Posts tagged Last Mountain Distillery
3 Twists on Canada's Favourite Cocktail: The Caesar

Is there anything more Canadian than sipping on a Caesar on a patio before any rational human being would consider patio season underway? 

If there is, then I haven’t come across it yet. 

As Canadians, we take pride in our own creations and the Caesar might be one of our most beloved creations. It’s hardly as important as say the Canada Arm or the telephone but without question, it’s one of our favourites. 

Vodka, clam, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lime, rimmer, garnish and a sprinkle of seasoning. There’s nothing else like it. It’s so Canadian that even most Americans don’t even know about it. 

While the classic is the classic for a reason, there are more ways than ever to spruce up your Caesar and try something new. 

For starters, the easiest way to give your Caesar a different taste is to switch up the liquor in the drink. Vodka is the most popular spirit in Caesar, mostly because it’s a pretty tame flavour that lets the other flavours shine while still giving you a boozy kick. 

However, you can also make Caesar’s with just about any other liquor you want. Adding whiskey, gin or tequila can help make one of your favourite hair of the dog drinks even better. Whiskey adds more of a smoky taste, gin adds a nice floral touch, and tequila complements the spicy and citrus notes. 

If you want to try something different but don’t want to stray too far from the original, then a flavoured vodka might be for you. 

One of the most popular flavoured vodka’s for Caesar’s is dill pickle. For obvious reasons, of course. Pickles are one of the most popular Caesar garnishes and pickle brine has often been added as an ingredient too. 

In Saskatchewan, we've gone so far as to make dill pickle vodka a thing. I'm pretty sure we can take bragging rights on being the first to do so too. There are a few local distillers that have experimented creating this pickley spirit including Last Mountain Distillery and Lucky Bastard.

Dill pickle may be the most obvious flavoured vodka to add to your Caesar but there are certainly other options such as spicy or citrusy vodkas. A sweet vodka might not work as well, but I guess you never know. 

Another easy way to put a twist on your Caesar is to try something different when it comes to the other ingredients like spices, rimmer, hot sauce or even something you've never tried in a Caesar before. 

At Happy Hour’s mixology section, we have all kinds of different things to take your cocktails to the next level including horseradish extract and Lucky Bastard’s bacon bitters. Some restaurants and bars use horseradish in their Caesars, so a couple drops of this could be the new flavour you’re looking for. And as for the bitters, who doesn’t love bacon? It’s sweet and smoky flavour works well with any classic Caesar recipe.

What are some of the different things you’ve tried in a Caesar? What’s worked? Maybe more importantly, what hasn’t? 

Guilt-Free Coolers: This Summer's Coolest Drink

March is here and that means that spring is just around the corner, even with the blast of snow we just got recently. 

As the temperatures start to warm up, what we like to drink tends to change a little bit as well. Attention turns from bold red wines, whisky, and rum to something a little lighter like beer and coolers. 

We’re all aware of the changes happening in the world of beer. I’ve beaten that horse more than anyone around here. The world of coolers is starting to change as well. The new trend is a cooler that isn’t loaded with sugar but still tastes good at the same time. 

While we can’t sit here and say that any alcoholic beverage is “good for you” the cooler doors at Happy Hour are starting to be filled with tasty options that are a little better for you. These sweet treats aren’t loaded with extra sugars and other ingredients to make them taste better. They’re just naturally delicious. For the most part, they’re simply vodka, carbonated water and some form of natural flavouring. 

Locally, Last Mountain Distillery has jumped on the low-sugar cooler with a growing selection of canned drinks to choose from. At Happy Hour, we’ve got their Lemon Vodka Soda and Sweet Tea Lemonade. The Lemon Vodka Soda is exactly what you think it is. While the Sweat Tea Lemonade is cool because it’s their famous sweet tea vodka mixed with Glow Juice lemonade. 

The newest addition to our cleaner cooler section is Social Lite. These coolers come in three different flavours: Pineapple Mango, Lime Ginger, and Lemon Cucumber Mint. These slim cans contain just 80 calories and my Fiancé tells me they're only two weight watchers points if you’re on that program. They are kind of funky as they pour clear out of the can but still pack a pretty good flavour. These are pretty new to the province too, it’s not even listed as available in Saskatchewan on their website! 

Lastly, we’ve added NUTRL Vodka, Soda, Lemon. On their website, NUTRL (a brand owned by Goodridge & Williams Distilling out of B.C.) claims that this drink isn’t even a cooler but a whole new category. No matter how you label it, if you want a straightforward beverage without all kinds of added sugars and sweeteners then this is another option. This drink is based on NUTRL’s vodka, which is made with 100% B.C. rye grain and is made to the highest of standards. There’s nothing complicated about this vodka, it’s straight to the point. 

We’re only scratching the surface of this new trend as we hope to expand our cleaner cooler section long before the dog days of summer arrive. 

What’s your favourite summertime drink?

Comment below and let us know! If we don’t have it, we just might have it in time for the warm days ahead. They’re coming, I promise.