January 23, 2017
You Can Escape the Winter Blahs
ENJOY A TASTE OF THE TROPICS WITH THESE ENTICING COCKTAILS
A winter getaway may not be in the cards this year. But don’t let that stop you. Invite the neighbours over for a virtual beach party. Since blue cocktails are back in vogue, we’ve included some of our favourites.
CARIBBEAN MILK PUNCH
1 ounce Jamaica Rum
½ ounce Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 ounce vanilla bean simple (homemade)
1 ounce cream Dash of nutmeg
Combine liquids in a shaker.
Shake with ice until frothy and strain into a “coupe” glass. Dash with nutmeg for garnish.
1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
½ cup guava juice
¼ cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple (cut into 1-inch wedges)
6 orange slices
6 blood orange slices
6 mango slices
Seeds and juice from 1 passion fruit
In a carafe or pitcher combine wine, juices, pineapple wedges, orange slices, mango, passion fruit juice and seeds. Stir well and seal tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (or up to 24 hours). Pour sangria and fruit into glasses with crushed ice. Serves 4-6
4 parts Absolut Vodka
1½ parts Blue Curaçao
1 part Elderflower Liqueur
1 part lemon juice
Spiral lemon peel
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
Add Absolut Vodka, Blue Curacao, Elderflower Liqueur and lemon juice. Top up with tonic water. Garnish with lemon.
2 ounces Gin
¼ ounce Maraschino Liqueur
¼ ounce Creme de Violette
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Spiral lemon peel for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
CORPSE REVIVER NUMBER BLUE
1 ounce London Dry Gin
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Blue Curaçao
1 dash of Absinthe
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel for garnish
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
SON OF A BEACH
1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Fino Sherry
½ ounce Blue Curaçao
½ ounce pineapple gum
½ ounce lemon juice
Seasonal berries and pineapple leaves
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake for about 10-15 seconds to chill down. Double strain over shaved ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with pineapple leaves and seasonal berries.
From gin, to vodka and even that favourite of the tropics, rum, Alberta is producing an amazing variety of spirits.
It’s been 150 years since Canada’s Confederation, and a notable reason to celebrate our great country.
We’ve got the rolling prairies, the towering Rockies and a reputation for being the friendliest province in the country.