My friend Barb at Creative Culinary is celebrating today and with good cause. Over the past year, Friday after Friday, she has completed some of the most visually stunning and deliciously tantalizing posts, serving up some of the best and most unique cocktails to her readers. Today she is hosting a virtual cocktail party (complete with prizes) and when asked if I would like to attend I did not hesitate. When Barb is gracious enough to include you in her festivities one would be hard-pressed decline the invitation.
Today I’m delighted to be joining over thirty other bloggers and fans of Barb’s Cocktail Friday and I’m bringing along a drink that surprised me when I tasted it because I really enjoyed it. You see, I’m not a big imbiber of alcoholic drinks. Even though I said that this was the summer I would break my Margarita virginity, I never did. Instead I stuck with my tried and true Amaretto on ice. So, when asked to BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktail) to Barb’s party I did a lot of searching for just the right drink. It had to be one that I would enjoy as well as my husband (who stays clear of the sweeter side of the cocktail bar) as well as one that may entice readers to give it a stir in the cocktail mixer.
Being the baker that I am, it’s fair to assume that I love sweets and I do! I even preferring my cocktails to be on the sweeter side, hence my love of my Amaretto and other liqueurs! So, I decided to make a cocktail that would pare perfectly with a light dessert or an after dinner serving of cheeses and breads. This cocktail will be quite pleasing to those who may enjoy consuming more spirited drinks such as what is found in a Manhattan (my husband’s drink of choice) yet certainly does not offend those who like myself, enjoy a drink that glides down smoothly without any after burn.
Thanks to Ontario wineries such a Kittling Ridge and Inniskillin, Canadian Ice Wines are popular around the world and Kittling Ridge’s signature product, Ice Wine and Brandy has won over 25 awards. It is the star in this cocktail and combined with Canadian Whiskey and Pure Canadian Maple Syrup it’s no surprise that it is called The Ultimate Canadian Cocktail.
I hope you’ll try this cocktail. I do think that you will enjoy it and you may come to understand one reason why we Canadian’s love our cooler climate that provides the perfect conditions for this Ice Wine and Brandy to be made.
The Ultimate Canadian Cocktail (from Kittling Ridge Estates)
- 1 ounce of Canadian Whiskey ( I used Canadian Club)
- 1/2 ounce of Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
- 1/2 ounce of Kittling Ridge Ice Wine and Brandy
Directions: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine Whiskey, Maple Syrup, Ice Wine and Brandy. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Congratulations Barb on this blogging milestone! Thank you for inviting me to help celebrate. I raise my glass to you and tip my hat to the amazing year you have given us with your Friday Cocktail Feature. Here’s to many more years of hanging out at your place on Fridays.
You can follow along with this cocktail party on twitter @FridayCocktail and you can follow Barb any day of the week @CreativCulinary