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Did you know that the Caesar is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada? It was first invented in 1969 in Calgary, and has since become a widely-consumed drink in Canada. Walter Caesar is well-known for their all-natural craft Caesar mixes, giving Canadian the opportunity to create Caesar drinks at home. They recently released their Walter Craft Caesar Rim to complement their line of mixes. Like their award-winning mixes, the rim is also an all-natural, free of preservatives, gluten-free and contains no added MSG or artificial colours.




The Christmas Classic Recipe #nice

Ingredients:

1 oz vodka
4 oz Walter Craft Caesar Mix - Mild Spice
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot sauce squeeze fresh lemon juice
1 sprig rosemary

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rim: lemon juice, Walter Craft Caesar Rim
garnish: charcuterie, tomato, bocconcin

Instructions:

rim glass, muddle vodka and 1 sprig of rosemary ripped into 1 pieces, fill with ice, add remaining ingredients, garnish and enjoy



Earlier last week, I received a package from Walter Caesar containing the Classic Spice Walter, which has grated horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a few select spices, sea salt & cracked black pepper. Classic Caesars are often mixed with vodka, Worcestershire sauce and spices. However, you are free to add additional garnishes like celery, bacon, and lobster tail.

Just today, I cracked open the bottle and made some Caesars. The drinks were made with vodka, a bit of bacon bits on the bottom, and topped with the new Walter Craft Caesar Rim. What a delicious blend!



What about the rim? Walter Craft Caesar Rim is proudly made in Canada in small batches with flaked salt, organic cane sugar, cracked black pepper and a secret blend of herbs and spices. The result is a rim that provides a nice balance of salty, sweet and umami. The craft Caesar rim is designed to be the perfect complement of exceptional taste, and pairs well with both flavours of Walter Craft Caesar Mix.


Wintertime #naughty

Ingredients:

2 oz Canadian whiskey
4 oz Walter Craft Caesar Mix - Classic Spice
1 tsp maple syrup
4 dashes hot sauce
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
squeeze lemon juice

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rim: dip glass in maple syrup,Walter Craft Caesar Rim
garnish: lime wedge, fresh cucumber

Instructions:

rim glass, fill with ice, add whisky, Walter Craft Caesar Mix, remaining ingredients, garnish and enjoy





Walter Craft Caesar Rim is available in both major grocery stores and many independent retailers across Canada and retails for approximately $4.99. Walter Craft Caesar Mix is available in all major grocery stores across Canada and comes in a 946 ml format in both Classic Spice and Mild Spice and retails for approximately $7.99.


Disclaimer: The products provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Walter Craft Caesar Rim

by on Friday, December 22, 2017
Did you know that the Caesar is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada? It was first invented in 1969 in Calgary, and has sinc...
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery for a 24 hour getaway. A small group of writers and food bloggers were whisked off to Niagara-On-The-Lake, where we enjoyed a tour of the Wayne Gretzky Estates' distillery and restaurant.



The Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery is a great destination for wine and whisky enthusiasts, but is also a fun learning experience for those who are newer to wine and whisky. The 23,000 square feet facility was designed by award-winning architect Gren Weis, who integrated rural context with contemporary designs. Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery includes a winery, distillery, tasting areas, retail store and hospitality spaces, and barrel cellar. Given the amount of available land, it was a very spacious facility. I have been to Niagara-on-the-Lake on several occasions, and I can definitely see why the city was chosen specifically for the permanent home of the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery. The region has a rich history in wine excellence, the growth in wine tourism in the area and Wayne’s personal connection to Southern Ontario.
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Our first stop was to Queen’s Landing, a four-star hotel in Niagara-On-The-Lake, for a one-night stay. The hotel room was spacious with a Queen-sized bed, study table, couch and various amenities. I didn’t get to enjoy the hotel room as much, as after settling into our individual hotel rooms, everyone met in the lobby to board the bus to the Wayne Gretzky Estates to start the afternoon.  





There, we were greeted by resident mixologist, Zachary Kvas, who enthusiastically took us through a cocktail demonstration. His cocktail contained cinnamon, star anais whisky, and pumpkin syrup with Dillon’s Bitters. Afterwards, we followed him into a tasting room where we crafted our own signature cocktail using the provided ingredients and tools. We learned the importance of balancing the strength of the alcohol by adding a variety of different notes to the drink.



