A few weeks ago, Corby Spirit and Wine invited me to help launch their 2017 #CorbySafeRides campaign. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know from my Stories what an incredible event that was. We were picked up by our very own TTC Streetcar and dropped off at 3 downtown Toronto hotspots throughout the night, where we sipped on seasonal cocktails and tasty treats alongside some of Corby’s brand ambassadors. From the balloons that lined the interior of our streetcar, to some hilarious trivia and tips on how to celebrate responsibly this holiday season, it was such a fun event. We may have stopped traffic at one point when we paused in the middle of the road for the perfect picture with our private streetcar. (With a gaggle of bloggers and influencers, would you expect anything less!?).
I learned two really important things that night: the first is that the TTC is free on New Year’s Eve, thanks to #CorbySafeRides! From 7pm on December 31, 2016, until 7am on January 1, 2017, you can ride the TTC free of charge. Pledge to ride safe at corby.ca/pledge and you could win free TTC rides for a year!
My second takeaway of the night? Drinking responsibly generally looks like 3 alcoholic beverages per adult, over the course of one evening. So, here are three cocktail recipes you’re sure to love this holiday season:
It’s a Canadian thing
I served this quintessentially Canadian cocktail in a copper martini glass for some added flare, and topped it with grapefruit caviar (available here).
- 2 oz. Ungava Gin
- 3 oz. quality tonic
- 1/3 oz. grapefruit caviar
- King Cube Coconut Water
- Load glass with crushed coconut ice and gin
- Finish with tonic
- Garnish with grapefruit caviar and a stir stick
Festive Old Fashioned
This one is my favorite! I actually added a little more maple syrup than the recipe calls for, making it a real sweet treat, perfect for winter. Just make sure to use the best maple syrup you can find (I used this one). Lot 40 is a Canadian whisky that starts off with an earthy, woody taste, then becomes full-bodied and complex with a velvety vanilla oak finish. (I’m not usually a whisky drinker but I love this one.)
- 2 oz. Lot 40 Canadian Whisky
- 1/2 oz. real maple syrup (I used 1 oz.)
- 3 dashes of Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
- hard ice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice so the mixing glass is 3/4 full and stir about 15-18 times. Strain over one large cube of ice in a Rocks glass. Squeeze orange zest across the cocktail then place orange rind on the inside of the glass.
While it sounds wintery, this is a very summery drink. Then again, who says you can’t enjoy a tropical cocktail this time of year? Just imagine yourself celebrating the holidays in Hawaii or the Caribbean.
- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron
- 3 oz. pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 3-4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1/2 oz. McGuinness Blue Curacao Float
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake hard. Strain into a Collins glass with ice and garnish with a pineapple leaf, then float McGuinness Blue Curacao on top.
You can catch a peak of the fabulous night I had helping launch #CorbySafeRides by watching the below video. How will you be enjoying responsibly this holiday season?
(Tell me when you spot me!)