Wednesday February 28, 2024

5 Cocktail Recipes To Get A Taste of YQG

Original blog by Tourism Windsor Essex

When you think of anything pertaining to cocktails: cocktail hour, cocktail dresses, shrimp cocktail — there is an air of fun and frivolity. Whether you’re looking for a casual afternoon on a patio or a fancy night out, the mixologists in Windsor Essex are elevating cocktails to a whole new level and serving up hand crafted confections that will tempt your taste buds.

Recreate your favourite libations from the region’s top mixologists:

Funky Chow Kitchen – Harajuku Heights Highball

  • 1.25 oz Canadian Club 12 year
  • .75 oz Choya
  • .25 oz Pressed ginger syrup
  • .5 oz lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Ginger syrup is made combining equal parts pressed ginger juice and white sugar. Blend it together to ensure a smooth consistency.

Maiden Lane Wine & Spirits – 5 Point Pick Me Up

  • 1.5 oz Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky
  • .5 oz Cynar
  • .25 oz Walnut Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Cold Brew Coffee
  • Top with Lemon-Maple Foam

Glassware: Large coupe or rocks glass (chilled)
Garnish: Grated Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients excluding the foam in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into chilled glassware and top with the foam. Finish with fresh nutmeg grated over top.

Salute Resto + Bar – Cocorindo

  • 1.25 oz. – Malibu Rum
  • .5 oz. –Β  Lime Juice
  • .75 ozΒ  – Tamarind Syrup
  • Bar Spoon of Coconut Milk
  • .75 oz – Havana Club 7 Rum (Float)
  • .5 oz. – Wray & Nephew
  • Passion Fruit
  • Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Tamarind syrup

  • 5 oz. – Tamarind
  • 1 Cup – Sugar
  • 1 Cup – Water

-Let sugar and tamarind dissolve on a low simmer, double strain syrup and set aside to cool.

Add Malibu Rum, Lime Juice, Tamarind Syrup and Coconut Milk to a shaker. Add ice, shake and double strain in a candy bowl glass over crushed ice. Float the Havana Club 7 Rum using the back of a bar spoon. Cut Passion Fruit in half and hollow out to create a bowl. Fill Passion Fruit Bowl with a pinch of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut & the Wray & Nephew and place, as a garnish, on top of the cocktail. Ignite the bowl using a torch. Enjoy responsibly.

Sawyer’s Craft Barbecue – Last Chance Espresso Martini

  • Chance Coffee Heart Eyes Espresso
  • HvO Spring Water Vodka
  • Galliano Vanilla Liqueur
  • Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Shaken over ice, and double strained into a frosted coupe glass.

Wolfhead Distillery – White BlossomΒ 

  • 1.5 oz River’s End Gin
  • .5 oz St. Germain Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Lime Simple Syrup
  • Mint & Cucumber
  • Club Soda


  • Muddle together cucumbers, mint, lemon juice, and spirits in a shaker.
  • Add ice to the shaker and shake thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture into a large wine glass.
  • Top with club soda.

Enjoy your refreshing cocktail!

For more of our favourite cocktail and dining establishments head to and visit for past Art of a Cocktail winners and finalists.


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