Canadian Sleigh Ride Cocktail

Crisp nights and roaring fires are the perfect setting for warm-your-insides cocktails. While bourbon is a very popular drinks base these days, I often find Canadian or rye Whiskey to be even more beguiling. It boast a subtle yet distinctive flavour that can be enhanced in so many ways. Adding maple syrup makes this cocktail even more flag-wavingly proud. I also like to use whole berries from cranberry sauce as a garnish; while not quite as perfectly pretty as raw cranberries, they are softer and far more enjoyable to eat. They’re also a patriotic choice, given that Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of this tart red fruit! Don’t skip the dash or three of aromatic bitters – they add a wonderful complexity to the cocktail’s flavour.

Canadian whiskey, maple syrup, vermouth and bitters make this cocktail perfect for a cold winter's eve.

Canadian whiskey, maple syrup, vermouth and bitters make this cocktail perfect for a cold winter’s eve.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces (45 mL) Canadian or rye Whiskey
  • ½ ounce (15 mL) maple syrup
  • ¼ ounce (7.5 mL) dry vermouth
  • Dash or three of bitters
  • 3 – 5 whole cooked cranberries (from cranberry sauce) or other preferred garnish

Method

  • Shake all ingredients together over ice for at least one minute to blend thoroughly. You don’t need a cocktail shaker to do this – simply use a canning jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass which contains fresh ice.
  • Garnish as desired.

Makes one cocktail.

Note: If you’d like to make this drink your ‘signature cocktail’ for a party, you can prepare a larger batch ahead of time and refrigerate without ice in a glass pitcher. Pour over ice as needed.

It doesn't take a lot of specialized ingredients or equipment to whip up this tasty drink.

It doesn’t take a lot of specialized ingredients or equipment to whip up this tasty drink.

Note: If you’d like to make this drink your ‘signature cocktail’ for a party, you can prepare a larger batch ahead of time and refrigerate without ice in a glass pitcher. Pour over ice as needed.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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One Response to Canadian Sleigh Ride Cocktail

  1. Cathy McLean says:

    Sounds great….should we plan on a New Year’s Eve sleigh ride???

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