With Halloween around the corner, I thought it would be a great excuse for a recipe with a ghoulish theme. No pumpkins here…not black cats and, hey, no black or orange in sight. Instead, I want am putting a spin of the classic Bloody Mary (that’s creepy…right?) and making it a tad more spooky with a green hue and a frightful kick of Ghost and Scorpion pepper hot sauce!Read More
What is better than enjoying a cocktail outside in the summer sun? Not much! In Canada, we relish patio season. The first inkling of a balmy day and you will find patios full with winter jacket-clad Canucks sipping Caesars (our national drink, don’t ya know).Read More
Happy national tequila day, muchachos! I love me a national spirit day, because what’s better than a social obligation to imbibe and better yet have a theme around it? For this oh, so sacred of holidays I have decided to steer clear of the typical sweet and lime-laden drinks that tequila usually finds itself thrown into and opt for a savoury, garden fresh concoction.Read More
Want the perfect refreshing accompaniment to any Peruvian lunch? Then you must include Chicha Morada. This is a non-alcoholic drink made from purple corn, pineapple, apple and spices that is mildly flavoured and refreshing.Read More
Although it sounds like an ‘in your face’ drink, the Sazerac is as much about aroma as it is about taste. The absinthe lined glass and lemon twist are herbaceous and fresh while the rye adds spiciness making it a level and highly enjoyable tipple. The Sazerac itself is elegantly simple. It contains few, good quality ingredients and a ritual of preparation that borders on the reverent.Read More
Happy Rum Day to all! I’ll take any excuse to drink rum, especially smack dab in the middle of summer. For this liquid holiday I’ve decided to share one of my favourite rum creations, which pairs semi-savoury cilantro with sweet pineapple.
I love, love, LOVE cilantro, but it wasn’t always so. One of my earliest memories of cilantro was in a Peruvian dish called seco, which stewed out this fresh and floral herb into an unrecognizable green sludge, which tasted little of the vibrant original. However, working in an Asian restaurant for a bit, showed me how lovely fresh cilantro can be, particularly when paired with spicy or fruity foods. Now I love it and look for any place to put it. I wish I could roll about in it like a kitty in catnip.Read More
Ahh, the Pisco Sour. A tangy, refreshing cocktail that tastes like a whisky sour meets a margarita meets a key lime pie. Delicious.
The Pisco Sour is the national drink of two South American countries, Peru and Chile and each country claims the drink as their own creation.
I know I have had many a delicious Pisco Sour before but my fondest memory was on my last trip to Peru for a family wedding. On our first night in, despite the late hour my cousins escorted me to Huaringas, a popular and long-standing bar in Lima that claims to have the best Pisco Sour in the country, and boy was it spectacular: acidic, creamy and subtly floral from the Pisco. They had the classic of course as well as many blended with exotic jungle fruits from the Amazon like aguaymanto, maca, maracuya and more.Read More