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I will be honest, this article will be biased, but with good cause. One could objectively say that Appleton produces some of the Caribbean’s most premium rums. Year after year winning awards for its excellence including the Gold 2014 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, 2014 Wine Enthusiast 93/100 Best Buy and the Mode Selection Grand Gold Medal and International High Quality Trophy, just to name a few. My personal favourite is Appleton Estate 21 Year, which despite Appleton’s long history with Canada (as Canada is Appleton’s first and largest foreign market) is unfortunately not sold here. Appleton Estate Rum is a Jamaican national treasure. It is a staple on my home bar. Most people are familiar with premium spirits being associated almost exclusively to scotches and cognacs, however, Appleton Estate Rum shatters that myth as it has long been a brand that elevates the status of rum on the global…

Pinot Noir is a grape originally from the French region of Burgundy and typically grows in cooler climates hence why many of the noteworthy pinot noirs from the new world are produced in California and New Zealand, however this delicious grape and all its potential is absolutely not limited to the aforementioned. Pinot Noir is a great aging grape which means if you invest in quality or higher priced bottle you can save it for that very special occasion and not worry about serving your guests a bottle of vinegar. When serving a glass of pinot noir or Bourgogne (burgundy) you want to lean towards the traditional burgundy glass which has a wide middle and a narrower mouth. This is the type of wine screams “get your swirl on.” The wider bowl of the glass allows the aromatics to really build and spread while the narrower mouth channels the aroma…

I don’t like to say things are my “favourite” but this one comes pretty close. I love cocktails that are served in sharing portions (especially of the gin variety). Beefeater Pink has created this yummy cocktail recipe that will make your summer BBQs that much prettier (and delicious-er). Pink punch recipe serves 8 image courtesy of Beefeater Gin 12oz Beefeater Pink6oz berry puree12oz lemonade6oz soda waterCombine all ingredients over ice in a punchbowlGarnish with berries and mint

This is a special one for those ambitious at-home bar chefs and is certain to impress your guests during your summer gatherings, not only with its delicious taste but the beautiful presentation. Grab a bottle of Beefeater Pink Gin to take this cocktail to the next level! Pink Peppercorn Rosé with Beefeater Pink Gin 1.5 oz Beefeater Pink Gin0.5 oz Peppercorn Syrup2 oz Moscato Rosé2 oz white grape juiceCombine all the ingredientsTop off with a splash of tonic waterGarnish with pink peppercorns, candied cranberries, and edible flowers

I LOVE gin, it is my typical go-to light cocktail spirit. Some say you are either a gin drinker or a vodka drinker and I say there really is no comparison. What I love about gin is that each distiller creates a beverage that is incredibly unique with a very distinct flavour profiles. Gin is elegant and subtle, just like a beautiful perfume. An interesting fact I learned about gin from Beefeater’s Master Distiller Desmond Payne during our lunch and learn hosted by the Deck Agency was one of the signature elements of gin is orris root which is also a key ingredient in the beloved Chanel perfumes. Beefeater London Gin had debuted their Beefeater Pink a strawberry flavoured gin this month that is now available in limited quantity but is certainly worth seeking out to add to your collection. With botanical tasting notes of juniper, angelica root, lemon peel and…

The classic Canadian cocktail has taken on a whole new look courtesy the Thompson Diner! Here are three suped-up caesar cocktails that will change your impression of this traditional cocktail forever. This is not your typical Clamato juice and Tabasco sauce, these are entire meals in a glass. Here are the recipes for you to try to make these delicious cocktails on your own or add your own twist! left: Mac & Cheese Caesar centre: Chicken & Waffles Caesar right: Thompson Burger Caesar Mac & Cheese Caesar 1.5oz Gin4oz Clamato Juice0.5oz Lemon Juice2 dashes Salt & Pepper3 dashes Tabasco sauce1tsp HorseradishLemon Pepper RimmerGarnish with Mac & Cheese Chicken & Waffles Caesar 1oz Gin3oz Clamato Juice2 dashes Sale & Pepper3 dashes Tabasco Sauce2 dashes WorcestershireTraditional RimmerGarnish with Chicken & Waffles Thompson Burger Caesar 1.5oz Tequilla4oz Clamato Juice2 dashes Salt & Pepper3 dashes Tabasco Sauce2 dashes Worcestershire SauceSteak Spice Rimmer3 Slices JalapenosGarnish…

Let an entrepreneur tell it, they will often say they started their first business in their basement, garage, bedroom or at their kitchen table. It takes a special person to start a business, to take a look at what’s out there, see what’s missing and create something new. At its core Samuel Adams, an American craft beer company keeps that entrepreneurial spirit alive. “At our Boston Brewery, we’re still trying new things every day; some good, and, well, some not-so-good. We learn from the process, and never give up on the journey towards the next tasty beer. It’s our commitment to you that keeps us innovative, inspired, and striving to become better every single day.” Samuel Adams, an award-winning beer selected four Canadian start-ups to be a part of a four-day-long pop-up shop in Toronto called The Disruptors, Presented by Samuel Adams featured companies Loch Eyewear: Birthed from the vision…

Autumn fast approaching and with the cooler weather comes delectable knit layers, rich coloured leaves, pumpkin spice overload and Thanksgiving! In Canada we fortunately get to celebrate this indulgent holiday early in the season which means more time to eat pie (not that you ever need a special season to enjoy pie). I will be absent for the round the block line ups at cafes across North America filled with pumpkin spice latte fanatics as I am simply not a fan. To be honest, I’ve alway thought is a bit basic. However, if there is one thing that can get me to try the thing some wait all year for, is pairing it with a delicious whisky; because, let’s just be honest, everything is better with whisky. Whisky expert, Jamie Johnson’s hand picked pairings of sweet and savoury pies with The Balvenie Distillery Baffshire Single Malt Scotch Whisky is really…

I’ve been writing a lot about beer lately and I blame it on this awesome weather (summertime in Toronto is heavenly). It’s interesting because the beer was probably my first introduction to alcoholic beverages and yet I know so little. Fortunately, we are in the midst of a sudz-y renaissance in Canada so it’s a great time to explore. Craft beers, mirco-brewers, indie beers whatever you want to call them, you can literally find them everywhere; at your local pub on tap, at The Beer Store or if you are lucky there is a producer in your neighbourhood. Ontario has introduced over 50 new brewers in just the last 12 months and growth in the beer industry nationwide shows no signs of slowing. Beer production is arguably the easiest and least costly of alcoholic beverages. On average it takes about 28 days to produce a batch of been whereas wine…

Beyond its honourable mentions in hip hop songs, over the past five years this humble table wine has become a top seller for wine retailers around the country. Although new to many, Moscato is suspected to be one of the oldest wine varietals in the world, possibly because the sweet wine grape can be grown almost anywhere. If you are an avid or casual wine drinker chances are you have encountered Moscato in one of its many forms especially considering the Muscat family of grapes includes over 200 varieties. However we are more commonly familiar with two: Muscat of Alexandria/ Orange Muscat used to make delicious Sherry and Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains the more popular of the bunch used to make Muscato d’Asti. Muscato is rated a favourite among new or occasional wine drinkers. With roughly 5-7% alcohol and it 30-65g of residual sugar per litre it tastes to…