The SURPRISE ME option is GIN this month
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| MOONSHINE |
Gone are the days of mom making a pitcher of that mysterious red punch for the neighborhood kids to enjoy as we play outside. Every house had that one special pitcher, with their favourite punch prepared inside it. No one really knew what kind of punch it was, nor did it matter. We were young and we were thirsty from chasing each other around the block and it was the thirst quenching, fruity kick of sugar we all needed at the time. The Blueberry Punch cocktail is a fruit packed adult approved fruit punch that will have you thinking back on the days you would have a red juice mustache over your lip and beg your parents to order you a shirley temple at the restaurant.
INGREDIENTS1 oz Reunion Blueberry Moonshine
2 oz Orange Juice
½ oz Lemon Juice
4 Dashes Top Shelf Cranberry Bitters
3-4 oz County Bounty Cherry Vanilla Soda
GARNISHDehydrated Orange Wheel
Add all ingredients except the Cherry Vanilla Soda and garnish to a shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with County Bounty Cherry Vanilla Soda. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel. Enjoy!
| GIN / SURPRISE ME |
Pretty In Pink
Simple to make and easy to drink, this cocktail is refreshingly tangy, floral and a touch fruity. Top Shelf Gin’s floral properties are complimented with a few dashes of Top Shelf Blueberry Bitters. The gin’s aromatic notes are complemented with fresh raspberry flavours and a touch of citrus, the perfect fruit combination to pair with gin, more so Top Shelf gin, with its fresh grapefruit properties. A bit of lime flavour and some fresh lemon juice makes for a brightly flavoured thirst quencher. Sweetened with honey syrup instead of traditional simple syrup, the local Ontario honey brings forth a richer flavour and an earthy tone that ties the cocktail together. Pretty In Pink is an approachable cocktail that will fancy just about any palate.
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INGREDIENTS1 ½ oz Top Shelf Gin
Juice of Half a Lemon
½ oz Honey Syrup (click for recipe)
3 Dashes Top Shelf Blueberry Bitters
6 oz Raspberry Lime County Bounty Soda
In a Rocks glass filled with ice, add all the ingredients except the Raspberry Lime soda and the garnish. Stir to combine. Top with up to 6 oz of the Raspberry Lime Soda. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.
| VODKA |
Nothing says summer flavour like the classic combination of coconut and pineapple. Inspired by the Pina Colada and the Chi Chi cocktails, the Summer Staycation is the perfect summer refresher either at the cottage, on your patio or anytime you wish you were anywhere but “here”. Let go of everyday stress with this vacation in a glass, in the comfort of your own home. Fresh and bright flavours of pineapple and lime with a hint of effervescence keep things oh so refreshing. Grenadine serves as a sweetener and creates a beautiful gradient effect making this a super sexy, 80’s style cocktail. Disco drinks are making a comeback, so it’s time to whip out the grenadine and mini umbrellas once more! In this recipe we play with infusions. You will be flavouring your Top Shelf Vodka with some coconut. This takes a day or two, so if you need a vacation right now, you can skip the infusion, but you will be missing out on half of the delicious tropical flavours this cocktail has to offer.
INGREDIENTS1 oz Coconut Infused Top Shelf Vodka*
Juice of half a lime
½ oz Grenadine Syrup
4 Dashes Top Shelf Aromatic Bitters
4 oz Pineapple Juice
Stream Soda Water
GARNISHDehydrated Lime Wheel
In a Collins glass filled with ice, add the coconut infused vodka, lime juice and bitters. Stir gently to blend. Add 4 oz of pineapple juice (half a can). Add the grenadine syrup and top with soda water up to the brim. Garnish with a piece of dehydrated lime and a cocktail umbrella.
| WHISKY |
Spiked Iced Mocha
INGREDIENTS1 ¼ oz Perth Whisky
½ oz Demerara Syrup (click for recipe)
3 oz Chocolate Milk
2 oz Cold Brew Coffee
3 Dashes Top Shelf Chocolate Bitters
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Garnish with dried cherries and a piece of chocolate.
That's all for this month folks! Remember to drink responsibility.
Until next month! Bottoms Up 🥂🍹🍸