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.


1½ oz The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

¾ oz orange juice

¾ oz lemon juice

Half an orange wheel, to garnish


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.


Use fresh-pressed juice for the best flavour.

Brooklyn 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.


1½ oz Alberta Premium rye

¾ oz sweet vermouth

Dash of maraschino liqueur

Twist of lemon to finish


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.


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!


Winter Classic

Winter Classic

Winter Classic

Here’s a fruity, spiced medley of crisp raspberry, soft oak-aged Canadian whisky, tart lemon and fiery ginger to warm your winter nights.


1 oz Canadian Club Classic 12 year

½ oz Bols Cherry Brandy liqueur

4-5 fresh raspberries

1 oz fresh lemon juice

Top with ginger beer

Garnish with a lemon wedge


Place the raspberries in a mixing glass and muddle until raspberries have been broken apart. Add a scoop of ice and pour in all ingredients except for the ginger beer. Shake until well mixed and chilled. Double strain into a glass with new ice. Top with ginger beer and place garnish on the rim.


Double-straining involves using a Hawthorne strainer (the one with the spring) and a fine strainer.

Canadian Club Classic is aged 12 years in oak barrels, which imparts the spirit with mellow wood flavours.

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.


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


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


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.

Canadian Daisy

Canadian DaisyCanadian Daisy

Whether you are preparing a meal or mixing a drink, fresh ingredients always make a positive difference. The Canadian Daisy features real lemon and crisp raspberries, soft woody oak notes and some fizz: a beautiful blend of flavours using fresh ingredients and premium spirits.


1 oz. Canadian Club whisky

2 lemon wedges

3 raspberries, including one to garnish

1 tsp. sugar

Splash of Courvoisier VS cognac

Splash of Soda


In a glass, muddle lemon wedges, two raspberries, and sugar. Fill glass with ice and pour in whisky. Add soda to just below the rim and stir gently. Slowly drizzle Courvoisier VS around the top of the drink. Garnish with raspberry.


When using fresh ingredients, it’s important to taste them before using them in a drink. Eat a raspberry to taste how ripe it is. If the batch of fruit you have isn’t as vibrant in taste as the last, you may need to add more to give the drink the same flavour. Is the lemon juicy and bright yellow, or dry and old? The better your ingredients, the better the end result.

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