Well the Tipsy Teachers have done it again and this time in conjunction with Jamie from the Bourbon Thing. They hosted Bourbon Loves Chocolate at Boxcar Social in midtown on the patio. It was the perfect evening to sip bourbon and eat chocolate on the patio with friends.
We were lead through four bourbon tastings with notes and history on each of the distilleries. I have mentioned a few times that I never really got into bourbon until I fell for rye with old fashioneds. I never really enjoyed bourbon on its own, turns out I was just drinking the wrong one and missing chocolate!
I think I also may just be becoming more of a “grown up” and that’s why I’m enjoying more “grown up” drinks. It was a great event where I got to learn more about bourbon, a drink I didn’t know too much about and got to eat delicious chocolate, including a coffee chocolate which I really enjoyed (again, more of the almost a grown up thing).
The ladies will be hosting some other great events in the future (including our sold out Detox to Retox, this weekend), and a wine and junk food event (to which I exclaimed “shut up and take my money”) and they promise to do this great event again.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Thursday! This week is flying by, which makes me a little sad because the summer is flying by. This week’s Thirsty Thursday is the rekorderlig strawberry lime cider. I’ve tried other rekorderlig ciders in the past.
I had this cider out of the can and it was good but I think it would be even better over ice. This cider is on the sweet side, great if you love ciders like somersby. It was actually closer to a cooler taste than a typical cider but it was really tasty. I would recommend this cider if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, great for the last days of the patio! This cider is available at the LCBO for $2.85 a can.
Have you tried the newest edition to the rekorderlig line-up?
Last weekend was my Christmas in July as another Toronto Festival of Beer came and went. I was really impressed with the number of smaller breweries and cideries at the event – many I had never heard of before. I actually may have had more cider than beer at the festival but I regret nothing.
Ironwood Hard Cider is a cidery out Niagara-On-The-Lake. There regular cider is just coming out in the LCBOs and the one I tried is only available through them. Their Screachin’ Peach, is as you’d expect, peach flavoured. They use real peaches in their cider and it is delicious. It was a semi-sweet cider, just the kind I like. I really hope that I’ll be making out to the NOTL region sometime soon so I can pick up some more of this delicious cider.
Have you tried ironwood before? Which one did you have?
Happy Thursday everyone!
I’m excited to share this new brewery I discovered this week. It’s a new one (at least to me) out in Whitby called Brock St. Brewery. They have 3 beers available year round, and one of them is their blonde, which is the one I tried.
This award winning beer is light and refreshing. It was a great beer to enjoy in the backyard this week. I would definitely recommend checking out this brewery in Whitby, they even do deliveries for private parties in Durham Region and surrounding areas. It’s a great way to try a new beer without having to pick up the beer. I love simplicity.
Have you tried any of Brock St brewery’s beer?
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying this warm day. I know that Tuesday’s can be tough, still so many days from the weekend but I’ve got something that I think will cheer everyone up! A contest! Who doesn’t like winning?
Next Wednesday, July 29th the Consulate General of Argentina and Wines of Argentina invite you to experience Wines of Argentina. This event will feature over 20 wines from Argentina, a delicious “asado-style” BBQ and live music from Bellosound.
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Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you’re all having a good week!
This week’s drink is one I tried at the new Stirling Room patio this week in the distillery district. I had never been to the Stirling Room, which is a club/lounge right at the entrance of the distillery district – they’re celebrating their 5th anniversary with the opening of a patio. The new patio is open Wednesday to Sunday and I won’t lie, it’s a great people-watching spot.
But on to the drink! They had a couple of signature cocktails for the night. The one I really enjoyed was Off the Cuff, a rye based drink made with Canadian Club 100%. The drink also contained a liquer, I had never heard of (almost unbelievable, I know). The drink had half a shot of Galliano, a vanilla flavoured liquor and ginger beer. They garnished it with a mint leaf – normally I don’t like mint in my drinks but because it wasn’t too much, it wasn’t overpowering.
I did have a photo of it but I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with the photo but it is a drink I will definitely try to replicate.
