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DharMag January 2020 Toronto drink recipe: how to make a luscious cocktail with Fernet Branca, Canadian whiskey and angostura bitters

Toronto cocktail recipe with Fernet Branca Canadian whiskey and angostura bitter The Toronto cocktail is the official beverage of Canada, a nice tough drink with an intense flavor and the main ingredient is obviously Canadian whiskey.

There are not many ingredients in the Toronto cocktail, but those present have a strong personality: as said the alcoholic base is given by Canadian whiskey, to which is added a little bit of Fernet Branca liqueur, sugar syrup, and angostura or any other aromatic bitters of your liking.

Is Toronto cocktail an aperitif? It could be if you are a seasoned drinker, but it shines as an after-dinner or meditation cocktail. The alcohol content is high and the sensation of heat pushes hard on the palate. The taste is spicy, complex and austere: the whiskey is felt at first, spicy and fleshy fruit emerge, flavors of cereals and biscuits, but then Fernet, mint, and herbs take over.

It is not a mainstream drink suitable for everyone, it is popular with Canadians because they are used to strong, smoky flavors and it is always cold there, however, it is undeniable that Toronto is a splendid cocktail for ambition and aromatic courage. He is clean, sharp and elegant, it hits hard, but it knows how to bewitch you with ethereal and medicinal notes.

Many have called it the Canadian Manhattan, but in reality, it has nothing to do with the legendary New York cocktail, in the Toronto cocktail there is no sweet vermouth and the syrup is also scarce. If we want to make a parallel we could call it a Canadian Old Fashioned with the addition of Fernet.

History of the Toronto cocktail

Bartender David Embury wrote the recipe for the Toronto cocktail in 1948 in his book “The fine art of mixing drink”. In 1922 Embury himself reported the Fernet cocktail recipe, very similar, but made with rye. In the end, the use of Canadian whiskey prevailed and still today it is prepared with the doses that we will provide.

Ingredients and doses for making the Toronto cocktail

  • 5 cl of Canadian whiskey
  • 1 cl of sugar syrup
  • 1 cl of Fernet Branca
  • 2 drops of angostura
  • lemon peel

How to make the Toronto cocktail

Cocktail with peel and flame, fiery cocktail, Canadian aperitif recipe Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir and pour a frozen cup or in old fashioned glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over the cocktail to flavor with the essential oils. If you serve it in the old fashioned glass, add a large piece of ice.

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