Thursday, July 03, 2014

Choose Your Own Rum Adventure


The Very Last Excuse to Drink. Thanks to everyone at The Grid for brilliant design, editorial and overall pluck.

Monday, June 09, 2014


Pleased as Punch over at The Grid. Definitely one of the most beautiful drinks in Toronto - The Flowing Bowl at Byblos.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


A brief note to add to this story on tequila. The Dulce Vida Anejo is running low at the LCBO - under 100 bottles. That said, there's plenty of Blanco to go around, since it's general list. In addition, we mentioned the Tromba Reposado, but failed to plug their recently released Anejo. Get hoarding!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Clamming Up


Love the Bloody Caesar? Your bartender sure doesn’t. Patrons get a pass for ordering this labour-intensive cocktail at bleary brunch time, but requests made during dinner are generally met with behind-the-back eye-rolling. The reason for this animosity is one part laziness and one part snobbery. The Caesar is obvious, kind of tacky, and—if made with the commercial brands of clam-and-tomato juice—a big old mess of high-fructose corn syrup, sodium, and carbs. Sure, the Caesar may be a contender for our national drink, but craft cocktail–makers tend not to be moved by the patriotic spirit. Walter would like to change that.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Holiday Cocktails


Yes, it’s hard to accept that the sun now sets at 4 p.m., there’s frost on your windows, and Shoppers is playing “Here Comes Santa Claus” on a near-endless loop. You need something stiff and festive to make peace with this turn of events, so we surveyed the city’s top bars for 25 spirited winter cocktails. It’s the least we can do to bring you tidings of comfort and gin.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


How do you make a Sazerac without Sazerac? That’s the problem facing Toronto home-cocktail enthusiasts left waiting for the six-year-old spicy American rye to make it back onto LCBO shelves. They can, however, take a cue from local bartenders, who, undaunted by the shortage, have put their own spins on this simple classic. Read the rest here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


It’s not often I feel this way about a bar. And trust me, I’ve been to a few. I know I’m smitten, because I keep trying to think up reasons to casually drop by. I’m trying to keep it breezy, but if I show up any more often, I worry I might be accused of stalking the place. I am pretty much stalking the place. Jump to full article.