The Ultimate Canadian Cocktail – Friday Cocktail Party with Creative Culinary

September 14, 2012

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


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacquee September 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Let the partying begin!! I get tipsy on the smell of alcohol alone, so I tend to reach for, or make mocktails for myself, but enjoy mixing up alcohol versions for friends. I’ll keep this one on the list for my next gathering!


Barbara | Creative Culinary September 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

This sounds absolutely amazing…you know I’m a fan of Canadian maple syrup and have you to blame for that!

Thanks so much for joining me Paula, you know it just hit me; this party went from the US to Canada, headed over to France and even pulled in a libation from Australia. Twitter has definitely allowed us to broaden our global relationships without politics and that has been good. Cheers to you my friend!


Rita September 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Looks like you had fun with that cocktail party preparations. Your cocktail looks delicious and having canadian flavors you represented your country proudly. Wish you all the best.


elisabeth@foodandthrift September 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Wow, Paula…that’s an awesome cocktail! Canada is well know for their Canadian Whiskey, that’s for sure. I’m not much of a cocktail drinker, but I don’t turn down a great cocktail at a party. Would love to join the fun at Barbara’s cocktail event, so I’ll just say ‘cheers’ with my Chardonnay wine, that I love well chilled!
Love, the combination of your awesome cocktail…very potent, I must say…cheers, again:D


Lora September 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

That looks like a wonderful cocktail. Love the flavors and the Canadian twist.


Jane September 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Oh, that’s sounds so yummy, Paula. I had an opportunity to try icewine for the very first time last year in a culinary class and it was pretty wonderful. And the addition of maple syrup?? You’re speaking my language, lady. :)


Baker Street September 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

I love the idea of maple syrup in a cocktail! And whiskey and maple sounds heavenly.


Helene September 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Really like the idea. That drink looks so good.


Liz September 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Paula, how fun to find you making your very own cocktail! It looks spectacular…as does that pie lurking in the background. Off to say hi to Barb :)


beti September 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

yes, I definetly need one


Choc Chip Uru September 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Sounds like such a fun virtual party my friend, with delicious cocktail flavours :D

Choc Chip Uru


Hani September 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

I’m not much of a drinker but there are times I sure could use one. :-)Sounds like a great cocktail.


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