Better ingredients, better pizza...oh wait, sorry, that’s Papa John's Pizza slogan.
When it comes to cocktails, the idea is the same. The better stuff is going to give you a better drink. Whether you’re simply making a rum and coke, a Caesar or something more complex, higher quality ingredients are always going to make a better drink. That’s true for both mix and alcohol (we’ll get into the latter next week).
We’ll start with what is probably considered Canada’s favourite cocktail, the mighty Caesar.
Most of us are content on grabbing on a bottle of the standard clam, or maybe a flavoured one if we really feel like mixing it up and all of the other necessary ingredients and get to work. There’s nothing wrong with that, but in recent years, the options available to Caesar lovers have never been better. Not only have major producers, like French’s come up with their own alternatives but so have smaller players.
At Happy Hour, we proudly stock Walter Craft Caesar Mix. What makes Walter’s special is their all-natural recipe, no MSG, and no added corn syrups. Many of these ingredients are found in some of the major alternatives. Their mix is made in small batches and is also Ocean Wise recommended. The added benefit? Everything is already included in the bottle. No need to add any Worcestershire sauce or any other spices, unless, you like your Caesar really spicy.
If a gin and tonic is more up your alley, fret not, we got your back. Not only have we grown our gin selection considerably, but we offer up a wide variety of tonics to spruce up this old English classic.
Currently, we stock a few different varieties of Fever-Tree Tonic including their Elderflower, Premium Indian and Mediterranean Tonic. Like Walter’s, Fever-Tree believes in only offering the best, naturally-sourced ingredients in their bottles. Fever-Tree launched in 2005 and was named after the Cinchona Tree's nickname, "Fever Tree" that produces a key ingredient in tonic called quinine. The best quinine is found near the Rwanda/Congo border.
Whisky or rum lover? There are options for you too. Most notably the Fentimans Curiosity Cola and the Bruce Cost Ginger Ale. Both of these classic soft drinks take on a different twist for a taste that cannot be missed.
The options to reinvent the taste of classic cocktails don’t end with what’s been mentioned in this blog. We have an entire mixology section filled with all kinds of different craft products to help take your home bartending game to the next level. If you need it, we got it. If we don’t, we can probably get our hands on it for you.
The second half of the perfect cocktail? The booze. Check back next time as I delve into some of the new, different spirits available to make your favourite drink even better.