A Bootlegger’s Death; Florence Lassandro

A Bootlegger’s Death; Florence Lassandro

Alberta, a Bootlegger paradise To say that Alberta has a checkered past with its relationship to alcohol is putting it mildly. This constant strain between the people who like to drink VS. the people who try to prevent them has wielded more wild stories than I can recount in a small piece. The territory that became Alberta first enacted prohibition in 1875. That fell apart by 1892, partly due to widespread bootlegging. “Yes, I voted for…

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Eggnog worth a riot | West Point Nog

Eggnog worth a riot | West Point Nog

The Holidays are upon us, and just like every Holiday season, there are three things you just can’t run away from: aggravating Christmas music, fruitcake, and eggnog. (Include things, or people, we missed in the comments) Eggnog is the liquid equivalent of the Christmas sweater. No one is particularly excited about it, but you still do it once a year because you don’t want to be the one who disses the tradition. But let’s face…

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The Controversy Surrounding the Toronto (Cocktail)

The Controversy Surrounding the Toronto (Cocktail)

Good day fellow imbibers! Let’s indulge in the classic Toronto Cocktail Here is the recipe as we have come to love it, through a few years of experimentation, and with a few of our favorite ingredients: 2 oz Michter’s Single Barrel Rye 1/4oz to 1/2oz Simple Syrup to taste 4 heavy dashes Dillon’s Angelica Bitters Combine ingredients in a stirring vessel. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Express lemon oil…

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Teapot Manhattan, pick me up cocktail..

Teapot Manhattan, pick me up cocktail..

When you consider the different “era’s” in cocktails and bartending, you are ultimately hit with a melting pot of idea’s and directions you can take any cocktail creation. This cocktails was inspired by the vintage glass that was a gift. I then had a gorgeous Earl Grey Infused Liqueur, along with @ADAMSBITTERS Teapot bitters. [a personal favourite] This is not a fussy cocktail, following the modern take on the Manhattan with 3 oz of quality…

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A Saratoga Cocktail, Remy Martin meets High West rye & house bitters

A Saratoga Cocktail, Remy Martin meets High West rye & house bitters

1 oz Remy Martin VSOP 1 oz High West Double Rye 1 oz Carpano Antica 2 dashes of house Angostura Style Bitters Add ingredients to mixing glass, stir well, and julep strain into chilled tasting glass. The Saratoga is reminiscent of the times in Saratoga Springs, (The Hampton’s of New York in the 19th Century), and gambling on the river boats in the gorgeous summer. Imagine New York without the skyline and sip on this…

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Café Marasca, a digestif for every occasion

Café Marasca, a digestif for every occasion

Time for a Café Marasca Cocktail! If you enjoy quality roasted espresso, sour cherry liqueur or bold rye then imagine all three joined together. Luxardo Sangue Morlacco sour cherry liqueur is excellent. For those only familiar with the classic Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, this is a markedly different expression. It is much closer to the popular Cherry Heering than the potent perfume of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. Sangue Morlacco is made from the Luxardo family’s own proprietary marasca cherry trees. These 25,000…

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“A Vieux Carre” A look @pdtnyc handbook

“A Vieux Carre” A look @pdtnyc handbook

Let us first get a drink in hand and then onto the rest; 1.5 parts Pendleton 12 yr Canadian Ry Whiskey 1 part Hennessy Black 1 part Carpana Antica 1/4 part B&B Dom Benedictine 1 dash Peychauds 1 Angostura ice cube Add all ingredients without the Angostura cube to mixing glass. Stir well, julep strain into chilled coupe. Add Angostura cube and enjoy. This recipe is straight from the PDT Batender’s Guide who lovingly took…

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“Spice Bomb”

1 part Alberta Premium Dark Horse Rye 1 part Makers 46 Bourbon 1 part Bitter Truth Apricot Brandy 1/4 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 2 barspoons Bittered Sling MoonDog bitters 1 heavy dash Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper bitters Method: Combine ingredients in stirring vessel. Add ice. Stir and serve up in a chilled coupe. Lemon oil misted on top & serve.

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“Monsieur Toddy”

2 parts Glenmorangie 1 part Eagle Rare Reserve 12 yr 1/2 part fresh lemon juice 12 parts *Tea 1 lemon rind 1.5 bar spoons organic honey Brew Tea, add ingredients without honey to tea cup. Add tea, stir honey to taste, squeeze rind and leave steep in the glass. *Tea; – hibiscus, rose hips, chicory, blackberry leaves, hawthorn, chamomile, dried cherries. *pick your favorite flavour.

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“Ambrosia Cider Tea Punch”

This is the “Homes For The Holidays” recipe 4 parts Steeped ‘Steeps’ Organic Cinnamon Embers Tea 2 parts Demerara Sugar, Ambrosia Apple, Spiced Syrup 1 part Alberta Premium Dark Horse Rye 1 part Okanagan Spirits Canados Apple Brandy 1/2 part Fresh lime juice 3 dashes Kale & Nori CrabApple Cardamom bitters http://kaleandnori.com/bittered-sling-extracts 2 dashes Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters (optional, if unavailable) 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters (available at Safeway) Garnish with whole star anise 1…

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