There are so many local foods that excite me in Guelph. Soon it’s time to harvest local Fiddleheads! Royal City Brewing Company released a perfectly lovely Berlinner Weisse this week – “No Sleep Till Berlin” – and of course the Farmers Market in Guelph gets me and my Coco up every Saturday morning at 6:30 to discover what’s new.
But as i prepare for summer i start thinking about Caesars – Canada’s version of ‘Merica’s Bloody Mary.
Dixon’s Distillery of Guelph makes a clever little vodka designed for the Caesar – their “Flaming Caesar Vodka”. With hints of celery salt, chili heat, and garlic – it makes a great Caesar. But hey, a picture says a thousand words – so here are 3.000 more that are easy to read.
I love the format dictionaries use for pronunciation. Like “Skeptical [skep-ti-kuh l]- inclined to scepticism; having an attitude of doubt.” skep-ti-kuh l. Amusing.
This past week i was contacted by a small company that makes premium vodka soda. SoCIAL LITE. I admit that my first thought was “I don’t want to drink Fresca and vodka”. However, i am willing to be wrong about stuff. Also, their story is a good one. The drink was developed while entertaining friends in their kitchen. While i like soda and i like vodka, what I don’t like is sweet “made for frosh events” drinks. I was skep-ti-kuh l.
There are two flavours of SoCIAL LITE vodka, Lime-Ginger and Lemon-Cucumber-Mint. I was a little ascared, as it poured like Fresca [i don’t know why i keep saying that because i actually like Fresca], but it was delicious, refreshing, not sweet at all, and subtle in it’s flavours. It is a perfect drink for an afternoon on the patio. The Lime-Ginger is available at the LCBO at $10 for four 355 mL cans [kans].
When I make my own gin I feel like a Renaissance man. And calling myself a Renaissance man means only one thing – that i’m pretty pleased with myself. Leonardo Da Vinci, considered the archetypical Renaissance man, and i have a lot in common. We’re both left handed, we both have long hair … maybe that’s all we have in common. But maybe he made gin. I’m going to add that as a new chapter to his Wikipedia page and see how long it stays up there.
Beautiful isn’t it? Juniper, citrus, coriander, cardamom in a triple filtered vodka.
So i was making this as a surprise for my daughter M’s next visit. Then i was so pleased with this gin recipe that i posted a video of it on Facebook – completely overlooking the face that M and I are friends on Facebook. Tben i get a text from M – “making gin”. Then i put it all together – you can’t surprise somebody with an invention if you post it all over the internet. I bet DaVinci never had this problem with his daughter. Maybe he wasn’t facebook friends with her. That’s sad.
How interesting that the week after I get back from my first visit to Tennessee – the moonshine mecca of the world – I find a distillery open in my home town! [maybe I’ll let you be the judge of how interesting that is – read on]
The people at Dixon’s Distillery have been building and distilling for over a year and just opened up their doors to help with public consumption this August. I didn’t even know Guelph needed a craft distillery until we got one. Thanks to mayor Cam Guthrie for ending prohibition so early in his term.
As one who dabbles in his own dark magic – converting cheap American vodka into premium gin – I am always keen to chat it up with fellow elixir makers and sample their potions – so i had a great time with co-owner Vicky Dixon, chatting up the finer points of distilling. Finer points like how to put some of that into my glass so that i can taste it.
White lightning, vodka, and gin is what they make from locally sourced grains and water. Finally a healthy use for water. They even age some of the moonshine with an oak spiral in the bottle to give it a bourbon character.
I have the unaged moonshine in my freezer right now because I like drinking it cold. I really like that i can taste the grains through the alcohol – more so than any spirit I’ve had before. Straight up it makes a fine martini.
You can pick up a bottle of your own for under $40 at the distillery. It’s worth a visit and a much shorter drive than to Tennessee.