This week, Cocktail Maestro Norm Owen fills us in on the crucial role Canadian spirits played in cocktail scene during America’s prohibition era – a reason Canadian Rye figures in so many classics! He offers up an historic cocktail for the occasion, plus a fun punch to celebrate the big day…
The Algonquin Cocktail
1.5 oz Canadian Rye
.75 oz white vermouth
.75 oz pineapple juice
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass full of ice and stir until very cold (despite the presence of juice in this one, stir instead of shake to avoid foaming the pineapple juice). Strain into a coupe, and enjoy!
The Canada Day Punch
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 fresh raspberries. Add…
1.5 oz vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 oz crème de cassis
.25 oz crème de framboise or Chambord
.5 oz simple syrup
Shake on ice until very cold, then fine strain it (you want to get rid of the pulp) into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with raspberries and sprig of mint. Enjoy it, eh?