Popular Cocktails in Toronto

You can get your hands on a lot of interesting drinks if you visit Toronto, especially cocktails, and even tweak some recipes to make your own original drink.  If you aren't able to visit Toronto, you can easily make some of these drinks at home.


#1 Pina Colada - This is my all-time favorite drink.  Whenever I eat out at a restaurant in Toronto, I always order this cocktail, regardless of whatever dish I'm having for dinner.  In order to make your own Pina Colada, you will need crushed ice, an equal amount of coconut cream and pineapple juice, crushed pineapples (optional), and rum (add as much as you like, but 1-2 shots is usually sufficient).   In my opinion, this drink tastes even better if you add whipped cream, but it isn't absolutely necessary.


#2 Irish Coffee - My second favorite drink.  This is even easier to make as all it requires is hot coffee, a shot or two of whiskey, and whipped cream.  (Vanilla ice cream is a good substitute if you don't have whipped cream.)  Just pour the shot of whiskey into the coffee and top it with the whipped cream and enjoy!  You get a good dose of caffeine along with some liquid energy to keep you warm on a cold winter's night.


#3. Bloody Lobster - I have never tried this but liked the sound of it, so I added it to the list.   You'll need quite a few ingredients if you want to make it, like a lobster thorax, vegetable juice, mashed tomatoes, onions, carrots, thyme and peppercorns.  If you find a good recipe and do give it a try, let me know how it turned out!


#4 Ginger Rum Shandy - I've had a Shandy before, but never a Ginger Rum Shandy, so this sounds like it's worth sampling.  You'll need fresh ginger for it, rum, lime, sugar, apple juice, and beer, as well as grated ginger and apple slices for garnishing.  The freshly cut ginger and sugar needs to be cooked in a pot with water for 15-20 minutes, so it might take a bit more preparation than most people are willing to put into it.


#5 Bimini - These are really popular in most restaurants and bars in Toronto.  This is another simple cocktail that you can make at home if you have gin, creme de cacao, and fresh cream.  My sister drinks these all the time so they must be good.


#6 Mint Julip - I just like the name of this cocktail.  It sounds cute and refreshing at the same time.   You'll need fresh mint leaves to bruise in order to make it, along with bourbon, sugar, and crushed ice.  I have no idea how it tastes, but I'd imagine that the mint flavor is probably fairly strong.


~ Samantha