate St. Patty’s Day you need green — and lots of it. To help with your quest I present to you a fitting martini: Envy. The flavours of hazelnut, sweet melon, fuzzy peach and fresh citrus complement each other to form a sweet martini. Be the envy of the room where green beer is the standard.

Ingredients

3/4 oz. Banff Ice Vodka

1/4 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1/2 oz. Bols Melon Liqueur

1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps

1/4 oz. lime juice

Garnish with a lime wheel

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Tips

If you find this martini too sweet for your liking, increase the amount of lime juice.

Using fresh squeezed lime juice is always going to give you a better tasting drink. The better the ingredients, the better the final result.