August 9, 2012

proof rum, Ahoy! Vol. 97

If you are lucky enough to own a boat, you are probably already quite familiar with today’s locations. If, however, your only means of transportation is a set of wheels, you can still enjoy these lakeside hot spots. We are featuring a melon cocktail-flight and visiting the historical waterways of Simcoe/Muskoka in today’s post. For more information on proof brands, visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

the melon trio 
the watermelon 1 oz proof rum • 5 oz fresh watermelon juice • 1 oz simple syrup • ½ oz fresh lime juice • watermelon slice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a glass. Garnish with fresh watermelon slice.


the cantaloupe 1 oz Midori • 1 oz proof rum • 1 oz orange juice • 1/16 fresh cantaloupe • 1 cup ice
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until thick and smooth. Spoon into a glass and garnish with a fresh cantaloupe slice.


the honeydew 1/2 oz Midori • 1 1/2 oz proof whisky • 1/3 oz fresh lime juice • ginger beer
Pour first three ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and pour into an ice-filled glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with honeydew.

This week, we took a daytrip along the Georgian Bay waterfront. We started our journey in Port Severn and made our way back to the Penetanguishene Town Dock. Here’s what we discovered.

The Trent-Severn Waterway is made up of 386 km of interconnected lakes and rivers stretching through central Ontario, Canada. These waterways are interconnected with 44 locks and 36 swing bridges. The smallest of the locks (lock 45) is on the Trent-Severn is Port Severn.

If you want to treat yourself to a few nights in the area, any of these lake front resorts will do. 

The Delawana Inn is the ideal 'back to nature' Ontario vacation destination. Located in Honey Harbour on beautiful Georgian Bay in Muskoka, this historical resort features its own executive pitch and putt golf course, the Wanakita Wellness Spa and every possible waterfront activity you could imagine! (

Christie Mills is nestled on a spectacular Muskoka peninsula in the hamlet of Port Severn, Muskoka. Surrounded by fragrant pine on a crystal clear lakefront, you will be enveloped by serenity in this European style Inn... a sophisticated blend of old world charm and contemporary luxuries. Enjoy a variety of golf courses or one of the many local attractions, that are open seasonally. (

Rawley Resort Located in Port Severn, Rawley Resort and Marina defines luxury, relaxation and supreme comfort in an all suite boutique, muskoka resort located in a peaceful, beautifully landscaped setting on the waterfront overlooking the historical Trent-Severn River Waterway. (


Victoria Harbour Quarterdeck Family owned and operated for over 25 years in the village of Victoria Harbour, Queen’s Cove Marina and The Quarterdeck Restaurant are nestled in the crook of the peninsula on the serene and picturesque Georgian Bay inlet known as Hog’s Bay. This location provides shelter from the wind and waves creating a safe and calm environment for docking and enjoying your boat and surroundings.

Keewatin “The Kee,” as many around the region affectionately know her, was once the crown jewel in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s mighty Great Lakes steamship fleet, a rail-to-water, deluxe travel system the corporation operated during the first half of the 20th century that saw guests and freight arrive by train from Toronto.
Built in Scotland, the Edwardian-era passenger steamship was launched on July 6, 1907, five years before the Titanic. It was retired in 1966 after spending almost 60 seasons transporting passengers.

Henry’s Fish restaurant has two locations – one on Frying Pan Island and on in Port McNicoll. (Henry’s South) The latter has a 200 seat patio overlooking a large Marina. (

Henry’s fish store We discovered this fish market tucked behind a house in the country. Also owned by Henry Lepage, you can purchase fresh or smoked Georgian Bay trout, pickerel  and other fish. The smoked trout was amazing.


Midland Harbour – Here you can stop in for a drink at the Boathouse Eatery or hop on the Miss Midland. Runs 3 times daily. (705-527-0829)

Penetanguishene Town Dock – Located at the Town Dock in Penetanguishene, Ontario the World Famous Dock Lunch has been an area landmark since 1967. For eat-in or take-out, the Dock Lunch is everyone’s favourite eating place. The W.F.D.L. offers seating inside with a real “on the lake” cottage atmosphere as well as outdoor seating with a captivating view of Penetanguishene Bay and the town harbour.

Discovery Harbour is home port for two large replica historic ships and a fine collection of smaller vessels. Get on board, and feel what life was really like for the people at the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment in the early 1800s. Take in dinner and a play at Captain Roberts’ Table and the King’s Wharf Theatre. (

Remember to check out where magazine for our summer contest & bi-weekly recipes. where is now featuring one proof recipe every other week until September.

OOPS - Almost forgot - Don't miss Wakestock this coming weekend!! (

Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Rain and a high of 23 degrees
Sunday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 25 degrees