by TOM FIRTH with LINDA GARSON
Although we seek out refreshing wine (and beer) for those hot summer months, there’s a wide world out there for summer spirits. Whether you like a piña colada, a G&T, or a little whisky on the rocks by the bonfire, we’ve got you covered.
WYBOROWA VODKA, POLAND
Made from 100 percent rye grains, I was really surprised at the flavour and smoothness of this Polish vodka that has just a little spiciness to keep it interesting. Would be an excellent addition to cocktails or punches that need a little “flavour” without being harsh. If you want to say the name like a champ, try VEE-Bo-Rova…
CSPC +5363 About $18-20.
1.5 oz. Wyborowa Vodka
5 oz. root beer
Dash of absinthe
Combine the vodka and root beer in a tall glass with ice. Dash absinthe on top of the cocktail for aromatics and to boost the root beer.
DALMORE 12 HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT, SCOTLAND
Sure, for most whiskey is meant to be savoured by a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night, but why does it have to be winter? Wouldn’t a summer’s eve bonfire do the trick? Roasting marshmallows, praying the mosquitos don’t find you…maybe it’s time to break out the rocks glass.
Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks lend a rich and slightly smoky nose while rolling on your tongue, creamy, sweet textures with vanilla and a medium spiciness. CSPC +736561 $60-62.
APPLETON ESTATE V/X SIGNATURE BLEND RUM, JAMAICA
A mainstay rum to keep on hand with all my rum-drinking friends, the Signature Blend label is the new bottle to replace the V/X. Somewhat hot on the nose with butter ripple, molasses, and citrus… the flavours are spicy and dominated by blackstrap molasses, and Christmas spice — the right sort of kick for mixing. CSPC +177808 $23.
Brand new in Alberta from northern Italy, the Luxardo family has released this unmistakable bright orange aperitivo liqueur at the perfect time for summer sipping. It’s bittersweet, with flavours of rhubarb, orange peel and gentian, and an ideal pre-dinner drink mixed as a spritz over ice with prosecco and topped with a splash of soda. CSPC +792228. A great value at around $17.