Category: cocktails

thirsty thursday: italian vodka soda

Hope you’re all settling back in to the first week at work nicely. This week can be tough, still on holiday brain and trying so hard to stick to your resolutions. Hopefully this cocktail can brighten up your week. I had this drink a few weeks ago at Famoso in the Annex. There’s also one at Yorkdale. The pizza was absolutely fantastic. I’m not usually a huge fan of thin-crust pizza but this so good. The drink I had with it was also delicious. This Vodka Italian Soda is made with San Pellegrino and Vodka (so could be replicated at home). The one I had was blood orange, which I absolutely love but you can get any of the San Pellegrino flavours (lemon, blood orange, orange or grapefruit). They also have peach and raspberry Italian soda you can get it made with. Their drink menu is pretty extensive and all of the drinks sound so delicious. I will definitely be having this another time, and possibly try another flavour (but probably not because I love blood orange so much).

cocktail, toronto
delicious drink at famoso

thirsty thursday: my new years cocktail

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all celebrated the new years with the wonderful people in your life. This year, my friends and I opted for dinner out then going back to a friend’s place for some drinks and the countdown, and I have to say, it was perfect. Just the way I want to ring in the new year.

So, I thought I would share with you my favourite drink I used to ring in the new year. It was pretty simple too. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t look super appetizing but I promise it was delicious. It also doesn’t really have a name, so I think I’ll call it the 2014. 

The 2014:
1 oz Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
5 oz Soda
Frozen Blueberries (we put a few too many in, but whatever floats your boat)

smirnoff blueberry vodka and soda
The 2014

I love blueberry vodka and I would normally prefer my vodka with 7Up but this is a little lighter on the calories. The flavoured vodka and the fruit add just enough sweetness. So, if you’re looking for a lighter option (to maybe help with your resolution), this drink without the blueberries is about 70 calories, the rest depend on the amount of blueberries you put in. 
I hope 2014 is getting off to a great start for you! Cheers. 

thirsty thursday: canoe christmas

I want all my Thirsty Thursdays in December to be Christmas or holiday related. Today, I ‘invented’ a drink to meet this requirements. Necessity is the mother of invention and I present to you, the ‘canoe christmas’. 

The only liquor in this comes from the beer so it is not as strong as a typical cocktail. I used the ‘light’ beer Cracked Canoe. It is brewed by Moosehead, their lighter beer is under 100 calories. I mixed it with President’s Choice Cranberry Gingerale. I love just about everything on the PC menu that comes out at the holidays and this is no exception. I used a 16oz cup and filled it about half and half. You could adjust if you’d like. Depending on your mix, you may not taste the beer, just depends how much beer taste you’d like. 

This delicious drink is great, perfect as mentioned if you’re looking for something a little lighter and would like a cocktail without the hard liquor. I’d love to hear your beer cocktail ideas! Let me know in the comments.

As we get into the holiday season, remember that there’s no excuse for drinking and driving. Have a great time but make sure its a safe time, don’t drink and drive. 

thirsty thursday: non-alcoholic

I know, I know – its not the point of thirsty thursday but bare with me. This is cranberry grapefruit spritzer. It was one of the feature drinks at hope and the city. Although it wasn’t alcoholic, I figured it could work because you could easily add vodka and have a delicious drink. Or, could be a great drink for your desginated drivers at your next party. Enjoy!

thompson hotel on a saturday night

Last night was my first experience at the Thompson Hotel. I’d obviously heard lots about it over the years so I was excited to check it out. I’ll start off by saying, I didn’t make it to the patio but did have access to downstairs.

We started our evening in the lounge area on the main floor. The music was pretty good. It was a bit house mixed with top 40, really the only way I can stand house. Drinks were about the price I would expect for this type of place, about $8 for bar rail vodka. One of the best aspects of this hotel is the people watching. It is an interesting mix of people. Some people who are staying at the hotel, people dressed very fancy and some dressed down more than I expected.

We then headed downstairs, when we first arrived it wasn’t too busy but it definitely picked up. The music down there was much more suited to dancing and the dance floor was busy. The DJ was doing a pretty good job. The crowd was about mid-twenties to mid-thirties, of course with a few people out of the bracket but this was definitely a more grown up place than something in the entertainment district. 

We wrapped up our night at the Thompson with plans to head to another bar but got lured in by the Thompson Diner. And boy, am I glad we did. It was about 1:40am at this point, they were still serving food in the diner. It is nice that there  is a 24-hour food place attached to the hotel that isn’t expensive. The diner has an old school feel, with large booths were perfect for our group of 5. The place only got busier the later it got, presumably as people sought out drunk eats after last call. I had the mac and cheese with bacon. I got the side portion, at 2am, it was more than enough food. My friends at the table also got milkshakes, I’m not really sure where they put it all. 4 people at my table got the mac and cheese, one person got sweet potato fries but ended up eating half of my mac and cheese (which wasn’t too upsetting because it was way more than enough). I would highly recommend this place late at night, or really any other time that you’re in the neighbourhood.

My “side” order of mac and cheese – $7.50 at the Thompson Diner

what I loved at beerfest

Yesterday was one of my favourite days of the year. It was my day at Beerfest in Toronto. It was a beautiful day in the city. There was a ton of vendors, I tried my best to try things I’ve never had before, here are a few of my favourites, oddly, none of them are actually just beers. 

1. Somersby Blackberry – I’ve been waiting for weeks to try this, since I first saw it in the LCBO magazine. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it in any stores, despite their ad campaign. It was refreshing and delicious. They also made beer cocktails, somersby and kronenberg blanc. It was absolutely fantastic. I’m a big fan of beer cocktails.

2. Coors Light – I know this is a beer but they were making beer cocktails at their booth. The one I liked was a cranberry drink, with just a hint of cinnamon. Mixed with the beer made it a great drink. Perfect for when you want a cocktail, but not a hard liquor.

3. Smirnoff Ice – They had two new flavours, the Fruit Punch Ice VII and the Raspberry. They were both really good. They weren’t overly sweet. I’m sure they would also taste great mixed with beer. 

4. Sully’s Hot Dogs – You can’t drink all day without food. We had great hot dogs from Sully’s. The best part had to be the bread. They butter-toast it. It tastes the outside of a grilled cheese sandwich. It was really great. 

Those are my top picks. As I mentioned, none of them are just beer, maybe that’s because I was trying new things and some of them I didn’t love. Sometimes with things like beer, you have to stick to what you know. I was really impressed with the items above. Hopefully you’ll get the chance to enjoy one on a patio before the summer is out.