December 3, 2014

proof whisky, shop on, Vol. 148

Take a short break from your holiday shopping with this delicious cocktail. For more information on proof brands visit

the holiday sour 1 1/2 oz homemade spiced proof whisky • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice • 1/2 oz clove syrup* • 1/2 oz egg whites (optional) • Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters
 In a cocktail  shaker filled with ice add all ingredients and shake sharply.  Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with 3 drops of chocolate bitters.  Garnish with a clove studded lemon slice. (recipe by the Martini Club)

homemade proof spiced whisky To 1 full bottle of proof whisky add a cinnamon stick, 4 whole allspice, 4 cloves and a piece star anise.  Let steep for 3 days (if you can wait) and then strain out spices. You can add a splash to a cup of tea for great toddy or to a cup of eggnog.

clove syrup Add 1 cup sugar and 4 dried cloves to a heatproof container (empty proof bottle or a mason jar) add 1 cup boiling water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Allow to cool, cover and refrigerate.  Remove cloves after 2 to 3 days.

tip you can use your leftover clove syrup in tea or coffee or you can make extra and add a cinnamon stick, whole allspice and star anise for a great holiday gift.

 Last weekend, we visited the Leslieville Flea and found some more great gifts.

 We tasted delicious food from The Animal Liberation Kitchen 

and discovered Whiskey & Spice mustards (

Next week we will be featuring lots of local vintage shops and making a Balzac's Coffee drink.

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

Sunday: Sunny and a high of  1 degree

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