The History of the Tiki Cocktail

The History of the Tiki Cocktail

Evolution of the South Pacific “Tiki” culture in the 1930s seems to be inspired by the travels of Ernest Raymond Beaumont Grant, who later became “Don Beach.” Grant returned from the South Pacific with tales of an exotic, tropical paradise. The mystique of his...
Spring Spritzers

Spring Spritzers

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, we are celebrating our Mothers in May, soon our Fathers and everyone in between! In Calgary, we celebrate our time outdoors – the bright sun, those longer days, and the return of our patio weather! Because our winters...
Absinthe: The Green Fairy

Absinthe: The Green Fairy

The liqueur known as absinthe gained it’s notoriety in the latter part of the 19th century when it became the drink of choice among bohemian intellectuals, writers, poets and artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, to name a few. The artists’...
How to make a great hot toddy

How to make a great hot toddy

Warm your body and soothe your soul with the sweet heat of rum The snow is falling, ice crystals are in the air, hibernation is imminent, but for some – thoughts of skiing, skating and/or snowshoeing exhilarate and excite. I shiver just thinking of it. During the...
Cocktails with Calvados

Cocktails with Calvados

This delicious drink is made from apples and in some cases, pears – a distilled cider, if you will. Autumn is beautiful in Alberta, and growing up, I remember the stirring excitement as the fall months approached. In contrast to the back to school blues, the...

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