What better on a hot (or cold) day than to come home from a stressful day and make a delicious cocktail. Whether it’s a Sazerac, Negroni, Boulevardier, or Old Fashioned, using quality tools to make your choice elixir with is key. I love beginning my cocktail hour with organizing my tools based on what I’m going to make. For my Negroni, I start by putting ice into my mixing glass. Measure out equal portions of Campari, Sweet Red Vermouth, and your favourite Gin. Stir till thoroughly mixed (30-45 seconds), strain into your favourite glass, and enjoy! If you are a bigger fan of whiskey than gin, swap the gin for your favourite bourbon, rye or Canadian whiskey.
Some recipes need to be shaken, rather than stirred. Purists of martini’s will loose in a debate with James Bond in the shaken versus stirred debate. But to each their own! I prefer an Old Cuban. Into your shaker add mint and give it a quick muddle. Then add 2 dashes of bitters, 2 ounces of rum, ¾ of an ounce of lime juice. Shake this over ice for a good 30-45 seconds or until your muscles are sore. Strain into your glass, keeping as much of the mint out as possible then top with champagne.