Let The Summer Cocktails Begin!

I kicked off the summer right this past weekend with my best friends, a signature cocktail and then hitting up The Toronto Drinks Show.

It was a beautiful evening to have the patio doors open and mix up a delicious cocktail for everyone to start off the night. I was given a bottle of the new Skyy Infusions All Natural Ginger Vodka this week and it was the perfect time to mix up something special.  We created the Prosecco Ginger Ale that we sipped on as we all got ready to enjoy a night of new and exciting cocktails at The Drink Show.

Prosecco Ginger Ale

In a Champagne flute, add 1 once Skyy Infusions All Natural Ginger Vodka, a splash of soda, top with prosecco and garnish with a lemon peel.

The girls were looking hot and the boys were looking spiffy – it was time to head out to The Drinks Show. I live in Ossington Village so we were able to walk to the show because it was at 99 Sudbury this year.  What an amazing venue for the event, I hope it’s there next year too! We walked up to the red carpet, got our passes and strolled right into the party. It was bustling with lots of well dressed people and loud music.

There were booths featuring a specific liquor that lined each wall – first stop was to the Sobieski Vodka booth. Here I sampled my FAV favorite drink of the night, it was called Summer Crush.

Summer Crush

Sobieski Vodka shaken with crushed watermelon and coconut water, garnish with a lime wedge

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 1/4 cup chopped watermelon, 1/2 oz. lemon sour and 3 oz. coconut water. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

We walked around the large room, tasted some amazing cocktails and checked out the men making them (oh la la).  I chatted with a few of the mixologists, some were really nice and others seems like they didn’t want to be there at all. When I asked one of the guys where he currently worked he told me he didn’t even work in a bar, that he was in advertising and just took this as a job. I was disappointed to hear this since I was looking forward to writing about some of the bars you could go out to in Toronto to meet these mixologists and have them whip you up a tasty drink. It’s OK though the attendees of the show were giving a book of all the drink recipes from the night, looks like we can be our own mixologists now!

Another cocktail I really enjoyed was from Crown Royal who we found in the second room, yes there were two large rooms filled with hot people and cold drinks – it was great! This cocktail was called Mint Divine.

Mint Divine

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/2 oz. Crown Royal, 5 mint leaves, torn, and 5 oz. lemonade. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Sprinkle with some blueberries and garnish with a mint sprig.

I also tasted my least favorite drink in the second room from Taboo Genuine Absinthe. It was a strong one and not that Im opposed to strong drinks but this one was just really gross. It was call Revolution and by all means give it a go yourself.

Revolution

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz. Taboo Genuine Absinthe and top with San Pelligrino Limonata. Garnish with a lime wedge.

I enjoyed my night at The Drinks Show this year and I’m already looking forward to next year. It was a great place to try out different liquors and spirits that you may want to try but aren’t ready to commit to a full bottle yet. It was social and the music was great, they gave away prizes and everything was very organized. The Drink Show was definitely the place to be last weekend!

 

Thanks Guys!

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. AvaDJ
    June 12, 2011

    I love the sound of that Summer Crush, so refreshing and it looks like you all had an absolute blast! We tried Absinthe this past Christmas, my hubby quite liked it. As for me…it just burned my mouth. I can pass on that one.

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    • Erin
      June 12, 2011

      The Summer Crush was awesome.. super refreshing and light. You must try it!! Thanks so much for the comment and yes we all had a lot of fun! x Hah the Absinth was gross.. to be honest I almost threw up a little once it hit my lips.. hah yah i know. yuk.

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