5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links - March 19This week’s drink links include a look at the Top 10 Cocktails in Toronto, Buffalo Trace’s quest for the perfect bourbon, Irish Whiskey drinks, a fun jelly shot recipes for St. Patrick’s Day and the winner of the Cocktail World Cup.

Cheers until next time.

1 / The 10 Best Cocktails in Toronto
NOW Weekly searched the cities best bars to find http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=179442“>Toronto’s tastiest mixes. From the Log Cabin at The Comrade to The Mad Man at Bar Chef, here are the best cocktails in Toronto, and the bartenders behind them.

2 / The Quest for the Perfect Bourbon
The folks at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankford, KY aren’t just sitting back on their laurels. For the past 20 years they have been working on Project Holy Grail, in a quest to unearth the variables in whiskey making and chemical makeup to produce the “perfect” whiskey.

3 / Toasting St. Patrick with Irish Whiskeys
You don’t have to limit yourself to green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. This Globe & Mail story features several cocktails featuring Irish Whiskey picked from the Complete Home Bartender’s Guide, a staple of the Madtini cocktail book library.

4 / Lucky-tini Jelly Shot
What could be more fun that a delicious green cocktail this St. Patrick’s Day? How about that same cocktail as a Jelly Shot? Jellyshot Test Kitchen is serving up a recipe for a Lucky-tini Jelly Shot using vodka and Midori watermelon liqueur.

5 / Italians Wins Cocktail World Cup
Team Italy bested six other crews of bartenders to take the title at the 42BELOW Cocktail Word Cup last weekend in Queenstown, New Zealand. Their drink the Elixir of Love, a mix of pineapple, lavender vodka, limoncello, raspberry liqueur and Fernet Branca helped them win the finale and the title.

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5 image in collage by Leo Reynolds used under CC license.

The Irish Canadian Old Fashioned

Irish Canadian Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of bitters
  • juice from half a lemon
  • twist or orange

Combine the maple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass, stir until well combined. Fill 2/3 of the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon over the ice. Pour in Jameson and garnish with a twist or orange.

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The Irish Dreamsicle

Irish DreamsicleIngredients

  • 1 oz Jameson
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • orange slice

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Adapted from a recipe at The Province.

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The Irish Manhattan

Irish Manhattan

Slàinte, and have a great St. Paddy’s Day!


  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 can Guinness
  • Maraschino cherry

Combine the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass.  Fill the glass 2/3 of the way full with ice. Stir for15-20 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour a can of Guinness into a tall glass and allow to settle. Gently scoop all the light foam from the top of the Guinness and place it on top of the drink. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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The Irish Milkshake

Irish MilkshakeThis spiked shake would go perfect with your Guinness Burger, and its simple enough to make at home for your St. Patrick’s Day gathering.

Slàinte, and have a great St. Paddy’s Day!


  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3 oz Guinness
  • 1 oz Jameson
  • Chocolate syrup

Combine Guinness, Jameson and ice cream in a blender until well mixed together, not all blenders will work the same which is why you can read the vitamix 5200 vs 5300 review here to know which one is the best and why. Drizzle the inside of a chilled glass with the chocolate syrup, then pour in the ice cream mixture. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Adapted from the menu at 25 Degrees in Hollywood.

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