St Germain has been kind enough to throw after-parties at Tales of the Cocktail this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and I have been kind enough to guest bartend on the Friday night party. The theme of the soiree is Bartenders of the World, and as such they have commissioned bartenders from Japan, Australia, South Africa, France, Italy, Mexico, England, and of course, Canada (that’s me).
We were asked to come up with a cocktail recipe that best exemplifies our country, and after much scratching of the head, and no desire to work with the much clichéd maple syrup (besides, St. Germain must be an ingredient, and I like to go easy on the sweeteners), I came up with a drink that had rye (OK, maybe most Canadian whiskey is lacking rye, but once upon a time it was plentiful, and there are some Canadian rye whiskeys) as well as eau-de-vie for ingredients. Many people aren’t aware that Canada makes some sensational, award winning eau-de-vies (we do have orchards you know) and what better time to tell the world of our bounty than when I’m half-cut, and slopping drinks for other, fully-cut, bartenders.
Without further ado, the:
1 ½ oz rye
½ oz Pear Eau-de-vie
½ oz St. Germain Elderflower
1 healthy dash Angostura bitters
stir all over ice
strain into a chilled cocktail glass
I’ve named this cocktail after the Christopher Dunkin who, in 1864, introduced into Canadian law a temperance act named after him. Unlike the Volstead Act of the United States, the Dunkin Act was all gums, as it only permitted each county to vote to prohibit the sale of alcohol within its borders (consumption was still A-OK). In 1878 this gave way to the Scott Act, which had a few more teeth, but as we Canadians are much more civilized when it comes to nasty things like Prohibition, the country was never completely dry for more than a year, and in reality, even that was mainly because of the Great War and not our “morals”. I also find it fitting that it was my birth province, Quebec, that was the first to end Prohibition (in Canada, each province got to vote whether it wanted to be dry: ain’t democracy a lovely thing?)
There you have it: I’ll see you at the St. Germain suite!
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