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Fun and Tasty Brown Booze Cocktails

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All recipes make one cocktail.

Whiskey Smash

West Coast Negroni

The Burnley Miner

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Ian Walsh, Hayden Block This classic drink is as simple to make as it is to drink. It’s almost too easy to have too many.

Nathan Newman, The Derrick Gin Mill and Kitchen Canada’s premier gin bar is always experimenting with new kinds of gin. This take on the booze-forward Italian beverage uses some interesting B.C. spirits for a Canadian spin.

Darren Fabian, Alloy Restaurant See how bourbon can work together with a classic tea blend to create a unique spin on the southern summer staple, sweet tea.

Dylan Macleod, Native Tongues Taqueria The smokey signature liquor of Mexico helps put a Latin American spin on everyone’s favourite party starter cocktail, the French 75.

1 small rosemary sprig

1 oz. Peloton de la Muerte mezcal

1 t. simple syrup

1/2 oz. Peach Syrup (recipe follows)

2 lemon wedges

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

2 oz. Elijah Craig whiskey 1 oz. simple syrup 4 mint leaves 1/2 lemon, cubed

1 oz. Odd Society Spirits Oaken Wallflower Gin

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

1/2 ounce Aperol

1-1/2 oz. Maker’s Mark

3 dashes Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla bitters

1/2 Odd Society Bittersweet Vermouth

1/2 oz. Benedictine

prosecco, enough to top up

grapefruit peel or fresh rosemary for garnish

2 oz. lavender Earl Grey tea

lime peel for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a large mixing glass, stir and strain into a rocks glass over a large Ice cube. Garnish with grapefruit peel or rosemary.

fresh rosemary sprig for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, peach syrup, lime juice and bitters.

Place all ingredients into a shaker and muddle. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and enjoy.

(If you don’t have access to large ice cubes at home, chill the glass in the freezer before preparing the cocktail)

Coat rosemary sprig with simple syrup and use a small blow torch to torch until brown. Alternatively, place the sprig in the oven on high broil until leaves begin to char and sugar caramelizes. Remove the leaves from the stem, place into a cocktail shaker with lemon wedges and liquids. Muddle, shake over ice and then double strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Shake with ice, then fine-strain into a coupe or flute. Top with approximately 3 oz. of prosecco. Garnish with lime peel and serve. Peach Syrup: combine 4 c. sliced peaches (fresh or frozen), 2 c. water and 2 c. sugar in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool with the peaches in it, then strain and store in the refrigerator to use as desired.

Your next cocktail party just got tastier! The World’s Best Whiskies, IMHO!

1. Lot 40 Single Copper Pot Still – This is the best bang for your buck Canadian whisky, hands down, and it’s also 100% Rye. $49

(That would be the humble opinion of Kensington Wine Market’s owner, Andrew Ferguson, AKA Scotch Guy, and master of the world’s whiskies)

2. Nikka Pure Malt Black – A Japanese blended malt with a touch of peat and sherry and lots of layers. Love the bottle! $70

Selection of the Best Whiskies in the world is a very subjective matter. I’ve restricted my choices to the best whiskies available in Alberta across a range of styles. While age can be a sign of quality, it is not a guarantee! Nor is price. The price points of my selections vary from $40 to $960, so there is something for everyone…

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3. Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon – You don’t have to make bourbon in Kentucky, but it has to be made in the U.S., and we think Wyoming makes one of the best. $70 4. Forty Creek Confederation Oak – Matured in oak trees planted around the time of Confederation, this is one of Canada’s best whiskies. $71

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5. Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash – Not strictly a bourbon, but it’s made in that style and one of my favourite American whiskies! $85 6. Blanton’s Gold Edition Bourbon – This is a single barrel bourbon, always changing, but without exception always one of the best bourbons around. $99 7. Amrut Intermediate Sherry – This big fruity Indian single malt has solidified Amrut’s reputation as one of the world’s best whisky makers! $110 8. Springbank 15 Year – A benchmark Scotch whisky with a

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City Palate July August 2017  

The Flavour of Calgary's Food Scene - Summer in the City Palate