Have you been to the new patio yet?
So… apparently I’m the only person in the world that has never heard of this drink – soju, a korean liquor who’s name translated means burning liquor. Thankfully, the Tipsy Teachers from Schoolhouse Booze were able to educate a group of ladies about soju at their recent “ladies night, night school”.
Soju can be made from a variety of things, including rice, potato, sweet potato or another grain, it seemed like almost any kind of grain. The ladies had theirs infused at a restaurant in the city, and after realizing how easy it was to do, they decided to share the secret with us (spoiler alert: you just pop some fruit in and let it sit two weeks).
They had a bunch of delicious fruit – I infused mine with orange and grapefruit, I can’t wait to try it in two weeks. We tried it straight and with pineapple. Straight was fine, a little strong but nothing like a vodka or tequila burn. The pineapple was nice, it reminded me of malibu. Soju is lighter than most liquors, at around 20-25% alcohol and is under $20 at the LCBO for a 26er.
Have you tried soju? Do you know any games I should know about?
This week, I’m mixing it for the thirsty thursday. This week is –non-alcoholic–. I know, I can hear your gasps but sometimes you’ve got to mix it up.
This week’s thirsty thursday is tea of the people’s barrel aged rooibos – madagascar cocoa x mint. Rooibos is one of my favourite teas to begin with so I was really excited when I got to try this tea (and their chai).
As the name suggests, the tea has cocoa and mint but also has orange and apple pieces in it. The tea smelled so good, you could clearly see the pieces of fruit in it. The tea tasted great – I didn’t sweeten mine, I figured with all the flavours, it didn’t need any additional sweetness and it was great. I brought this tea with me to the office (because sharing is caring) and one of my co-workers said “you can really tell this is premium tea, not that garbage I drank in university” – I’ll take her word for it
Tea of the People develops Canada’s first barrel aged organic tea. The tea along with the flavours (fruits, herbs and spices) are barrel aged in a wine cellar for 3-5 months, which results in a unique oaky flavour. Tea of the People is also passionate about being good for you but also good for society – each month, they donate 5% of their profits to entrepreneurs or non-profits who are working to solve issues around poverty, education, public health and climate change.
Their teas have begun selling in a few Loblaws throughout Southern Ontario. You can also order online, some of their other flavours I have to try are the dragon well green tea pomegranate x yumberry, blueberry x dragon fruit and an acai x goji. As I mentioned (or my co-worker mentioned), this is a premium tea and prices range from $9.99-$11.99 per 50g (definitely on par with bigger tea shops).
Have you tried the Tea of the People? What has been your favourite?
Happy Thursday. I hope you’ve all had a great week so far. This week’s Thirsty Thursday comes once again from Left Field Brewery.
This adorably named beer is called Sunlight Park, after Toronto’s first professional baseballpark. This is one of the brewery’s lightest beers and definitely one of my favourites. With an IBU of 22, it’s light, not bitter and great for the summer.
Fun fact – because I love fun facts – they hand-zest 1kg of grapefruit zest for every batch of Sunlight Park. I’d suggest going by Left Field Brewery and picking up a few bottles for your next backyard/patio session!
Have you tried the Sunlight Park? What did you think?
In case you missed it, this past sunday was the most recent installment of detox to retox at Left Field Brewery. I love their baseball theme. I’ve been to a few beer tastings so I don’t usually learn too much more about beer but I definitely learned more about baseball this weekend.
This week’s thirsty thursday is called Eephus, which apparently the name of a weird pitch, usually only seen in the majors once a year. The beer on the other hand is popping up everywhere, one of their brews that is available in a few LCBOs across the city. I’m not sure if my palette is growing after getting into craft beer, but a couple years ago I probably would have avoided this beer because it’s so dark.
This is their oatmeal brown ale. I expected it to be very heavy based on the colour but it was much lighter than I expected. It was still full of flavour, you could definitely taste the hints of the oatmeal in it.
I would definitely recommend this beer if you love brown ales, or you’re not quite sure if you do and want to give it a try – this is a great one to start with.