November 20, 2014

proof whisky, I’m dreaming of a low-impact Christmas, Vol. 146

This year, we will try our best to purchase only recycled, hand-made, local and/or refurbished gifts for our friends and loved ones. So for the next few weeks we will be visiting some great flea-markets and local vintage stores. Let the shopping begin! For more information on proof brands visit

the annex 1 ½ oz proof whisky  5 oz Bistrotea Apple Cinnamon (very strong) • ½ oz ginger syrup •  ¼ oz fresh lemon juice

Add 1 L of boiling water to 3 Bistrotea Apple Cinnamon pods and let brew until it is very black and cold.  Add proof whisky, 5 oz Bistrotea Apple Cinnamon tea, ginger syrup and fresh lemon juice to your favourite vintage glass filled with ice. Stir and enjoy! And if the weather outside is frightful, drink it hot! (you can use any kind of tea if you cannot find Bistrotea (


ginger syrup Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water to a saucepan. Peel and grate a 1 inch piece of ginger into the saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 3-5 minutes.  Let cool.  This will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Last Sunday, we eagerly pushed our way through the SC parade crowd to reach our destination, The Annex Flea. And it was definitely worth all the aggravation of getting there. For the winter months, the flea is set up in the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst. There were lots of goodies to be found, including some awesome vintage glassware.

In the grand tradition of Toronto’s neighbourhood markets, the Annex Flea brings the best vintage and handmade goods in Toronto together under one roof.

Look your flashiest with jewellery crafted by local talent, or try on a piece of single origin chocolate while sipping a fair trade cappuccino.  Find that pair of high-waisted pants you’ve been looking for since 1991, or set up your own personal Mad-Men-era bar, complete with ice bucket, ashtray and vintage suaveness.  Snack on an unexpectedly innovative treat, or find the perfect vintage mirror to appreciate your good looks in.  Chat with a seasoned vendor about getting your own shop off the ground, or make friends with that other attractive customer reaching for the same item as you…the next Annex Flea is December 13th & 14th. (

If you are looking specifically for vintage glass and barware in the Toronto area, check out one of our previous posts. proof whisky, anotherman’s treasure, Vol. 33 

Next week, we are off to Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Partly sunny and a high of 4 degrees

Sunday: Chance of showers and a high of 7 degrees

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