An American in Canada

Photo by Susan Whitney. Vintage coupe by Peg Leg Vintage.

An American in Canada

1.5 oz Four Roses Yellow Bourbon
0.75 oz Neige Apple Ice Wine
0.75 oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur
0.5 oz lime juice
1.5 tsp maple syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

No garnish.

Recent events have many Americans wondering what the hell happened to the country they love and thought they knew. Is Trump just some guy America hooked up with after a bender? Will she wake up bleary eyed on some future tomorrow and think, Man, was I really that fucked up last night ? Or will she marry him? Jesus. Just think of the holiday dinners.

Few events in our history have made Canada so appealing to so many Americans. And don’t get us started on Justin Trudeau {mee-ow} and universal healthcare. When it comes to fight or flight, I’m more of a fighter, but this drink is for those who know how to get when the gettin’s good.

Four Roses Bourbon symbolizes our migrant American who embraces Canada’s Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, Neige Apple Ice Wine and maple syrup. Add some lime juice and Peychaud’s Bitters, and you’ve got the foundation for a beautiful naturalization.

Stirrings started in Massachusetts and made its name with a line of popular drink mixers and condiments, but its refined Ginger Liqueur is made in Canada. {Thanks, NAFTA!} It has all the warmth and spice you could want in a cocktail at a lower price than Domaine de Canton.

Neige Apple Ice Wine is a new discovery for me, and I’m geeking out over it. Think of someone turning the most delicious apples you’ve ever tasted into a sauternes-like wine. It’s tart, has a sweetness tempered by the taste of apple skins, and begs to be paired with a hunk of Stilton. I’m weak in the knees just thinking about it, or maybe I thought of Justin Trudeau again. No matter. Point is, it’s exciting stuff, so get your hands on some if you can. I found a bottle at my local specialty liquor store because I’m lucky like that.

When your shaker looks like this, your cocktail is ready. Photo by Susan Whitney.

Once you’ve lined up your ingredients, build your cocktail in a shaker filled with ice. Start with your lime juice, maple syrup and bitters, then add the Neige, Stirrings Ginger and bourbon. Cap it and shake hard for about 30 seconds. You should have a fine layer of frost on your shaker when you’re done. Now strain it into a chilled coupe and toast to the America you believe in.



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