The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler but that doesn’t mean cocktail season is ending. Luckily, the Duke Pubs have put together an impressive menu of soon-to-be classic cocktails for this September to help ease the transition from our patios back to your favourite spot at the bar.
The Duke Pubs take cocktail creation very seriously and their Cocktail Committee (CC) meets several times a year to discuss the trends in the industry and to report on any new and local products that have been discovered. Let’s take a look at what the CC has created for fall.
A favourite of Cindy Simpson, Executive Vice President, this decadent cocktail might get you in the mood for the holiday season months before the snow starts to fall. But if you’re worried about ordering a cocktail that is too sweet for your taste buds, fear not — the generous kick of Courvoisier balances out the flavours.
Based on the classic cocktail, the CC decided to include a local whisky. Collingwood Canadian Whisky, crafted in Collingwood, Ontario was chosen thanks to its unique finishing practice, largely attributed to sugar maple trees found in the area. The result is a whisky with vanilla, caramel and butterscotch aromatics, with a warm and sweet finish. The team swapped sweet vermouth for homemade cinnamon syrup which might make it the perfect post-dinner cocktail this season. Oksana Salamaszek, bartender at the Duke of Westminster, is the mixologist behind this great beverage.
Of course bourbon needed to show itself somewhere on the fall menu and Candice Salkeld, General Manager at the Duke of Westminster, knew just how to do it. This cocktail combines Bulleit Bourbon with orange juice and homemade sour mix. A Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum float, is the perfect finish to this already delicious cocktail.
Ever heard of Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers? Well you have now. This distillery based in Beamsville, Ontario is becoming well-known for taking local food and grain and turning them into delicious, premium spirits. They also make delightful homemade labels for their bottles, which I really dig. One of their most popular products is their white rye, which the CC fell in love with and after mixing many a cocktail to find just the right recipe, they created the Copper Moose, a Canadian take on the Moscow Mule. You’re going to love it!
Pie & Ginger
Last but not least, the Pie & Ginger. This cocktail takes everything you love about fall and pops it into a highball. Created by Julia Glanfield from the Duke of Kent, prepare yourself for hints of apple pie and maple syrup finished off with candied ginger. If you are still craving a slice a pie after this cocktail I’m all out of ideas.
So no need to feel glum about the changing of the seasons – as long as you’ve got the Duke Pubs around, you’re going to be just fine. And don’t forget to tell your bartender that Lizzie sent you.