March 31, 2011

proof whisky, nature’s gold, Vol. 27

What could be more synonymous with Canada than Maple Syrup? With its multiple health benefits, complex flavour and local accessibility, it has definitely become nature’s sugar of choice for many. We definitely love it – which is why we have created a cocktail with this rich sweetener. Enjoy The Maple Sour – a maple twist on the whisky sour. To learn more about our brand visit
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the maple sour
1 1/2 oz proof whisky
1/2 oz pure maple syrup

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Pour 1 1/2 oz proof whisky, 
1/2 oz pure maple syrup, 
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.

We used the Glencairn Official Canadian Whisky Glass for The Maple Sour

proof’s own creator, Michael Riley helped in developing this glass with the Glencairn team. The glass represents a very special, crystal addition to the Glencairn Glass family; a whisky tumbler designed expressly for lovers of Canadian Whiskies. The base is graced with a beautifully etched Maple Leaf. It's mouth and bowl make the whisky easily enjoyed neat, with ice and as we have used it, to serve a cocktail. 
It can be purchased at

Maple Syrup begins as sap in a maple tree. The sap is harvested in the spring when temperatures rise into the 40s during the day and cool off into the 20s at night. 

It takes a very special place for the conditions to be just right – and that place is Canada.

We visited the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at the Kortright Centre to see just how it is made. (9550 Pine Valley Drive

If you do not have the time to visit a Sugarbush, you can pick up the same quality product at many convenient markets. 
St Lawrence Market carries a good selection.(

If you are looking for another reason to celebrate everything-that-is-Canadian, don’t forget to visit the One of a Kind Spring Show.
The show opened yesterday and runs until Sunday. It features the work of Canadian artisans from across the country. Every unique product, from wood sculptures to cookies line the aisles. Its the largest show of its kind.

Here are just a few samples of the great talent showcased at OOAK:,, and

Sample proof whisky this week at the following LCBO stores: (
Waterloo - April 1st from 4-8 pm – 115 King Street South
Guelph - April 1st from 4-8 pm – 378 Speedvale Avenue East
Mississauga – April 2nd from 4-8 pm – 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre
Bramalea – April 2nd from 11:30-3:30 pm – 80 Peel Centre Drive

Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 8 degrees.
Sunday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 8 degrees.

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