July 21, 2011

proof rum, Cherry Beach, Vol. 43

A great reprieve from Toronto’s scorching heat is a trip to one of its historical beaches. Mix up a pitcher of Cherry Beach Long Island and head down to the cocktail's namesake beach. (or any beach for that matter) Cool-down with a dip in the lake and a tall icy glass of Long Island.  
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Cherry Beach Long Island (Single Cocktail)
1 oz proof vodka • ½ oz proof rum • 1/2 oz cherry brandy • 1 oz lemon sour (mix equal parts fresh lemon juice and simple syrup) • 2 oz coke
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add all ingredients in above order. Garnish with a cherry and lemon skewer.

Cherry Beach Long Island (Pitcher 32 oz)
4 oz proof vodka • 4 oz proof rum • 2 oz cherry brandy • ¾ cup lemon sour (mix equal parts fresh lemon juice and simple syrup) • 1 ½  cup coke
Mix all ingredients in pitcher. Pour in ice-filled glasses. Garnish each with a cherry and lemon skewer.


Cherry Street Restaurant (275 Cherry Street - Southeast corner of Cherry and Commissioners St)(www.cherryst.ca) Surrounded by Turtle Island Recycling, Polson Pier, a T & T Supermarket and other public works industries, Cherry Street Restaurant is a little gem in the midst of the Toronto Port Lands.

The owner of Turtle Island Recycling has done an amazing job of restoring this old Toronto Dominion Bank Building back to its original bones for the sake of a fab Turtle Island Employee lunch spot. 

Breakfast & lunch are currently the main attractions, but with the recent opening of an awesome patio and dinner menu, Cherry Street will soon become an afternoon hangout for cyclists and soccer teams, as well as a pre-show dinner destination for ticket holders of the latest Cirque du soleil installation, Totem (www.cirquedusoleil.com) (its tent will soon pop-up in the area). 

Pop in for a pitcher of Cherry Beach Long Island. Cherry Street will be serving these, along with two other tasty proof signature pitchers.


What else to do in the area: Cherry Beach was originally named Clarke Beach Park after Harry Clarke, a Toronto alderman who was responsible for creating the park in the early 1930s. Despite its location at the tip of Toronto's formerly heavily industrial Port Lands area, for many years it was one of the few Toronto beaches clean enough for swimming and windsurfing. It has change rooms for bathers and barbecue areas for picnickers. It also has an off-leash area for dog walkers. The Martin Goodman waterfront trail passes through the park. (www.waterfronttrail.org)

The wooded area just adjacent to the beach has been turned into soccer fields, children's play structure and a metered parking area. (http://cherrybeachsoccer.com/)


See one of the best unobstructed views of Toronto from Polson Pier. (and take your own great shot of the city) Here you can also swim in the Oasis Swimming pool, play mini putt, drive a few golf balls, play indoor soccer or beach volleyball, drive a go-kart, climb the rockwall, see a movie or maybe a concert, and have a drink on a great patio, of course – phew! (www.polsonpier.com)


Pick up some fresh Asian fare at T & T’s sushi and dim sum food court. Enjoy your meal at one of its indoor or outdoor tables. (www.tnt-supermarket.com)

Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Mainly sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 31 degrees
Sunday: Mainly sunny and a high of 27 degrees

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