If Montreal ever had time to have a signature cocktail this would be the one. And I think I came up with one

I haven’t talked much about “Dryuary” this year – that fashionable and voluntary month-long abstinence from alcohol in the first month of the New Year when people on Twitter posted on Dr Theresa Tam’s serious plea to abstain from alcohol this holiday season: Read the room, Doc

Unlike the politicians galloping to exotic locations despite public health recommendations, those of us who stayed at home where we belong on this vacation deserve a drink or three Yes, the New Year is over But there’s still six days of blackout and about 150 hours – or probably more, given the latest alarming infection numbers – until the school is back up here in Quebec. Not that I’m counting

This week I was rummaging around my bar where the lock was gone and thought of the typical Montreal drink. Is it wine? Maybe but which one? A non-starter of a question for this non-beer lover – popular with Montrealers at least as long as the Molson brewery has been in business for 235 years – seems like a more likely candidate

But what is our cocktail? Our Manhattan? Our Moscow mule? (No matter that the Moscow mule was invented in Manhattan)

There’s Caribou – that strong blend of red wine and whiskey – but its seasonal flavor is too closely associated with Carnaval and Quebec City

Difford’s guide lists a Montreal cocktail put together by 15 Montreal bartenders in 2016 in honor of the city’s 375th anniversary It consists of gin, rye, aperol and suze gentian liqueur, is stirred with ice and sifted into a chilled glass.But between the gentian gentian liqueur and the aperol (also made with gentian) there are two sources of bitterness in this mixture, maybe a little too on the nose for an intoxicating drink that is apparently also supposed to pay homage to the city’s mixed French and English influences

For the 375 On the city’s 50th birthday, the Gazette also asked four local bartenders to create Montreal-inspired cocktails and while I’d love to try one of those professional creations – the Detour is pretty unbeatable as a Montreal drink name, especially given the planned next decade of roadworks – is any cocktail with six or seven components is too expensive for the average drinker … As much as I appreciate the practical recipe for boiling my own cedar leaves

A real Montreal drink should be functional, not sophisticated.We are a city that knows how to live well, often cheap.The most perfect drinks require two or three ingredients, along with a twist and maybe a side dish I’d make a special one Allow element provided that you could only pick it up by depanneurs

Perfect cocktails that I’ve enjoyed here over the years: endless Caesars and gin-and-tonics for the legendary happy hour at the Hotel de la Montagne (RiP), characteristic whiskey sours mixed with cream in the McGill Faculty Club, dark-and-stormys outside on the summer nights on Alexandraplatz, an Old Fashioned or a Pimms Cup in the Dominion Square Tavern, which, with its classically inspired foundation, marked the founding of the Company in 1927 remember drinks menu

Any real contender for a city drink should point out this golden age of Montreal nightclubs and the city’s centuries-old reputation for good nightlife … or so I decided, when my considerations turned into a mission, I got down from vintage drink menus Get inspiration from Montreal from the 1930s and 40s A cocktail bar at Club Deauville Cocktail Bar around 1937 offered guests a range of fizzes and flips, as well as other drinks that I had to look up: Horse’s Neck, Gin Daisy, Mamie Taylor Tempting, especially for only 50 cents in a Tic Toc menu from the 1940s, these last two appear under the appealing heading Long Cool Ones, although by then they cost a whopping 75 cents

But as a lover of Kir Royales, I was drawn to the once popular champagne cocktail.It is one of the oldest cocktails mentioned (written reports date back to 1855) and consists of champagne, a sugar cube, a dash of bitters and a lemon twist

I mixed a local ounce of Quebec maple syrup with some freshly squeezed lemon juice and doused it with dry, bubbly budget (in this case, $ 17 cava) I left out the bitter substance and served it in a coupe (more oxygen means more taste) It’s chic and sweet, but not too hard to drink Light and easy to drink

Let’s call it Montreal Midnight In this city we arrive fashionably late and stay awake until dawn. Bubbles in the drink for the stars in our eyes and in the sky, for our irrepressible zest for life, because Montreal people like to party, whether together or – for the time being – Separately Throw a maraschino cherry for the sun and for those perfect Montreal nights that are only over if you watch them

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