November 3, 2011

proof whisky, spice of your life, Vol. 58


We are finally fully recovered from Halloween and the timing couldn’t be better –  it’s almost the weekend. And there is so much happening over the next couple of days. Here’s a little start-up to an early weekend  – The Cinnamon Sour. This classic twist on the Whisky Sour was created for us, by the Martini Club(www.martiniclub.comIt will be making it’s tasting debut  at an exciting upcoming event. Like us 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.



Cinnamon Sour 1 oz proof whisky • 1 oz lemon juice • 1 oz cinnamon simple syrup
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients. Shake until very cold and strain liquid into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

 

TIP: For an even more intense cinnamon flavour, use cinnamon-infused proof whisky. We talked about whisky infusions last week. To infuse proof whisky, choose a clean, air-tight jar. Place 2-3 cinnamon sticks inside the jar and fill it with proof whisky. Cover tightly with a lid, shake a few times and place in a cool, dark spot or in the refrigerator. Because cinnamon has quite an intense flavour, do not leave it any longer than four days. Make sure to check it every day to ensure that you are happy with the intensity.

 


Because we were looking for good quality cinnamon at a reasonable price, we headed over to the House of Spice in Kensington Market. Here, we found everything that we needed and much much more.


Located on Augusta Avenue, Kensington’s colourful main avenue, House of Spice shares its location with several great restaurants, eclectic boutiques and attractions. (190 Augusta Avenue www.ehouseofspice.com)


Welcome to House of Spice, where you can taste the spice of adventure! The spices waft through the air and lure you into the exotic world of spices. Brightly labeled bottles, boxes, and bags, line our shelves which and are filled with every spice and herb imaginable, from "a" for adobo to "z" for za'atar.


Located in Toronto's eclectic Kensington Market, House of Spice is a family-owned business. Since its humble beginnings in 1971, they have been selling premium herbs and spices from around the world, a huge assortment of hot sauces, sea salts, teas, coffees, exotic spice blends and other hard to locate specialty ingredients.

 


Don’t forget to visit us tomorrow night at Whisky Live (www.whiskylive.com/canadaTickets are $65 each or $99 for a VIP Pass.


Whisky Live prides itself on bringing together the finest whiskies, great food and a range of education and entertainment to make learning about whisky both fun and stimulating.  Whether you are a whisky enthusiast an uninitiated newcomer or just looking for a day out that offers you something different Whisky Live has something for everyone

 


If you don’t get a chance to go to Whisky Live, pop in to see Michael Riley for a special tasting and bottle signing at the Orion’s Gate LCBO in Brampton, Saturday form 1-5pm.

 

Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Sunny and a high of 10 degrees.
Sunday: Sunny with cloudy periods and a high of 12 degrees.


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