The secret ingredient (eskerridge.com)
The secret ingredient (eskerridge.com)

Make a splash with a new drink

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The Johnny Canuck

This is an all-Canadian shooter recipe that involves our very own national delicacy: real maple syrup (NOT Aunt Jemima). So head to your local souvenir shop for some authentic syrup to get the most out of this one.

• ½ oz. Captain Morgan® Dark Rum

• ½ oz. Maple syrup

• ¼ oz. Crown Royal® Whiskey

Pour Captain Morgan® Dark Rum, Maple Syrup, and Crown Royal® Whiskey into a shot glass, in that order. Remember to heat up your syrup before adding it if you’re after that warm sensation whiskey and rum tend to give. This drink is a 1¼ oz. shooter, so the liquor-to-syrup ratio is at your discretion. The above measurements are just a suggestion to get you started. The initial kick should be followed by the warm, sweet aftertaste of the syrup, so play around with the sweet to bitter ratio until you find what works for your taste buds. Enjoy with a Beavertail or some ketchup chips for a thoroughly Canadian pre-drink.

The Belladonna 

This is a slightly less sweet variation of a ‘Porn Star’.  You can make it as a drop shot or a highball, depending on the pre-drink vibe you’re going for, but either way the Blue Curaçao looks awesome.

Drop Shot Option:

You will need:

• ¾  – 1 ¼ oz. tequila

• 1 oz. Blue Curaçao

• Ginger ale

Start by filling your shot glass with tequila—any kind will do—but you can never go wrong with Jose Cuervo® Gold. Next, fill a deep, preferably narrow, glass with 1 oz. of Blue Curacao and a splash of ginger ale (I pour for three seconds, but it’s up to you). Drop the tequila and cheers!

High Ball Option:

You will need:

• 1 oz. tequila

• Ginger ale

• ½ – 1 oz Blue Curaçao

• Grenadine (optional)

Start by pouring your ounce of tequila on ice in a highball glass (tall and narrow). Next, add ginger ale until the glass is almost full (leave about an inch of space at the top). Finally, pour in the Blue Curaçao and watch it trickle down. If you want to add a theatrical element to the mix, pour in a dash of Grenadine, and you’ll have yourself a purple cocktail.

To top it all off, run a cocktail pick (sword, umbrella, etc.) through a slice of orange, cherry, and lemon and rest it along the top. We call this an ‘All Dressed.’ Perfect for a classy night out.