Our night continued with a Wine vs. Whisky dinner, which was held in their VIP Club Lounge. The dinner space overlooked the amazing views of the bar and vineyards. We were served a three course meal paired with wine and whisky that complemented each dish.


The first course was the Fall Minestrone Soup - spiced cheese straw, house prosciutto fresh mozzarella paired with Wayne Gretzky Estate Chardonnay 2013 and Indiana Jones and the Fennel of Doom.



Next up was the Ontario Lamb - whisky caramel pecan crusted lamb shank, grilled lamb sirloin, and merguez sausage and wine red cabbage with white bean and chorizo cassoulet, and fall heirloom carrots paired with Wayne Gretzky Estate Red 2015 and My-Mint of the Lambs.




The last course was dessert, which took place outside at the bar patio (near the 99 ice rink). There, we were treated to Gretzky Creamed Whisky Cheesecake Bar - caramel popcorn, dark chocolate, and toffee pear paired with Wayne Gretzky Estate Vidal Icewine 2016 and Wayne Gretzky Creamed Whisky.






The next morning, we headed to Trius, the winery on-site. Split into two teams, we went about checking the facility. The team I was on started off above ground, as we checked out how they ferment the grapes in wooden barrels. The second half of the activity introduced us to Craig McDonald (lead winemaker), who provided us with some of the younger white wines for tasting. The hands-on experience was a lot of fun, as we dwell into the art of wine-marking. Interestingly enough, the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery's existing production facilities allow for the production of 313,000 cases of wines and 12,000 cases of craft spirits.





After the winery, we went back inside for breakfast. Breakfast was served buffet style, and there was a mixture of different foods such as house baked carrot muffins, granola, cow’s milk yoghurt, fresh strawberries, house made pork sausages, and ice wine cured and smoked salmon.



The day continued, and we jet off to meet up with Joshua Beach, the resident master distiller. Joshua Beach studied at Heriot Watt in Scotland, where he completed his MSc in Brewing and Distilling at one of the best schools in the world. We got a mini tour of the facility, and then it was off to the tasting room, where we got a taste of various flights.




Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery's design celebrates the rural landscape of Niagara with immense glass walls, light metal roof, stained wood siding and a mixture of concrete/stone interventions. Wayne Gretzky wines celebrate excellence in winemaking across our country, and they have great pride in their products. The wines are produced from the finest grapes developed by some of the greatest winemakers in the country.

Prior to our departure from the Niagara-On-The-Lake region, we were generously gifted with a gift box containing a bunch of Wayne Gretzky wines products including their newest product, Wayne Gretzky No 99 ‘Red Cask’ Canadian Whisky. It’s a whisky finished in red wine casks from the Gretzky winery. I had an amazing 24 hours, and thank you so much to Lori and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery for hosting. 


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Disclaimer: The event provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.



I had the pleasure of checking out Moxie’s Hard Lemonade Pop-Up at the 9th Wine & Spirit Festival this past weekend. The two-day event (presented by Sobeys) officially kicked off the summer season, and Moxie's Grill & Bar was part of the fun. If you missed out on their hard lemonade at the festival, don't fret! Moxie’s Hard Lemonade Pop-Up Patio will be popping up at select events in the GTA between June 16th to July 15th, 2017.


The idea was inspired by Moxie’s thirst quenching, crafted house-made hard lemonade (available in the restaurants). Since it's summer and everyone will be out and about, Moxie's Grill & Bar wanted consumers to quench their thirst with some refreshing lemonade this summer, and came up with the patio. The patio is custom designed with an adult lemonade bar, bright yellow lounge sitting and fitted with a large patio umbrella. Great place to socialize with friends, and hide out from the hot sun.

Moxie's will be making an appearance at the upcoming Dragon Boat Race in September 2017. However, that's a few months away! If you can't wait to check them out then, they will also be at the following upcoming pop-ups.

1) June 24th - Port credit Yacht Club as part of the Toronto Area Hospice Regatta from 2 pm to 6pm. The event is put on by the Port Credit Yacht Club to raise funds for a great cause.

