February 17, 2011

proof whisky, après-ski, après-skate, après-just-about-anything, Vol. 20

A couple of weeks ago we spoke about ‘embracing’ our Canadian winters, and then we went on to talk about comforting indoor activities. 
Today, however, we are manning up to the elements. Please put on your parka, oil up your saucer sled and enjoy this week’s thirst-quenching winter recipe - indoors or out. Our Thursty Thursday is the Whisky Avalanche. To learn more about our brand visit www.proofbrands.com
to get last minute updates on all of our tastings, parties and events.

Whisky Avalanche 
(single serve)
1 ½ oz proof whisky
½ oz cinnamon simple syrup*
dash of orange bitters
2 oz grapefruit juice
2 oz ginger ale
Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 ½ oz. proof whisky, 2 oz. grapefruit juice, ½ oz. cinnamon simple syrup*, a dash of orange bitters (optional, but well worth it) and top with 2 oz ginger ale. Garnish with a piece of grapefruit.

Whisky Avalanche 
(punch bowl)
9 oz proof whisky
3 oz cinnamon simple syrup*
4-6 dashes of orange bitters
12 oz grapefruit juice
12 oz ginger ale
Fill a punch with ice. Add 9 oz. proof whisky, 12 oz. grapefruit juice, 3 oz. cinnamon simple syrup*, 4-6 dashes of orange bitters (optional, but well worth it) and top with 12 oz ginger ale. Garnish with a slices of grapefruit.

*Simple syrup recipe – Combine equal parts of sugar and boiling water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a jar or bottle, add cinnamon stick and let cool. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Next week is reading week for most Ontario Universities and Colleges. If you have decided to switch out the ‘fly & flop’ beach holiday 
for a more local week on the slopes, you may want to visit this website for Ontario ski resort information (http://www.skiontario.ca)

Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario is offering many great deals for students. We visited the village and it is awesome! (www.bluemountain.caNestled at the foot of the slopes, Blue Mountain Village has more than 25 shops, restaurants and bars. 
With an outdoor fire-pit, entertainment and nightlife, it’s a great place to spend your week with friends.

For luxury accommodations, book your stay at the Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain. (http://deals.westin.com/Westin-Trillium-House-Blue-Mountain-Resort-1498/so.htm?PS=PS_aa_NorthBosChi_Google_the_westin_trillium_house_blue_mountain_Exact_120810_NAD_FM Situated in the village, the Westin has boutique-designed rooms, and has an Oliver & Bononcini Restaurant right off the main lobby. (http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Blue-Mountain.aspx)

In addition to skiing, the area offers skating, toboganning and other great activities. (www.sceniccaves.com/) (www.highlandsnordic.on.ca)

The Town of Collingwood offers a combination of old time charm and history with the best recreation in Southern Ontario, including its huge Elvis Festival (www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com), Collingwood has much to offer. (www.town.collingwood.on.ca)

This is downtown, Collingwood. (Town hall and shops)

Skating in Toronto:
If you’re more rink rat than snow bunny, visit one of toronto’s great outdoor rinks. They are all accessible by TTC and most offer skate rentals. (http://www.toronto.ca/parks/skating/outdoor-rinks.htm) Some of the best city rinks include: Barbara Ann Scott Skating Rink, behind the College Park outdoor courtyard at Yonge and College Streets, Trinity-Bellwoods Skating Rink, at Gorevale Avenue, Withrow Park and Riverdale Park.

Skate in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillip Square. One of the most beautiful rinks is the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre (http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/skating/)

Just North of the City you can find the Mel Lastman Square Rink (North York Centre subway stop, 5100 Yonge Street 416-395-7584). 
For a more intimate and natural experience, drop into the Evergreen Brick Works, They now offer skating 4 days a week. (http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/skating/)

Last week’s tasting at the Summerhill LCBO was a huge success. (bottom left: Paul from August Ninth www.augustninth.ca)

Drop in to see us Friday night at the King and Spadina LCBO (4-8pm) and in Oakville on Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm (www.proofbrands.com)

Weather Forecast
Saturday: Mainly sunny and a high of 0 degrees
Sunday: Scattered flurries and once again 0 degrees

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