- DRINKS, DRINKS, DRINKS
This is why I’d like to present to you some typical Canadian drinks.
Canadian drinks are as diverse as the country.
Whether it’s an all Canadian cocktail, some ice wine, a locally brewed beer or a whiskey, there are lots of drinks you can enjoy.
First and foremost, the maple liqueur.
Maple is ever-present in Canada: maple trees, maple leaf on our flag, maple syrup over everything and it is obviously a drink too.
The maple liqueur refers to various maple syrup-based alcohol products, made by mixing Canadian rye whiskey and Canadian maple syrup. Maple liqueur is considered an important cultural drink at some Canadian festivals and it is used in many cocktail recipes in this country.
I personally like it very much especially served over ice, poured into a coffee or mixed into whipped cream and served with warm apple pie. It is the perfect balance between the strength of Canadian Whiskey and the rich, golden flavour of maple syrup.
The Caesar cocktail is a Canadian favourite and it was invented in 1969 in Calgary.
It is often mistaken for the American Bloody Mary but this delicious concoction is rarely available outside of Canada and it could be considered Canada's national drink.
This cocktail is similar to a Bloody Mary, except that clam juice is mixed in with the tomato juice. Yes, clam juice!
It is best to drink a fresh Caesar from a restaurant or a bar, but the drink is also available from supermarkets and liquor stores across the country.
The Moose Milk is a cocktail that tastes like a boozy milkshake. It's usually made with blended rum, coffee liqueur and ice cream. Some people may add Irish liqueur, butterscotch schnapps or strawberries but it is always delicious if you like sweet thick creamy cocktails.
The Yukon Jack is a Canadian honey-flavoured whiskey with the classic and unmistakable taste of whiskey but with the addition of honey liqueur. It is often added to cocktails and it is usually said that it is the addition for men whereas the maple liqueur is usually the women’s choice.
Spruce Beer. The credit for this beer is due to Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, who during a trip to Quebec in the 16th century, discovered most of his men sick due to a low intake of vitamin C. He asked the tribe for help local of the Hurons who advised him to use local tree buds rich in vitamin C, tea and mush.
Spruce beers began to be appreciated by everyone and it is now a popular non-alcoholic drink.
Obviously, the ‘American’ culture of the ‘hot drink on the go’ also applies very well here in Canada.
The difference is that while Americans only drink coffee, Canadians like their tea very much and some have it daily like a ritual, in perfect English style.
When it comes to milk, of particular interest is the existence of milk in bags.
The milk in a bag, the subject of many humorous cartoons by the Americans, is nothing more than a huge bag of milk to be placed in a jug.
This has significant advantages: first of all it pollutes less because the only thing used is the bag that can be washed and used to pack sandwiches, for example.
And if you fear that you will not be able to drink great wine in Canada, you will have to change your mind quickly.
British Columbia's Okanagan Valley and Ontario's Niagara Peninsula are two of the best areas for great tasting. The craft beers are also delicious and the micro-breweries are becoming more and more popular, especially in the green British Columbia.