May 9, 2015

proof whisky, momma bear, Vol. 155

Happy Mother’s Day! For more information on proof brands visit

mama tea 48 oz boiling water • 6+ cups ice • 6 Sloane Tea Citron Chamomile tea bags • ½ cup sugar • 1 cup loosely-packed mint leaves (plus a few more for garnish) • 1 bottle proof whisky • juice of 1 lime • juice of 1 lemon (1 lime & 1 lemon for garnish)

Boil water and add to Sloane Tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. Pour into a large pitcher, along with the sugar and the ice. As the ice melts, juice one lemon and one lime and then slice the other two for garnish. Loosely muddle the mint leaves in a glass or bowl. Into the pitcher of now-sweetened tea, stir in the proof whisky, lemon & lime juices and mint. When ready to serve, fill pitcher with ice and citrus slices. Serve over ice with extra mint, citrus slices or sprigs of rosemary. (Adjust sweetness to taste)

We recently met with the owners of Sloane Tea in Toronto and we are already working on a series of cocktails made with the teas. Its pretty packaging and great flavours make it a perfect gift for mom.
At Sloane, we are an alliance of Fine Tea Merchants of premium specialty teas sourced directly from point-of-origin. We are the exclusive distributors in North America for the guild of gardens we represent, the most prized estate of which has been producing tea since 1899. The stunning packaging, the taste of our teas, the beauty of its colour in your cup, and the enticing fragrance combine old-world charm and gentility into an affordable luxury beloved by gourmet food consumers and specialty gift collectors. We are certified tea sommeliers, professional chefs, culinary educators, restauranteurs, and lovers of tea – a community of friends stewarding tea as gastronomy … we are Sloane! Visit their website to get an idea of  their great range in flavours, their recipes and beautiful photos with Bicyclette (

If you are looking for something different to do with mom, start out taking her for brunch at the Gladstone Hotel and then visit the Gladstone FleaA curated monthly marketplace, without the itch. The Gladstone Flea ain’t your conventional flea market. It’s a curated monthly marketplace that will be appearing at the Gladstone once a month on a Sunday (May 10th, June 7th, July 12th and August 16th). If you’re the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles? The Gladstone Hotel teams up with notable fashion and lifestyle aficionados to jury an organized, handpicked, marketplace. Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more.
The Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. This month we’ve teamed up with Casie Stewart and April Wozny. (

You may also drop into the AGO for the last weekend of Basquiat and for the Emily Carr Exhibit.

Another great place to impress your mom is the newish French Bistro and Boulanger, Cluny Bistro at the Distillery. Its beautiful space would make the perfect spot for a drawn out brunch on a Sunday morning. (

Happy Mother’s Day!

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