December 19, 2013

proof whisky, Morris Kitchen, Vol. 141

Last weekend we had the pleasure of doing another tasting at one of our favourite specialty food shops, Ciboulette et Cie. Our friend André asked us to come up with some drinks using some of his newest products — Morris Kitchen Syrups. For more information on proof brands visit

the morris pear 1 1/2 oz proof whisky • 1/2 oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice • 4 oz Ceres pear juice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into glass filled with ice.  This drink could also be served warm

the Brooklyn apple 1 1/2 oz proof whisky • 4 oz Morris Kitchen Spiced Apple Syrup • 2 cups water • 2 oz lemon juice • 1 tbs star anise & cloves • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmer for 5 min. Serve in heat proof glass or mug.

Ciboulette et Cie (Chive and Company) is rooted in the community. They create partnerships between producers, farmers, and chefs so that you can enjoy the best their region has to offer. Just like the old General Store was at the heart of the neighbourhood, so too is Ciboulette et Cie. Unlike a supermarket, or a single-aisle store, they can tell you where your food came from – and chances are it's just up the road. By shopping locally and preparing their ingredients and meals right there in their store, they are ensuring that the environment and local economy will benefit just as much as you and your family. (

André Sanche continues to impress us with the amazing things that he has done with his shop. Not only is he a super nice guy, but he is a passionate purveyor of quality foods. This November he closed the shop for a few days to add new shelving and reorganize. Apparently he is constantly changing things up. Obviously this has been a smart strategy, since his shop is buzzing with local regulars and he has a good out-of-town following from Cottagers in the area. André carries an amazing selection of sauces (his own and other quality brands), cookbooks, spices, cheeses, and his line of take-away fresh and frozen foods. He even offers several cooking classes. If you are in the Midland area, this is definitely a stop that you will not want to miss.

We used Morris Kitchen syrups in both of our recipes. Morris Kitchen is a Brooklyn-based company that began in 2009 with a simple idea to create and share food. They make a variety of classic and seasonal syrups to be used in cocktails and cooking. The versatility of their syrups inspires adventure in the bar and kitchen. Combine one part syrup to five parts sparkling water for a homemade soda. Make cocktails by mixing with liquor, and fresh citrus. Pour over ice cream and fruit and yogurt, use as a marinade for meat or fish, and create salad dressings. (

Ciboulette also carries a good assortment of gift items.

Another gift idea for your whiskey loving friends. Pick up Jim Murray’s Latest 10th Anniversary Whisky Bible and read proof whisky’s standing solid rating. (

Happy Holidays Everyone! Thank-you for following our stories and recipes.
Michael Riley

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