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Cinnamon Heart Soda

Feb 11, 2015

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Cinnamon Heart Soda is surprisingly refreshing and easy to make. All you have to do is make a simple syrup using cinnamon heart candies! Add the following ingredients to a small pot and bring to a simmer while whisking on the stovetop.

 

– ¼ cup of sugar
– Heaping ¼ cup of cinnamon heart candies
– ½ cup of water

 

The cinnamon heart candies will dissolve almost completely. Pour the syrup in a bowl or container and place it in the fridge without a lid to cool. There is no need to strain the syrup, as you pour it, any pieces of the candies should remain at the bottom of the pot.

 

Once your syrup is cooled you can mix the drink. In a glass, add the following:

 

– Ice cubes (we froze one cinnamon heart candy in each ice cube for extra flavour and to make the cubes red)
– 1oz cinnamon heart syrup (add more to taste if you like it sweeter)
– 1oz vodka
– The juice of one lemon wedge

 

Stir the ingredients together and top it all off with soda. Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Years Eve Bubbly Beverages

Dec 27, 2014

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Don’t bring in the New Year with an ill informed beverage choice. You can get an enjoyable bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne no matter what you budget is! Here are my six choices for New Years Eve bubbly beverages based on price point, from entry-level up.

 

Bottega Il Vino de Poeti Gold Brut Prosecco – Italy, $24.99

If you’re unsure that you will appreciate a more expensive bottle, go for the Italian classic, Prosecco. At $24.99 the gold bottle edition feels a little bit more celebratory than it actually is!

 

Cave Spring NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Niagra Escarpment VQA – Canada, $35.99

My Canadian sparkling wine pick is a dry, medium bodied, Niagra brut-style sparking wine with hint of sweetness.

 

Lallier Grand Reserve Champagne GC Brut – France, $54.54

At under $55 dollars you can celebrate New Years Eve with this entry-level priced French Champagne instead of the less impressive sounding sparkling wines.

 

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne 2002 – France, $83.19

If you genuinely enjoy sparling wines and Champagne, but have never gotten past the entry-level priced bottles, then this is great Champagne to start with. You’ll get a long, rich finish with subtle, refreshing notes at an exceptional value.

 

Bollinger La Grande Année Champagne Brut – France, $157.02

This Champagne is fermented in oak barrels with exotic spices and has silky smooth bubbles.

 

Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon Champagne Brut – France, $235.99

If you’ve had a particularly exceptional year and want your choice of champagne to reflect that, my favourite is the vibrant and classic Dom Pérignon.

 

Availability ​and prices may vary depending on your city/province.

 
Happy New Year!

Ginger Apple Cocktail

Nov 5, 2014

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Here’s a simple autumn inspired cocktail using fresh apples, pear vodka, and ginger ale! You will need to make a simple honey syrup by combining two parts honey to one part boiling water. Stir to dissolve and allow to it cool slightly.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:
– 1 oz pear flavoured vodka
– .75 oz lime juice
– .75 oz honey syrup
– 3 slices of fresh apple

 

Use a muddler to break up the apple slightly, and to combine the ingredients. Add a hand full of ice and shake to combine. Pour into a glass on top of fresh ice and top it up with ginger ale. Add a thin apple slice to the rim as garnish and Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Kahlúa Coffee

Sep 11, 2014

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Are you discouraged from making homemade pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving because having a quarter can of pumpkin puree leftover is unsettling? Here’s a solution… Make pumpkin Kahlúa coffee with it, obviously. Add 1 Tbsp. of the pumpkin puree to your mug with 1 oz of Kahlúa and two or three pinches of ground cinnamon. Mix it all together and fill the mug with your favourite coffee. Add cream, milk or sugar to taste and top it off with some whipped cream and another sprinkling of cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

 

Simple Summer Cocktail

Aug 7, 2014

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Here’s a simple summer drink recipe that’s easy to make and only requires a cocktail shaker or a muddler. Instead of using a simple syrup of sugar and water, which needs to be brought to a simmer on the stove top, this drink uses an easy to make honey syrup. Simply boil some water in a kettle or on the stove and mix two parts honey to one part water.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:

– a hand full of ice
– 1oz honey syrup
– 1oz amber or spiced rum
– 10–12 mint leaves
– juice from half a lime

 

Shake and pour into a glass on top of fresh ice. The ice in the shaker will crush the mint to flavour the drink. I prefer to use a shaker instead of a muddler because it strains out the larger pieces of mint when you pour. Add soda water and stir to finish.

 

If you do not have a cocktail shaker, you can add the ingredients listed above, except for the ice, directly into a glass and use a muddler to crush the mint. Strain, if desired, and then add the ice and soda and stir. Enjoy!

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