August 23, 2012

proof whisky, peaches, caves and coasters, Vol. 99

Collingwood, Ontario has become just as popular a destination in the hot months as it is in the winter months. Today, we will show you why. 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 georgian peach 2 slices peeled peach • fresh mint • 1 oz ginger syrup • 1 1/2 oz proof whisky • 1/4 oz Cinzano (optional) • ice

Add peaches, mint and ginger simple syrup to a glass. Muddle. Add proof whisky, Cinzano and lots of ice. Stir. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a grilled peach slices.

ginger simple syrup 1 cup sugar • 1 cup water • 1 piece (about 10 inches long and 4 ounces; or use several small pieces) fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin rounds
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add ginger; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let steep 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard ginger. Refrigerate up to 1 month.

The sweetness of fresh Ontario peaches goes perfectly with a bit of smoky flavour. Here are a couple of ways to grill peaches on the BBQ.

Grilled peach salsa 4 ripe local peaches • 1 tbsp olive oil • kosher salt • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1 small red onion • fresh mint
Brush pitted and peeled peach halves with some olive oil, and sprinkle a bit of salt all over. Grill over medium for about 2 minutes per side. Let cool, and then slice, and mix with a good squeeze of lemon juice, a bit of finely chopped red onion, a bit of chopped fresh mint, and salt to taste. This is beautiful with grilled pork, and will add a lot of life to an everyday grilled chicken breast.

Grilled peaches with ice cream 4 ripe local peaches • 2 tbsp melted butter • 4 tbsp brown sugar • salt
Coat the peaches in melted butter, and sprinkle on a generous coating of brown sugar, with a pinch of salt. Grill over medium for about 3-4 minutes per side, and serve warm, with a squeeze of fresh lemon, with a good quality vanilla ice cream. (for even more decadence, drizzle with dulce de leche)

Standing near the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment - more than 300 meters in elevation above Georgian Bay - the suspension bridge at Scenic Caves is Ontario's newest feature attraction. 

Not only will you venture deep inside Blue Mountain’s labyrinth of caves and crevices, at Collingwood’s Scenic Caves, you will have the option of riding a zip line through the trees, crossing Ontario's longest suspension footbridge, hiking through the lush trails or playing an 18-hole game of miniputt. (

After visiting the Scenic Caves, take a short drive back to the Blue Mountain village for dinner and to check out its many outdoor activities. Blue Mountain is no longer just a skier’s haven. With its mountain coaster, high ropes, golf, hiking adventures and many more summer activities, you will be set for hours of outdoor fun. 

It’s a great way to work up an appetite, before hitting one of the village’s many restos and patios. ( We had dinner at Oliver & Bonacini’s at the Weston. Both the food and the ambiance were perfect from their outdoor patio. (


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: Sunny and a high of 29 degrees.
Sunday: Sunny and a high of 28 degrees.