Sip on These Northern Ontario-Inspired Party Perfect Cocktails

The holidays are a time for celebration and enjoying the company of loved ones. If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party in Northern Ontario, why not serve some cocktails that are inspired by the region?

The “Northern Comfort” – This cozy and comforting cocktail is perfect for sipping on a cold winter’s night. To make this drink, combine 1.5 oz of whisky, 1 oz of apple cider, 0.5 oz of lemon juice, and 0.5 oz of honey in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a few apple slices for a touch of holiday warmth.

The “Moose on the Loose” – This tasty concoction pays homage to one of the region’s most iconic animals. To make this drink, combine 1.5 oz of Canadian whisky, 1 oz of cranberry juice, and 0.5 oz of lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and a couple of fresh cranberries for a touch of festive color.

The “Maple Old Fashioned” – This twist on the classic Old Fashioned uses maple syrup in place of the usual sugar to add a touch of Northern Ontario flavor. To make this drink, combine 2 oz of bourbon, 0.25 oz of maple syrup, and 2 dashes of bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well combined and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a strip of orange peel and a few Luxardo cherries for a touch of sweetness.

The “Pine Martini” – This refreshing drink combines the flavors of pine and citrus to create a crisp and invigorating cocktail. To make this drink, combine 1.5 oz of gin, 0.5 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of simple syrup, and a few drops of pine essential oil (or pine syrup) in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh pine and a twist of lime peel for a festive touch.

The “Sugar Bush Sour” – This tangy and sweet cocktail is inspired by the maple syrup production that takes place in Northern Ontario. To make this drink, combine 1.5 oz of whisky, 1 oz of maple syrup, 0.5 oz of lemon juice, and 0.5 oz of egg white in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few drops of bitters and a slice of lemon for a touch of sourness.

The “Black Bear Mojito” – This refreshing and tasty cocktail is inspired by the black bears that roam the forests of Northern Ontario. To make this drink, combine 1.5 oz of rum, 1 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of simple syrup, and a few mint leaves in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of lime for a touch of citrus.

No matter which cocktail you choose to serve at your holiday party, these Northern Ontario-inspired drinks are sure to be a hit with your guests. So why not mix up a few and enjoy the festive season in style? Cheers!