Bar Cart Essential #1- Forty Creek Whisky6:00 am
Another favourite bartender of mine, Josh Lindley - co-creator of the outstanding Bartender Atlas, and also from The Harbord Room (I told you the place was spectacular) - gushed about Forty Creek Copper Pot, which he used in his "Centre of the Universe" cocktail. Calling it "probably the best Canadian Whisky you can buy for under $30 at the LCBO," I realized that I should get this onto my bar cart as quickly as possible.
It's here that I begin my new series - Bar Cart Essentials.
Whiskey is certainly an all year round drink, but it's real time to shine is right now, fall and winter. You don't have to mix up a hot whiskey cocktail - it warms you all on its own without you having to do a thing except pour.
Forty Creek Whisky started back in 1992 by John Hall, a former winemaker. Not only is it Ontario's first whisky distillery since 1939, it has gone on to win many awards. A blend of rye, barley and corn sprits are carefully aged in American bourbon and Canadian oak barrels.
That being said, this recipe is so good, so simple to make, I make an exception every now and again:
The Old Pal
1.5 oz. Forty Creek Barrel Select
0.75 oz. Campari
0.75 oz. Dry Vermouth
Stir all ingredients in a mixing jar over ice. Serve straight up in a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
The process is extensive: Rye, barley and corn spirits are distilled individually in a copper pot. Each one is then aged in white oak barrels for a minimum of three years. After years of separation, they're all brought together in matrimony to live happily ever after.
Clocking in at a heady 43% alc./vol., this full-bodied beauty begins with toffee, nuts and spice. Followed by dried stone fruits, a hit of spicy hot peppers builds with a hit of chocolate, and then bright, sweet citrus slips in, with a smooth yet still complex finish.
This is one helluva seductive whisky.
Want to mix it up? Get yourself a glass of this straightforward yet inviting cocktail:
- Forty Creek Spike Honey Spiced
Sweet, spicy, bold, and full, it takes you on one sweet ride. Especially when mixed into this cocktail that tempers the sweetness with a delicious melange ginger, citrus and bitters:
2 oz. Forty Creek Spike Honey Spiced Whisky
0.75 oz. lime juice
2 dashes of bitters
Topped with ginger beer
Build cocktails in Collins glass. Add ice and quick stir to mix ingredients. Garnish with lime zest.
p.s. Don't let the recipe making stop there. With Forty Creek, you can also whip up steak, wings, sorbet and ice cream. Drool.