(original photo credit: Cameron Russell)
Alright everyone, here we go. We're off to the polls again. If you're in need of a good stiff drink to either steel your nerves or drown your sorrows, we're here to help.
We've recruited Oliver Stern to comfort you in cocktails throughout the election campaign. Oliver is the general manager and bartender of the Toronto Temperance Society, a private cocktail club in the heart of the city.
Each week, we'll take the pulse of the campaign trail and ask Oliver to distill those moments into a cocktail that best represents what happened.
This week, a cocktail inspired by a motion of non-confidence, and a lack of support for what the Opposition thought was a thin federal budget.
Here's Oliver Stern showing you how it's done. And the recipe's below.
Day 6 Campaign Cocktails: The Concession 75
Loosely based on the classic French 75 cocktail, this straightforward aperitif will help prepare you for the coming weeks, while keeping things simple and within budget.
2 oz. Standard brandy (something warm to comfort you)
1 oz. Lemon juice (in case you're bitter about this election)
1 oz. Simple syrup (for all that sweet talking you're certain to hear)
1 tsp Chambord (a little sweetener for the Opposition)
Cava or dry bubbly (a bare bones alternative to elitist champagne)
1 cheek Fresh lemon rind
Add brandy, lemon juice and syrup into a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake vigourously until very cold.
Double strain into a champagne flute.
Pour Cava to fill glass
Float Chambord over spoon; it won't rest on top, but will settle in the middle
Pinch lemon cheek over drink to release oils
Wipe rim with lemon
Drop lemon cheek in or discard
Do try this at home, and let us know what you think.
And feel free to offer up your own Campaign Cocktail suggestions!