Red Manhattan

Red Stag Manhattan

Red Manhattan

The end of the year is approaching and with it comes a chance to reflect. One of my favourite cocktails of the past year is the Red Manhattan, which is full of flavours of rich black cherry, light vanilla, a touch of caramel and woody oak. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Ingredients

1½ oz Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon

½ oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Cherry to garnish

Method

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a martini or cocktail coupe. Garnish if desired.

Tips

Stirring the drink rather than shaking is important to the balance of the cocktail. Stirring causes less dilution from the ice melting and subduing the flavours.

Ink Street

Ink Street

INK STREET

Whether you’re a writer or avid reader, here’s a cocktail that’s sure to inspire great words. The classic Ink Street is a mix of citrus-sweet orange, citrus-sour lemon and blended scotch whisky with a light oak finish.

I’ve come across many variations of this cocktail that use a different whisky, but I particularly enjoy the flavours in the blended scotch and how they interact with the orange and lemon notes.

Ingredients

1½ oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

¾ oz orange juice

¾ oz lemon juice

Half an orange wheel, to garnish

Method

Chill a cocktail glass with ice and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the cocktail glass and strain in shaken ingredients. Place the half orange wheel garnish on the rim.

Tips

Use fresh-pressed juice for the best flavour.

PainKiller cocktail

 

 

 

 

PainKiller

PainKiller

This is the time of year when pineapples are at their most flavourful and found in most grocery stores. This is the perfect cocktail to take advantage of pineapple’s sweet juice, which blends with other wonderful tropical flavours of rum, orange and coconut.

The Painkiller cocktail came from the Soggy Dollar Bar on the British Virgin Islands. Its creator never gave up the exact recipe so people have had to develop their own variations. Here’s mine!

 

Ingredients

2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum

2 oz pineapple juice

2/3 oz orange juice

2/3 oz coconut cream

Pineapple wedge and leaf to garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Give it a few extra shakes than usual to ensure the coconut cream is well mixed in with the other ingredients. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Place a wedge of pineapple on the rim and include a washed pineapple leaf if desired.

Tips

Use fresh juice for the best flavour. When shopping for a pineapple, choose one that’s almost completely yellow from the bottom up. These are the ripest and will have the best flavour.

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.