Inspired by the growing “gindustry” overseas, the Reid family opened Reid’s Distillery in Toronto as a way to bring handcrafted, world-class gin to the city. We decided to beat the summer heat with three Canadian-inspired cocktails using Reid’s signature gin, along with local ingredients such as blueberries, elderberries, and cattail hearts from Forbes Wild Foods Inc.
Elderflower Gin & Tonic
Ingredients: 1.5-2 oz Reid’s Gin 2 oz Fever Tree tonic water 1 oz cold brew elderflower tea Elderberries for garnish Ice
Directions: Place Elderberries in a highball glass and muddle. Add ice, pour gin, and top with Fever Tree tonic water.
Cat Tail Martini
Ingredients: 2 oz Reid’s Gin ¼ oz dry vermouth 1 pickled cattail heart, unrolled with knife (from Forbes Wild Foods Inc.) 1 oz pickled cattail brine Ice
Directions: Pour gin, vermouth, and pickled cattail brine into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an unrolled picked cattail heart.
Earl Grey Blueberry Sparkler
Ingredients: 1 oz Reid’s Gin ¾ blueberry liquor ¼ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ earl grey simple syrup 2 oz sparkling wine (chilled) Wild blueberries Ice
Directions: Pour gin, blueberry liqueur, lemon juice and earl grey simple syrup into a shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with blueberries.
Earl Grey Simple Syrup Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 1 bag of earl grey tea
Directions: 1. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. 2. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 3. Let cool to 70°F/21°C then pour into a mason jar with the tea bag. Leave over night. 4. Remove tea bag. Keeps refrigerated for 30 days.
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About Reid’s Distillery
Aside from being an active gin distillery, Reid’s Distillery also offers their beautiful space at 32 Logan Avenue as a private event venue. It includes a long sweeping bar, plenty of greenery, and plush furniture that will make you feel right at home. Perfect for corporate meetings and social celebrations, Reid’s Distillery also hosts gin tastings that can be paired with a catered menu by Daniel et Daniel for the ultimate experience.
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