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Aviation Cocktail

Friday Night Cocktail: Aviation

In pretty much any field of experience, there are signals you can send to let other people know that you’re part of the “in” crowd. In the cocktail world, it sometimes involves ordering specific drinks, or drinks that feature specific ingredients, which are usually trendy, obscure, or both. This is often referred to as a […]

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Canadian Whisky book

The white knight of Canadian whisky

In the world of whisky, the Canadian stuff is awfully popular, but doesn’t always get a lot of respect among connoisseurs. Davin de Kergommeaux is hoping to change that. The former sommelier turned whisky writer, whose palate and pen lie behind the Canadian Whisky website, recently released his book Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert. He […]

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Hop Toad

Friday Night Cocktail: Hop Toad

Mixing cocktails from older cocktail books offers as many challenges as rewards. In the hardest cases, the specified ingredients no longer exist at all, such as Hercules, Forbidden Fruit or Caperitif. But even when an ingredient still exists, that doesn’t mean it’s always clear which ingredient it is. Take “apricot brandy.” There are two distinct […]

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Book Review: “Unquenchable” by Natalie MacLean

In the opening chapter of her first book, Red, White and Drunk All Over, wine writer Natalie MacLean visits the famous Burgundy wine estate of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Her latest book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, is predicated on the idea that the wine world is much broader than […]

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Bamboo Cocktail

Friday Night Cocktail: Aperitifs and the Bamboo Cocktail

For one reason or another, most of my alcohol consumption lately has been in the form of wine, which means that cocktails have taken a back seat. But sometimes, even when I’ve already got a wine picked out for dinner, I have that itch that only a cocktail can scratch. For those times, it’s nice […]

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Pegu Club 1

Friday Night Cocktail: Pegu Club

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this drink yet, because it was one of the first ones I fell in love with when I started getting serious about cocktails. In fact, the desire to make this cocktail was probably the impetus behind me acquiring my first bottle of orange bitters. In part, my interest […]

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Friday Night Cocktail: Painkiller

In a Canadian winter, it’s sometimes fun to mix up a tropical concoction to briefly ease the pain of these dark, snowy months. Few things transport you from white snowdrifts to white sandy beaches as quickly as a glass filled with fruit juice and rum. And sometimes the name even fits the condition, as is […]

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French 75

Friday Night Cocktail: French 75

Although I’m a firm believer in drinking champagne and other sparkling wines at any time, there’s no denying that they’re great for celebrating, too. And there are few better reasons to celebrate than ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. If you find yourself with some extra bubbly (or some leftover that’s […]

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Up-to-Date Cocktail

Friday Night Cocktail: Up-To-Date

No matter how many times I try, I can’t quite seem to get a handle on sherry. I know the fundamentals: that it’s a fortified wine made in certain regions of Spain, that it’s fermented by a film-forming yeast called flor, and that it’s aged in a fractional blending system called a solera. But once […]

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FNC Autumn Leaves

Friday Night Cocktail: Autumn Leaves, with variations

Despite my abiding love for apples, especially at this time of year, I rarely seem to use apple brandy in cocktails. Applejack is a beloved ingredient among American mixologists, but it’s unavailable here in Ontario. What apple brandy there is – predominantly Calvados – is pretty pricy for a base spirit, so I think hard […]

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