5 cl of Canadian whisky
1 cl of sugar syrup
1 cl of fernet Branca bitter
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
The Toronto cocktail is the official beverage of Canada, a nice tough drink with an intense flavor, and the main ingredient is 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? If you are a seasoned drinker, it could be, 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 it has nothing to do with the legendary New York cocktail. There is no sweet vermouth in the Toronto cocktail, and the syrup is 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 drinks.” 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
How to make the Toronto cocktail
Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir and pour a frozen cup or into an old-fashioned glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over the cocktail to flavor the essential oils. If you serve it in the old-fashioned glass, add a large piece of ice.
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