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Drink of the Week: Michelada

22 Sep

Drink - Play - Love

A nice, cold beer is a beautiful thing when bowling your way to a sad 125 at the newly-opened bowling alley at National on 10th in Calgary. But I have to say that a tequila-spiked, Mexican beer cocktail called the Michelada does a far better job of numbing the sour taste of bowling defeat.

The drink is but one Mexican-themed cocktail featured on the bowling alley menu. There’s also a margarita, a paloma (like a grapefruit margarita, but with fizz), and two cocktails made with mezcal, another agave spirit with a smoky flavour. Bartender Stephen Phipps took some liberties with the menu and created a couple of fun sips like the fan favourite Jesus Quintana (like a pisco sour, with chili bitters) and Orale! (rum, Mexican cola, lime and mole bitters). The drinks complement the Mexican street food eats and are priced to match ($10 to $12).

We spent a…

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Dank Summer Cocktails – Hot Melons Margarita

22 Sep

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The Wandering Gourmand

Maybe it’s because of the weather, but the Gourmand household has been mixing up more cocktails than normal this summer.  We’re typically a beer and wine family.  If liquor is involved, we trend simple with a vodka tonic or scotch on the rocks.  But with all the downtime of “Gee it’s raining for the third f-ing time today” this summer, we’ve found ourselves becoming a bit more creative with our liquor cabinet and some of the fresh ingredients summer has delivered.  In the boredom between showers we’ve been inventing and recreating cocktails tried elsewhere.  This series is an offering of what we’ve been concocting.  Try one out and let us know what you think!  Made an improvement?  Let us know that, too!

The Story

“Dude!”  You might be wondering.  “The summer’s over.  It’s September.  What’s with another Dank Summer Cocktail post?”  As long as watermelons keep arriving in my weekly…

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