August 16, 2012

proof rum, cranberry capitol Vol. 98

Today, we are visiting Bala, cranberry capitol of Ontario. 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 cranberry kee 2 oz proof rum • 4 oz iced-tea • 2 oz cranberry juice • ¼ tsp fresh lemon juice
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with lemon and fresh cranberries. For a lighter version, use white cranberry juice.

iced-tea 4 teabags (black or green tea) • 8 cups of water (filtered water will give a far better taste) • 1 cup sugar
Boil half of the water (4 cups) and pour over tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for no more than 5 minutes, otherwise it may become bitter. In a large jug or bowl, place 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of cold (filtered) water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour your brewed tea into the sugar/water mixture and stir. Adding the hot tea to the cold water helps prevent the finished drink from becoming cloudy. Cool.


At the core of Muskoka, located about 160 km north of Toronto, is the town of Bala, a picturesque spot that several hundred people call home throughout the year, though this number can quadruple in the summer months.

We stopped in town for some lunch. There are a few quaint restaurants and shops in the centre of town, like Saturday Afternoons and Skirt. ( If you do visit, make sure to explore the town on foot – otherwise you will miss the great areas by the river.

Though most people head to Bala in the summertime to enjoy the lake, autumn is also a great season to visit, as the annual Cranberry Festival takes place on the weekend after the Canadian Thanksgiving. The festival features plenty of vendors, live entertainment and performances to keep everyone in the family busy.

“If you build it, they will come.” Long before the fictional movie Field of Dreams – where a farmer upon hearing a voice speaking to him, creates a baseball diamond in the middle of a field of corn – Gerry Patrick Dunn felt the same real-life urge to push ahead in 1941 with an idea so grandiose it left some people scratching their heads in amazement. Gerry erected the most ambitious summer dance pavilion ever built in Ontario cottage country: Dunn’s Pavilion – “Where All Muskoka Dances”  Over 70 years later, The Kee to Bala is still attracting top knotch talent and a big crowd. Check out this weekend’s performance.

An Evening with Drake Saturday August 18, 2012 Doors open at 10:00 pm Early-bird prices (prices subject to change without notice) TICKETS $100.00 + HST & Handling An Evening with Drake” at The KEE to Bala. Hosted and live performances by Drake and Dj Future The Prince. (

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.

 Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Mainly sunny and a high of 23 degrees
Sunday: Cloudy periods and a high of 22 degrees