It’s world cocktail day! As if we needed an excuse! It’s a Saturday, the weather is tolerable and summer is just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a cocktail.
I had the opportunity to try Wyborowa, a rye based vodka from Poland. Canadian mixologist, Scott Barber from Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro created a number of cocktails with Wyborowa for world cocktail day.
I tried Scott Barber’s Intrepid Spring:
1.5oz Wyborowa Vodka
1oz fresh lemon juice
.75oz lavender syrup
2 dashes of soda
4 muddled grapes
It was a refreshing drink and a smooth vodka, that can be paired with a great cocktail or sipped (if that’s your kind of thing). How are you celebrating world cocktail day?
Well, there’s another one! This city is just getting more and more breweries and it’s great! This past weekend, we visited Halo Brewery for the latest addition of Detox to Retox.
This cozy little spot is new to the Junction-ish area. With constant rotating taps, you’re likely to find something new every time you’re at Halo. They pride themselves on not having a “flagship” beer. They want their curiosity and experiments to be their flagship. We got to learn about the story behind Halo and how their fun and playful brand came to be.
As part of our flight, we tried the Magic Missile, the New Wave, the Golden Ratio and my favourite, the Tokyo Rose (which was my favourite made with rosehips). I also tried the other beers, I really enjoyed the Shapeshifter and I’m not usually a fan of sours.
If you’re looking for a quiet spot to grab some fresh beer, be sure to hit up Halo.
And want to hit up the next Detox to Retox? Get on it quick! There’s only one ticket left for Junction and a few left for Indie Ale House – hope to see you there!
I had heard that Prince Edward County was a great place to try cider, but until last weekend I had never had the chance to try it. The County Cider Company was at the Toronto Cider Festival last weekend with a number of interesting ciders as well as their original. My favourite was definitely the blood orange. If you know me, you know I love blood orange (sweet water radler being high on my summertime favourites) and this cider was perfect. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and you could definitely taste the blood orange. Although it is a bit of a tease that you’re not able to get them at LCBO, it is just incentive to visit their beautiful cidery.
Did you attend the cider festival? Which was your favourite?
Last Friday, I went to Fresh Fridays with my boyfriend at the iYellow Wine Cave. It had been a while since I was at the cave, and I remembered why I loved it there. Funky space with wine, cheese, meat and awesome people? What’s not to love? This event was showcasing Fresh Wines, a new, local wine from the Niagara region. We sampled (ample samples, I should say) 5 of the wines from the brand. I think they are definitely perfect for the summer, they were really on the sweet side, which is perfect for a summer’s day!
The one I would like to feature this week is their Riesling-Gewurztraminer (say that three times fast), and it was a great blend. Again, something sweet for a summers day (or maybe a winter day if you really prefer ’em sweet). It was fruity and refreshing and like all of Fresh’s wines, incredibly affordable at only $12.95.
Check out any of the Fresh wines as we wrap up summer (sad) and if you’re in the city, check out the Fresh Fridays at the cave, they’re absolutely great!
This week’s beer was my absolute favourite from the festival. If you’ve read past “thirsty thursday”, you may know that I have a thing for blueberry flavoured drinks. It’s very tough to find a good blueberry beer, sometimes you can’t really taste the blueberries, other times it doesn’t go with the beer but this one has been my favourite so far!
It is a seasonal beer so I will definitely be buying as much beer as I can drink within its 3 month shelf life (probably more than anyone should drink). It is one of my favourite beers to date, and if you’re a fan of fruit beer, I would definitely recommend picking some of these up from the beer store before they’re gone!
I hope you’re all having a great summer and keeping as busy as I am! Last weekend I got to attend the Toronto Festival of Beer, keeping my annual tradition (I almost had to miss it for a wedding but I made it work).
For the next few “thirsty thursdays”, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourites for the festival. My first one is from a brand that had one of my favourites last year too. Ironwood cider from Niagara-On-The-Lake had a great cranberry apple cider this year (last year, I loved their peach). It was the perfect balance of tart and sweet and packed a punch at over 6%. It was so easy to drink and perfect on the hot day we were having!
The only downside is their seasonals are only available in Niagara-On-The-Lake, I guess it’s a great excuse to get out to the great beer and cider region of NOTL!
What was your favourite at this year’s festival?
Is it bad that I’ve lost track of the number of Detox to Retoxes we’ve done? It’s amazing, and this past weekend was no different!
Henderson Brewery is one of the newest breweries in the city and they are definitely becoming a neighbourhood favourite. Walking distance to Lansdowne Station, this brewery is on Sterling, between Bloor and Dundas. I first discovered Henderson Brewery at an event at Evergreen Brickworks and I couldn’t wait until they were ready to host their first Detox to Retox!
This past Sunday, a group of over 30 participated in an hour of yoga followed by a beer tasting of Henderson’s brews! It was great to try the new beer from this very promising brewery in the west end!
Missed out on Henderson Brewery? Not to worry! The next event is August 14th at Lansdowne Brewery! Tickets are available at www.detoxtoretox.ca!
Well, summer is more than officially here. It is so very hot out that all I want to do is sit on a patio or in a pool and drink ice cold drinks.
This week’s thirsty thursday is definitely a summer drink! Smirnoff recently released new coolers that are not carbonated, which can be great when you don’t want something heavy or fizzy. There are three new flavours, electric orange and two more you can expect to see on future thirsty thursdays! These drinks are definitely on the sweeter side, and if you’re a fan of orange freezies, these are right up your alley. They have a great flavour and are perfect served ice cold (I enjoyed mine over ice).
If you’re looking for a fun new drink to bring out to the pool or beach this summer, check out these newest coolers from Smirnoff!
Have you tried the new coolers? What did you think?
I think the best part of being a grown up is that you can have whatever you’d like for dinner, and one day last week I chose ice cream. I finally made it to Sweet Jesus, it was freezing cold, snowing and there was still a line!
I had the campfire smores – it was soft serve, burnt marshmallows, chocolate sauce and graham crackers. It was so good. It was worth every single calorie! They have about half a dozen different types of ice cream cones, and they all sound delicious. My friend had cookies-cookies-cookies and cream which is exactly what you think it is. It was really good but I think I’d have my campfire smores again.
My friend had the marshmallow latte, which honestly, was a full dessert. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything at Sweet Jesus. They are definitely decadent desserts and drinks and a special treat. But be prepared to wait, there’s even a line in the snow!
Have you been to Sweet Jesus? What’s your favourite?
Hope you’re all having a great long weekend so far, I know it just started but that’s the most exciting time – there’s so much weekend left!
Our next Detox to Retox has been scheduled and tickets are going faster than reese’s peanut butter eggs on easter morning. The next event is extra special for a couple of reasons. 1. It is our 10th Detox to Retox! 10, I can’t believe it. How time flies. 2. This one’s for charity. We wanted to do something fun and different for our 10th D2R and we thought giving back would be the best way to celebrate this little milestone!
The next event is on April 17th at Left Field Brewery, a fan favourite. Join us and support the Shoebox Project while having a great time getting bendy for beer. The Shoebox Project is an awesome local charity that gives women living in shelters a little something special. Each shoebox has a value of around $50 and can be filled with things like makeup, candy, nail polish, gift cards, tokens and really anything that will help women feel special.
For our next event, the majority of the funds will go to the Shoebox Project. We also welcome participants to create their own shoebox or bring items that can go into a shoebox that the Detox to Retox team will create!
If you would like more information about what to put in the boxes and some of the shelters they work with, check out their site here. If you’d like tickets – you can find them here.
See you on the 17th!