5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You’re in Canada

5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You’re in Canada


In light of being a Canadian, writing for this brilliant cocktail-centered blog, I felt that I would give a Canadian twist to today’s post.

There are plenty of Cocktails inspired by Canada that you can try, each one bringing a taste of the country to you.

Not only are there drinks that automatically make me think of my native country, but we also have various drinks invented on Canada’s own soil.

For those of you who enjoy strong drinks, we have some awesome Gin cocktail recipes for you to try.

Get your glasses and cocktail shakers ready – you’ll want to try every one of these!

The Bloody Caesar

5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You're in Canada

Invented in our very own city of Calgary, Alberta in 1969, this delicious drink is often difficult to find outside of Canada. In fact, it’s often mistaken as the American drink, the Bloody Mary. Now you won’t have to be fooled, though. You can mix up this flavourful drink in your own kitchen:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of your preferred brand of vodka
  • 3 oz. Clamato juice
  • 4 drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops of hot sauce

Method

  • Wet the rim of your glass with a wedge of lemon, then dip it in celery salt
  • Top up the glass with ice and add in your favourite vodka
  • Next, add in the Clamato juice
  • Drop in the Worcestershire, followed by the hot sauce, and mix thoroughly with a celery stick (which makes a nice garnishing along with the lemon wedge when the drink is completed)

White Cosmopolitan

5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You're in Canada

Reminiscent of our brutally icy winters, this white cosmo will conjure the desire to sit fireside in good conversation amongst friends. With its smooth and cool flavour punctuated with a slight citrus hint, cold nights never seem too harsh.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. of citrus-infused vodka
  • 5 oz. white cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. sweetened lime juice
  • 1 cube of ice

Method

  • Mix all the above ingredients in a drink shaker, then pour into a glass
  • Skewer a toothpick with 4 cranberries and place into the drink
  • For an additional garnish, place a zest of lime peel onto the rim of the glass

Maple Whiskey Collins

5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You're in Canada

Could anything be more stereotypical of a symbol to Canada than our maple leaf? That being said, maple flavours and syrups are a great (and tasty!) perk to living in a country abundant in such commodities. The availability of maple whiskey is another one of these advantages.

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz. of maple whiskey (I personally like the Crown Royal)
  • ½ oz. of lemon juice
  • 1½ oz. of pineapple juice
  • ½ oz. of simple syrup
  • 1 oz. of club soda

Method

  • Mix thoroughly all the above ingredients in a drink shaker, save for the club soda, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes
  • Top the drink off with club soda
  • If desired, garnish with a zest of orange peel

The Raymond Massey

5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You're in Canada

This drink was concocted as a way to pay tribute to the Canadian actor Raymond Massey (1896-1983), most popular in the city of Toronto. Let us know – do you feel an urge to contemplate Canadian contributions to Hollywood when you’re sipping on this drink? 😉

Method for the ginger syrup

  • Peel and slice ginger root, enough to fill ¾ of a cup
  • Combine with 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan
  • Bring this to a boil and then simmer for ten minutes
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat before straining out the ginger and allowing the syrup to fully cool

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. of Canadian rye whiskey
  • ½ oz. of ginger syrup (recipe directly above)
  • 5 oz. of champagne
  • Ice cubes

Method

  • Mix the whiskey and ice in a drink shaker
  • Strain into a highball glass filled partially with cracked ice
  • Top off the drink with champagne
  • If desired, garnish with a zest of lime peel

Polar Bear

5 Drinks to Make you Feel Like You're in Canada

Not to be confused with the polar bear shot [which is also delicious, and (BONUS RECIPE!) simply 1 oz. of crème de cacao and 1 oz. of peppermint schnapps in a shot glass].

This Arctic-themed cocktail will leave you wanting to visit the northernmost territories of Canada…or perhaps just Googling images of our beautiful aurora borealis while you sit warm in bed.

To be completely honest, I’d probably opt for the second option, myself.

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz. of mescal
  • ¾ oz. of vermouth
  • ½ oz. of crème de menthe
  • 6 drops of celery bitters
  • A couple drops of blue food colouring, if desired
  • Ice cubes

Method

  • Fill a drink shaker with all the above ingredients (ice nearly to the brim) and shake thoroughly
  • Pour into a cocktail glass
  • If desired, garnish with a sprig of mint

Enjoy these Canadian-inspired drinks and let us know what you think! Which is your favourite (if you can manage to pick just one)?

Drink up, and enjoy responsibly!

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