Forget about spreading that jelly on your toast or flaky croissant at breakfast. It’s going in your cocktail. You see, breakfast cocktails are a new trend! At least in Glasgow, Scotland. But you can still try them in Canada and that’s a good thing.
I only know this through hearsay since I attended Toronto’s CHILL Ice House, Canada’s largest, permanent ice house opening a few weeks ago in Toronto and it was sponsored by Glenfiddich, the giant scotch brand. A couple of us started talking about cocktails, well, actually, we were drinking 15 year Scotch and some other delicious cocktails made with scotch and it sort of came up.
I’ve since looked into cocktails made with jams and there are plenty of spirits to make them with. I’d say jam cocktails would be perfect as a summer drink or even as a dessert, but if you prefer breakfast, go for it! Here is a DIY video tutorial I found on Youtube:
To make jam-based cocktails, here’s a simple guideline for a basic recipe: use two ounces of spirit to one ounce of fresh citrus juice with a half-tablespoon of jam. Tip: If the cocktail becomes too thick, add some soda water.
Here is a recipe for a cocktail you don’t have to enjoy in frigid temperatures courtesy of mixologist Danny Tait, head bartender at The Caledonian in Toronto. You only have to want to drink this for breakfast. Danny says he “found inspiration in the use of fine Scotch in cocktails from my homeland, Glasgow, Scotland.”
Breakfast cocktails, of which jams and marmalades are the key ingredient, are all the rage in Scotland’s burgeoning cocktail scene. Combining Scotland’s most famous export with ingredients that indulge the Scottish sweet-tooth produces some exciting and delicious results.
The Glenfiddich Morning Glory
- 1 ½ oz (45 mL) Glenfiddich
- 1 oz (30 mL) fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz (15 mL) apple syrup
- 1 egg white
- 2 tsp apple jelly
*Add whisky, lemon juice syrup and egg white, ice and apple jelly. Shake, strain ice, then shake again, strain. Serve rocks glass with lemon.
CHILL Ice House is cooler than cool, it’s ice cold!
Owner Gresham Bayley showed selected media around the family-friendly attraction. The venue houses 185,000 pounds of ice, including carved ice sculptures and ice furniture…for the adults a full ice bar and a non-ice lounge awaits.
“While ice lounges are understandably extremely popular in hot climates, having a venue in Toronto has great benefits,” Gresham explained. “After all, Canadians do know a thing or two about ice and snow, so this becomes a truly Canadian experience for people around the globe. We want locals and visitors to come and see what we can do.”