To celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday I’m craving something sweet, a celebratory drink that brings me as much comfort and joy as my Canadian citizenship does. Peering into our liquor cabinet, a bottle of Nova Scotia’s IRONWORKS, distilled from Annapolis Valley apples, catches my eye and I know exactly what needs to be done.
- 1 ounce vodka (IRONWORKS vodka can be substituted with other vodka but I can't promise it will provoke you to belt out the national anthem with the same amount of pride.)
- 1 ounce maple syrup (only the authentic, real mcCoy stuff here please)
- raw cane sugar to coat the mouth of the glass
- cocktail shaker
- martini glass
- Add ice to your cocktail shaker. Measure and add vodka and SHAKE. IT. OFF.
- Sprinkle some of that cane sugar on a small plate. Dip your finger in the maple syrup and lightly coat the outside mouth of the cocktail glass, turn it upside down and gently spin it in the sugar to create an even coating.
- One more shake of your cocktail for good luck and pour into your martini glass. Sip and Enjoy!
Yes, we are a friendly bunch here and fewer are more welcoming than Lynn and Pierre of the IRONWORKS Distillery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. If you have yet to experience the seaside village of Lunenburg, go, GO NOW. Your boss will understand. This is a staple in the true Canadian experience. Once you arrive, walk up the main stretch of Lincoln Street to the old blacksmith shop sitting on top of the hill. This is were some of Canada’s finest artisanal liquors are distilled — including this clean tasting vodka that offers a hint of apple flavour with a subtle butterscotch sweetness at the end. Truthfully, I could swoon over their vodka, Bluenose rum tributes and that rhubarb liquor *so yum* all day but I have a Maple Syrup Martini to tend to. So, for more information, ordering details and more insightful directions than “top of the hill”, check out ironworksdistillery.com.
♫ Oh! Maple Syrup Martini!
Our drink and dessert in one.
True patriot love in all thy drinking needs… ♫
No.. no.. no.. Let’s do this right, in the most appropriately Canadian way to sing our national anthem: as Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, on the ice of a hockey game and interchanging between english and french. Hats off, hands on hearts, people.
Happy Birthday, Canada! Stay awesome.
Celebrate wisely, friends. Have fun, be safe and look out for one another — that’s the Canadian way. xo
All of that cocktail shaking has probably worked up an appetite. May I suggest making The Ultimate Canadian Poutine with homemade sweet potato fries, peameal bacon and Quebec cheese curds drowned in hot maple syrup? You’re welcome.
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