And To All A Good Night
Crooners Frank Sinatra and Dean
Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up and wind down with these smart seasonal cocktails from the best bartenders.
No one knows where the first martini was poured, though many point to a 19th-century bartender at San Francisco’s Occidental Hotel. Rather than rehash the same old recipe, try a few twists on this classic cocktail.
CC Manhattan Martini
2 oz Canadian Club Classic, 12 Year Old
1 oz Harvey’s Bristol Cream
Classic Skyy Vodka Martini
4 oz Skyy vodka
8 ice cubes
3 Spanish olives, stuffed with pimentos
Dave Mitton, master mixologist and president of the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Bartenders Association, notes that this Scottish drink dates back to the 1400s. Now enjoying a renaissance, he calls it “a beautiful example of what a cocktail should be.”
1 ½ oz Auchentoshan or Glenlivet
1 ½ oz honey syrup (simple syrup with honey)
Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch
For 6 people
This recipe is inspired by Charles Dickens’ own gin punch. The original 1850 version appears in Drinking With Dickens (published in 1988), written by Cedric Dickens, great-grandson of the writer. Etiquette demands this quote while pouring the first cup: “Punch, my dear Copperfield, like time and tide, waits for no man” (David Copperfield, 1850).
3 brimming teacups of Hendrick’s gin
3 brimming teacups of Madeira wine
Pinch grated nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp brown sugar
BEHIND THE BAR
When it comes to serving drinks, one glass does not fit all. Christine Sismondo, the Canadian author of America Walks Into a Bar and Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History offers some advice on lining your bar.
• A small, narrow sherry glass It’s the best way to taste whisky, since it holds the flavour for a longer time than a wide rocks glass. “American Bar – Straight Bourbon” shot/tumbler, Villeroy and Boch
• A coupe glass Used for a wide range of new classic cocktails and is quickly replacing the triangle-shaped martini glass that dominated the 1990s and Sex and the City days. “Overture” sherbert/champagne, Atlantis
• A Collins glass A Collins glass is tall, generally 10 to 12 ounces and used for tall, juicy drinks like the Mojito, the Tom Collins and even just a gin and tonic. “Duchesse” highball, Vera Wang
• An old-fashioned rocks glass When you want to enjoy your whisky on the rocks. “Lismore” old-fashioned, Waterford. All glasses, William Ashley, www.williamashley.com
• Whisky glass When asked about the distinct shape, Sismondo said it “keeps the aroma in and … quality glass means there’s no interference on the tasting, too.” “Canadian” by Glencairn, www.lcbo.com, www.amazon.ca