·         2) July 15th - In the beer garden of the GWN sports Regatta at Marylin Bell Park from 11 am to 6 pm serving our Moxie’s Hard Lemonade




Join me for some hard lemonade at one of the pop-up events this summer. The lemonade is handcrafted, and made-to-order to ensure that you cool down with every sip. The lemons are hand-squeezed, mixed with soda, and topped off with Tito’s Handmade Vodka over ice. Patio season has never been so freshly squeezed!

Check out their hashtag #squeezesummerhard for more pictures.


GIVEAWAY ALERT:

I will be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram this Monday (June 26) at 12 pm, where I will be giving away a $150 gift card to any Moxie's Grill & Bar location in Canada. So don't forget to check it out =)

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Moxie's Grill & Bar. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


Guinness originated in Dublin, Ireland, and has since grown to become one of the most successful beer brands in the world. It is estimated that over 10 million glasses of Guinness beer are enjoyed by people daily around the world, and 1.8 billion pints are sold every year. The Guinness Blonde American Lager is brought to you by the makers of the iconic Guinness Stout. The new beer is rather different from their stout beers, as it uses the properties of American hops and Guinness’ world famous 125-year-old Guinness yeast. I was invited to attend the official Toronto launch of the Guinness Blonde American Lager, and was treated to a tasting of the new beer. The event was held at one of Toronto’s newest lounges in the city, The Addisons Residence. This was a great space to launch the latest addition to the Guinness family, as it was both spacious, and trendy. It should also be noted that The Food Dudes are the official food partners of The Addisons, and provided the hors d'oeuvres that guests got to sample that night with their beer.

 
According to Joel Mallard, Marketing Director for Beer, Wine and PABs at Diageo Canada, “From sports bars to backyard barbeques to trendy bars, Guinness® Blonde™ American Lager brings the taste, colour and character of great American beers and fuses them with the heritage and artistry of the Guinness tradition begun in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.” The lager is one of the preferred styles in America, but it has continued to gain favour among beer drinkers in Canada in recent years. So, I can definitely see why Guinness expanded its market to target lager drinkers here. 

To create a distinct taste in American lagers; Guinness Master Brewers in Dublin collaborated with the brewing experts in the United States. The flavour profile of the new Guinness Blonde American Lager is a combination of Mosaic, Willamette and Mount Hood hops.The new beer shows that Guinness has the ability to go beyond what they're mainly known for, which is the traditional dark stout of their original Guinness. 



The Guinness Blonde American Lager pours a rich golden-yellow color, and has a lower level of carbonation, as the head dissipates fairly quickly. The beer has a slight sweet citrus taste with a light yet lively palate that is crisp and refreshing. Overall, it was an enjoyable lager that was perfectly balanced, and the combination of Mosaic, Willamette and Mount Hood hops show through in the aroma, and mouth-feel. Additionally, the Guinness Blonde American Lager is the first of the new Guinness Brewers Project, that will feature an array of beers that will be crafted with different brewing styles and techniques. You can definitely expect newer beers under the Guinness brand in the future. 

Guinness® Blonde™ American Lager is now available in all LCBO, and bars across Ontario. They're sold in 473ml single cans with a suggested retail price of $2.55. Go, and enjoy one today!

 


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Guinness® Blonde™ American Lager is the first edition in the brand’s new Brewers Project. Celebrating GUINNESS’ artistry and brewing tradition, the GUINNESS Brewers Project is a range of ’fusion brew’ beers combining more than 255 years of European brewing expertise with global brewing experience in 55 countries. This series of beers offers more style, taste, and flavour to beer drinkers in Canada.  
 

Appearance: The dense head and foam formation settle into a golden amber coloured beer
Ingredients: Unique GUINNESS yeast, crystal malt, Mosaic Hops, Willamette Hops, Mount Hood Hops. Contains no GMO, additives or isinglass.
ABV: 5% ABV 
Format:  473ml single cans (and 24 pack) in Ontario
Serve: best enjoyed cold and straight from the can or served in a 16 oz. Guinness branded glass










** Photographs provided courtesy of Guinness **

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Disclaimer: The alcohol, and food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.