June 16, 2011

proof whisky, dad’s day, Vol. 38

If you have not yet purchased your bottle of proof whisky for dad, there is time. Buy it now and you may still receive one of our handsome money clips or handy pour spouts. (offer runs out after the weekend). Pops will love it. Take a little stroll down memory lane with today’s easy drink, the rye & root – which mixes vintage Dad’s Root Beer and proof whisky. After trying this delicious Rootbeer cocktail, you’ll wanna say goodbye to Ginger forever. To learn more about our brand visit www.proofbrands.com. Become a friend on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Proof-Brands/181641835185326 and Twitter http://twitter.com/proofbrands to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

rye & root 1 ½ oz proof whisky • 5 oz root beer
Add 1 1/2 oz proof whisky to an ice-filled frosted mug. Add root beer. Enjoy with Dad.

Dad’s is one of America’s most popular soft drinks. The beverage was developed in Chicago in February of 1937, and its unique and delicious flavor has earned it a loyal following. Dad's celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2007. (www.dadsrootbeer.ca)

They currently have a contest running which allows you to enter a draw to win tickets to Indy. The winner will receive VIP passes to the 2011 Toronto Honda Indy Race The prize includes, access passes for all 3 days, pit passes, meet the team and much, much more. (http://www.facebook.com/people/Home-Grown/100001724470981)

Dad’s is sold at most Loblaws stores. If you cannot get your hands on a bottle of Dad’s, or if you simply want to try something different, here is a great selection of natural and not-so-natural brands. Boylan’s (www.boylanbottling.com), Virgil’s (www.reedsinc.com), A & W (www.aw.ca), Jones (www.jonessoda.com), The Pop Shop, Hires, IBC (www.ibcrootbeer.com), MUG, Barq’s & Stewart’s (www.drinkstewarts.com).


For a real old-fashioned treat, add a scoop of vanilla or whisky ice cream and turn your Rye & Root into a float.


If you have an ice-cream maker, try out this decadent whisky ice-cream recipe:

whisky ice cream 2 cups heavy whipping cream • 2 cups half & half • ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder • 6 large egg yolks • ½ cup sugar • ¼ cup dark brown sugar • ¼ tsp salt • 5 tbsps proof whisky • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean)
Bring first 3 ingredients to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until milk powder dissolves. Remove from heat. Combine egg yolks, brown sugar and salt in bowl. Whisk until thick. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into yolk mixture & return all to saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until it thickens enough to leave path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across (temperature should be 175 to 178 farenheit), almost 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in proof whisky and vanilla. Refrigerate mixture uncovered until cold, stirring occasionally (3 hours) Custard can be made one day ahead. Pour into ice-cream maker and follow its directions.

proof whisky makes a great gift for Father’s Day – especially if you can get your hands on a bottle affixed with one of our swanky money clips or pour spouts. (www.lcbo.com)

Here are some other great gifts ideas: books (www.assouline.com), shot glasses, wooden ipad cover www.gnr8.biz, The Man Cave Book www.mancavesite.org, books, whiskey stones (chapters had one of the better selections of FD gifts) www.chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.com, fan, chair www.dwr.com, brief case (http://alchemygoods.com), govino glasses (www.govinowine.com)

And one of our favourites, the Reef Adjustable BYOB with built in church key 'pop' opener (www.reef.com)

*If you are in the Sarnia, Ontario area this weekend, make sure to pop in to see us at the Exmouth store either Friday evening (from 4-8pm) or Saturday afternoon (from 1-5pm) for a special Father’s Day Celebration.

If not, here are some other proof tastings happening around Ontario this weekend:
St. Catharines – June 17th from 4–8 pm – 343 Glendale Avenue
*Sarnia – Meet Proprietor Michael Riley – June 17th from 4–8 pm – Exmouth
Toronto – June 18th from 4–8 pm – 343 Glendale Avenue
Etobicoke – June 18th from 11:30–3:30 pm – 2762 Lakeshore Blvd West
Etobicoke – June 18th from 4–8 pm – 2762 Lakeshore Blvd West
Mississauga – June 18th from 4–8 pm – 200 Lakeshore Road East
Toronto – June 18th from 11:30–3:30 pm – 545 Yonge Street
Newmarket – June 18th from 4–8 pm – 17365 Leslie Street
Toronto – June 18th from 4–8 pm – 1009 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto – June 18th from 1–5 pm – 2290 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke – June 18th from 1–5 pm – 1750 The Queensway
*Sarnia – Meet Michael Riley – June 18th from 1–5 pm – Exmouth


Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Mainly sunny and a high of 26 degrees.
Sunday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 23 degrees.

Have a Happy Father’s Day!!

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