Rocky Mountain Shrub

Rocky Mountain ShrubRocky Mountain Shrub

Celebrate Canada Day with this ingenious Canadian cocktail. The Rocky Mountain Shrub features rich, bold flavours of barrel-aged Canadian rye whisky, lemon citrus, sweet sugar water and balsamic vinegar.

This pleasingly refreshing, slightly sour cocktail is great for pairing with a fresh spring salad or a rich cheese appetizer.

Ingredients

1½ oz. Alberta Premium Dark Horse Whisky

½ oz. simple syrup (1:1 ratio sugar to water)

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. balsamic vinegar

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass with new ice.

Tips

This cocktail is a strong sour-style drink. The type of balsamic vinegar you use will determine just how sour it will initially be. To make it less sour, use more simple syrup; to make it more sour, use more lemon juice.

Ballylickey Belt

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It is the time of year when it seems everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Who can blame us? It is just so much fun. If you have moved on from the green beer and drinks chosen only for their green colour, try this one for an upgrade in sophistication. The Ballylickey Belt is a medley of honey, bubbly water, zest of lemon, and subtle toffee blended scotch whisky. Raise your glass and toast “sláinte!” Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Ingredients

2 oz (60 ml) Famous Grouse Blended Scotch whisky

¾ tsp (4 ml) honey

Splash of water

Sparkling water

Lemon twist for garnish

Method

In a short rocks glass, add honey and a splash of water. Stir to dissolve honey into the water. Add ice, Famous Grouse whisky and top with sparkling water. Give a brief, gentle stir. Twist lemon peel over the glass, rub around the rim and drop into drink.

Tips

Substitute San Pellegrino Lemon flavour sparkling water for regular sparkling water to add even more citrus flavours.

If making more that one, plan ahead and create a honey syrup by combining honey into equal parts warm water.

Astronaut

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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