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Cheers Canada!

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary since the definitive formulation of the Caesar. Here is a history of the Caesar. And this year also marks the last chance saloon for you my dear Canada. Capisce? alcoholCaesarCanadacocktailsvodka

Valhalla Vodka

It’s been a while since something interesting on the boozy front has come my way. This vodka has flavour (without being actually flavoured) coming from a residual barley mash that hasn’t been fully filtered out. This really is sipping vodka, no need to mix this stuff though a decent mixologist could do something subtle with…

Olde Winston Smoked Porter

A positive review from BeerMeBC. As an aficionado of Islay single malts and of course cigars, I couldn’t resist checking this out — I’m not overly convinced but it’s a decent enough effort. Despite the regressive licensing laws and ridiculously high tax rate on booze, BC is a hotbed of very experimental breweries and distilleries,…

Prickly Pear EquineOx

Here is an interesting tipple from Eau Claire. The nose is so compelling and though I preferred it neat (a good test) others mixed it with soda water or Pellegrino and thought it very pleasant. Small distilleries are doing terrific experiments in BC and Alberta outdoing the usual so-called premium brands of vodka and gin.…

Extremely flammable, please create with care

This is, without doubt, the best Canuck tipple that I’ve had. It may well be the best vodka I’ve ever had. I can’t imagine a serious mixologist not having this as the essential base for mixing vodka-based classics or as the ideal canvas against which to create some new cocktails. Just a smidgeon warms the cockles of…

Martini time

Staying true to the spirit of the recipe as handed down by the patron saint of martinis, Luis Buñuel, here is a marriage made in heaven. The London Nº1 is an absolutely superb well-priced not gimmicky new gin on the market: so smooth, it was palatable straight up ice-cold! Where I respectfully deviated from Buñuel was my use of Fee Brothers bitters rather…