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!
2 oz (60 ml) Famous Grouse Blended Scotch whisky
¾ tsp (4 ml) honey
Splash of water
Lemon twist for garnish
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.
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.
When the season changes and the temperature falls, I embrace spirits full of flavour with smooth oak notes.
Dock No. 57, a smooth Canadian whisky spiced with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon and caramel, blends nicely with apple juice and fizzy ginger ale. The whisky is named after the historic shipping dock in Windsor, Ont., where Canadian Club is produced.
Drinks like this make it easier to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.
1 oz. Canadian Club Dock No. 57
2 oz. Apple juice
2 oz. Ginger ale
2 dashes cinnamon
Garnish with a cinnamon stick
Pour apple juice, two dashes cinnamon and Dock 57 into a shaker. Shake with ice and then strain into a glass with new ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a dash of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.
Spiced whisky is not as sweet as a spiced rum so it’s a great choice for those who don’t what a sugary tasting spirit.
Look for apple juice that says “not from concentrate” on the label because using juice that’s not from concentrate will always give you a better tasting drink.
Add depth of flavour to your favourite brew by creating a brilliant beer cocktail. Using Granville Island’s Hefeweizen beer with fruity flavours of banana and apricot, mix in refreshingly tart pink grapefruit and smooth Canadian whisky we achieve an incredibly light full-flavoured drink.
1oz Canadian Club Whisky
1oz Pink Grapefruit juice
8oz Granville Island Hefeweizen Beer
Use a juice press to extract the juice from a pink grapefruit, measure out 1 ounce (28ml) into a beer glass.
Add Canadian Club Whisky and slowly pour Granville Island Hefeweizen into the mixture.
Garnish for this beer cocktail is completely optional. You can leave as is or add a wedge of the pink grapefruit to allow additional tartness, or a wheel to show off, or float a wheel in the cocktail.
Hefeweizen means suspended yeast and is an unfiltered wheat ale.