June 18, 2014

proof whisky, when life gives you lemons, Vol. 144

We would first like to apologize for our laziness these past few months. We promise to get back to our regular Thursday posts, starting today. Summer officially begins this coming Saturday, and there are lots of exciting things coming up with proof, so let’s make a toast to summer. Stay tuned for many more cocktails every Thursday. For more information on proof brands visit www.proofbrands.com

Pier 5 Single 1 ½ oz proof whisky • 6 torn mint leaves • 5 oz fresh lemonade* • 1 inch piece of peeled English cucumber. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ½ oz proof whisky, 6 torn mint leaves and  the 1 inch piece of peeled English cucumber.  Muddle.  Add ice and 5 oz fresh lemonade *. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Pier 5 Pitcher 1 - 500ml bottle of proof whisky • 1/2 cup torn up mint leaves • 60 oz of lemonade* and an English cucumber that has been peeled, then liquefied in a blender.  Fill the pitcher with ice, add all ingredients, stir and let flavours blend for 30   minutes. *

*fresh lemonade 1 ½ cups sugar • 1 ½ cups boiling water (for the simple syrup) • 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice (8-10 lemons) • 6 cups cold water (to dilute)
Combine boiling water and sugar and stir until all sugar is dissolved.  Let cool completely in refrigerator (this can be made the day ahead) Squeeze/juice 8-10 lemons . Add sugar syrup, lemon juice and cold water

Last Sunday when we were in NYC, we decided to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to visit Smorgasburg on Pier 5. It is here that we were inspired to make this cocktail. (http://www.smorgasburg.com)

Not only did we try some delicious foods, we totally lucked out and got the chance to
See Mario Batali, who was judging the ‘Red’ competition. (see link)

Smorgasburg happens every Sunday in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 5 on the waterfront, featuring packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of 100 vendors.


NYC isn’t the only place hosting cool local events. This weekend, if you are in town, celebrate the first day of summer at Leslieville’s Lemonfest.

Construction is almost finished at Queen & Leslie and the intersection is on-schedule to open in the early hours of June 22.The Leslieville BIA has done a tremendous job of working with the TTC and City to help reduce the impact of the construction on our wonderful local businesses, and of course the Leslieville community showed tons of support for local businesses during construction.

On Saturday June 21 Leslieville is celebrating LemonFest. Businesses will literally be making lemonade, with proceeds going to the Red Door Shelter. Queen from Booth to Vancouver will come alive with sidewalk sales, music, and activities for all ages.

The Leslieville Tree Festival is a wonderful family event that gives neighbours a chance to check out eco-vendors and enjoy great performances by local rock band Afterthought, Eastview Children's dancers, and Robert Priest. Local food vendors will be there all afternoon, including The Real Jerk, Leslieville Cheese Market, and Rowe Farms, and there will be activities for children of all ages.

Weekend Weather:
Saturday: Sunshine and 22 degrees
Sunday: Sunshine and 23 degrees

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