Here, cocktails inspired by the many comforting tastes of the season.
Tis the season! Autumn is upon us and it’s time to up our cocktail game, considering the holidays are right around the corner! And, although we mix a mean Gin & Tonic – if we do say so ourselves – we defer to the true mixologists for some fresh inspiration. So we asked the bartenders at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, one of the city’s favourite watering holes to give us their secret recipes.
Featuring the warm colours and flavourful tastes of the season including fruits such as pomegranates and pears, and spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, the Azure Restaurant & Bar (inside the International), has brewed three cocktails that taste as good as the feeling of wearing a sweater on a crisp autumn day. Cheers!
Recipe: Pear Smash
2 oz. Dillons Pear Eau Vie
1 can of pear
1 oz. of lemon juice
1 oz. Ginger/Thyme infusion
First prepare the Ginger/Thyme infusion.
Recipe: Pom & Port Martini
1 oz. Taylor Fladgate Port
1½ oz. Absolute Mandarin Vodka
1½ oz. Pomegranate Juice
Recipe: Blood Orange Sparkler
2 oz. Tanqueray Gin
1 oz. Cinnamon, Clove and Nutmeg Syrup
1 oz. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Blood Orange puree
2 oz. Sparking water
First prepare the Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Clove Syrup.
1 four-inch-long cinnamon stick broken in small pieces