Cocktails with a splash of #CorbySafeRides

Cocktails with a splash of #CorbySafeRides

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 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.)




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.



Blue Sweden

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.




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!)


#CorbySafeRides from Darlene Anderson on Vimeo.


*Thank you to Corby Spirit and Wine for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*corbyspiritwinelogo-full-1


  1. December 20, 2016 / 12:48 am

    I am sure these drinks are delicious & they are beautiful as well. Perfect for the holidays and any party. Great post !
    xx, gracie

  2. December 20, 2016 / 1:28 am

    All those drinks look sooo good! I want to try that Ungava gin though. Perfect holiday drinks!

  3. December 20, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Colorful drinks are usually my favorite, so Blue Sweden looks very interesting to try! I may have to swap out the hard liquor, as I’m not much of a vodka fan. I’m more of a tequila and rum girl. Thanks for sharing these recipes with us 🙂

  4. December 21, 2016 / 9:06 am

    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  5. December 21, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    All of those cocktails look amazing! I want to try them all!! Thanks for the awesome recipes. I’m loving those copper martini glasses by the way 🙂

    xo, Jo

  6. December 22, 2016 / 10:41 am

    It really sounds like a very cool event! Wish I was there too 🙂
    The cocktail-recipes look so delicious… definitely going to try them sometime <3

  7. December 23, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    That event sounds wonderful and I have to say that these drinks look simply amazing and I bet they taste wonderful too! I’d never heard of grapefruit caviar before either so that’s something I’ve got to try out 🙂

  8. December 25, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    All these drinks looks so good, but Im just obsessed with the last one because of the colors!

  9. Ana Vukosavljevic
    December 28, 2016 / 3:49 am

    This cocktails look amazing, need to bookmark this post!
    P.S. Pics are amazing <3

  10. December 30, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Those cocktail recipes look good hun ?
    Thanks for sharing & happy new year to u in advance ?

  11. December 31, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    These are almost too pretty to drink! I’ve seen holiday cocktails all season long but these are truly the best, worthy of any swanky party and I would love to try them in the future.

    Love, Liz

  12. January 2, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Oh wow, these drinks look absolutely amazing! Your photos are always so good, and you make me want to try all of these 3 recipes tonight haha. Perfect drinks for anytime of the year, not just holidays!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  13. January 2, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    That first cocktail is amazing! I made sure to stay in this NYE because I didn’t want to worry about driving/cabbing. It was just the safe thing to do. I may have to do that first cocktail for myself just for fun. Love the idea of safe rides!

  14. January 3, 2017 / 1:36 am

    Thank you for sharing’! I always find it hard making cocktails and this has definitely helped me! They all look so pretty! I especially want to try the first cocktail. YUM!

    Happy 2017!

  15. January 3, 2017 / 2:11 am

    The Martini glass is so beautiful and the drinks you make are so professionally presented!
    Definitely feeling the mood to gather and celebrate over such delicious drinks!

    Much love,

  16. January 3, 2017 / 6:28 am

    All your pictures are absolutely gorgeous.
    Grapefruit cavier is now on my list to try.
    How amazing that you were in that video!!

  17. January 3, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Hello dear!
    I really appreciate this post is amazing and inspirational.
    I love how you served and arranged around the background.. great work babe!!!
    Eva from Italy

  18. January 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Love this post! Very well written and the photos look amazing!

  19. January 4, 2017 / 4:40 am

    Omg. Loved this post. All the drinks look so delicious. I am going to try the martini. Pics are so cool and the event sounds like a lot of fun

  20. January 4, 2017 / 11:54 am

    I’ve never tried or heard of this cocktail before but it looks amazing! I’ll definitely check it out and try recreating it myself! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  21. January 4, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I am absolutely making your Canadian drink this weekend! I have a feeling it may just be my new fave! And how much do you love copper stemware??? I swear it makes everything taste better haha. These are all such incredibly tasty recipes. Can’t wait to try them all! Thanks so much for sharing gorgeous!

    Lacey | http://WWW.STATEOFLACE.COM

  22. January 4, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    All three cocktails sound amazing! I love a good old fashion, but I’m very curious to taste the It’s a Canadian Thing. Sounds delicious! Will definitely have to try to make some of these for a night in with the girls 🙂

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