Canadian drinks



Q: Hi, I’m new to Vancouver, and I don’t like to drink beer. Is there something even more Canadian than beer I can drink? If so, how do I make it at home?


By Abeer Yusuf


I’m with you on this. I dont drink beer either, but I hear that Vancouver is home to some great craft beers, should you ever change your mind.


But if it’s distinctly Canadian drinks you’re after, we have a comprehensive list of Canuck-ified beverages that some of your local friends might not know.


Possibly the most Canadian of them is the Caesar, invented in Calgary, Alberta. Essentially vodka with clamato, this is a distinct drink containing both clam broth and tomato juice. Weird right? Tabasco sauce is added to the mix, along with some Worcestershire sauce.


Make sure your glass is rimmed with celery salt though, that’s what gives this spicy alcoholic drink its tanginess! And if your drink comes with a celery stalk in it, don’t worry, its all part of the presentation of this Canadian favourite.


If you’re looking for something more classic, ask for a rye and ginger. Rye is the most Canadian kind of whiskey, so your basic rye and ginger is usually a shot of Canadian Club or Seagram’s mixed with ginger ale and a few cubes of ice.


But if it’s a wild party drink that you’re after, one option to consider would be the Canadian Prairie Fire. One part Yukon Jack—Canadian whiskey and honey—and one part Tabasco sauce, it’s sure to get the fire going in your belly!


Making things a little more official is the Sir John A. cocktail, named for the first prime minister of this fine country. It’s a patriotic drink involving—you guessed it, maple syrup. Shaken with Collingwood whiskey, earl grey tea and whiskey-infused peach bitters, I’d recommend this if you’d like to talk #CANpoli.


Of course, excluding moose and maple syrup, nothing is more Canadian than a mountie, so why not drink one too? A Mountie cocktail is made with simple Canadian whiskey and Campari bitters, so bottoms up.


Last but not least, if you’d like to have a drink born in Vancouver, give the Hotel Georgia cocktail a try. Named for the iconic downtown hotel, this evening drink includes egg white, gin, lemon juice, orgeat (almond syrup), and grated nutmeg over the top—probably a drink best had at its namesake hotel, watching the sun set over the Burrard Inlet.


I apologise in advance if your Canadian drinks exploration doesn’t go well. What do I know, I don’t drink alcohol—but I hope we’ve given you enough for a few good nights on the town!





1 ounce vodka
2 dashes hot sauce
3 dashes freshly ground salt and pepper
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
4 ounces (or more) clamato juice

Optional garnish: rimmed with celery salt, celery stalk, lime wedge and/or olives



Rye and Ginger


1 or 2 ounces rye
4 or 5 ounces ginger ale, served on ice


Prairie Fire


1 ounce tequila
1 ounce Tobasco



Sir John A


1½ ounces peach-infused whiskey
½  ounces Canadian maple syrup
2 ½ ounces Earl Grey tea, steeped and chilled
2 dashes peach bitters

Optional garnish: sliced peaches




1 ½ ounce Canadian whiskey
½ ounce Campari bitters



Hotel Georgia


1 ¾  ounces gin
¾  ounce lemon juice
½  ounce almond syrup
6 drops orange blossom water
1 egg white

Optional garnish: ground nutmeg