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Summer Cocktails From Canada’s Best Bartenders

Is there a better way to kick off a long weekend then armed with a fresh list of something-for-everyone cocktails?  Make Canada Day special with these 5 cocktails from Canada’s Best Bartenders.

The Royal Blood

Aidan Lavoie-Whittall

The Coldroom, Montreal


  • 2oz Woodford Reserve
  • 1oz Martini Rosso
  • .75oz Orange Turmeric Shrub *
  • 1 bsp Gomme Syrup
  • 1 dash Kensington Bitters
  • 1 dash Saline Solution

* 2:1 sugar syrup spiced with Turmeric (2% of total volume) let down with 1 portion orange juice. Spiked with apple cider vinegar (to taste).

This drink is an evolution of the first ever cocktail created for the bar on opening day: The Bloody Manhattan.

Coastline Crush

Chris Enns

Lobby Lounge, Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim


  • 45ml Stoli Vodka
  • 15ml Fino Sherry
  • 22ml Lime Juice
  • 22ml Cucumber Syrup
  • 1 Dash Bittered Sling Cascade Celery Bitters
  • 45ml / Top with Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Candied Ginger on a pick, Dehydrated lime if available
  • Glass: Collins

*Cucumber Syrup: Combine 500g (1pt) Cucumber Juice, 500g (1pt) Filtered Water, 1000g (2pt) White Sugar. Stir well to dissolve.

Peach Emoji

Maria Paterakis

Coffee Oysters Champagne & À Toi, Toronto


  • 1oz Romeo’s Gin
  • 0.5oz Peche de Vigne
  • 0.5oz Vanille de Madagascar
  • 0.5oz Amontillado Sherry
  • 0.75oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Bittered Sling Moondog Bitters
  • 2oz Sparkling Wine
  • Absinthe Flame

Glassware: Coupe

Garnish: Dehydrated Peach Slice


Combine all ingredients except champagne in shaker tin. Shake and double strain into coupe. Top with champagne. Flame with absinthe. Enjoy.

Love on the Brain

Robin Goodfellow

Founder of Little Bones Beverage & Owner of Bar Raval, Prettyugly, and Harry’s Charbroiled.


  • 1 oz Herradura Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz Amontillado
  • 3/4 oz Calvados
  • 1/2 oz ‘Horgeat’
  • <1/2 oz Lemon
  • 2 dash sandalwood

Root of the Root

Katherine Boushel, Atwater Cocktail Club

  • 1.5oz Bearface Whisky
  • 0.25oz China China Bigallet
  • 0.25oz Montenegro Amaro
  • 1 dash Western Haskap Bittered Sling bitters
  • 1/2 dash Plum & Rootbeer Bittered Sling Bitters
  • Stirred. On the rocks. Lemon twist.
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