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Like language and music, a culture’s drinking traditions makes up a huge part of their identity. From coast to coast, Canadians have whipped up new drinks and rituals with the purpose of initiating foreigners into their communities. Here, we’ve rounded up the most distinctly Canadian ways we like to drink. Cheers!
To become an honorary Saskatonian, Lucky Bastard Distillery and Great Western Brewery have teamed up to create a new rite of passage. Together, they’ve conceptualized a drop shot made up of Great Western Brewery’s Original 16 beer (which pays homage to the 16 founders of the brewery) and Lucky Bastard Distillery’s Saskatoon Liqueur (which uses the berry the city is named for). Those who complete the shot get a card as proof of their status as an honorary local.
While the history of the Shotski is highly debated, Urban Dictionary’s top definition of the word cites the University of British Columbia as its location of origin. The Shotski consists of placing multiple shots on a ski, allowing a group of people to lift the ski together and drink the shot simultaneously. The drink is ingrained into apres-ski culture, so you’ll also be able to find shotskis in places like Banff—just ask Alayna Fender.
To get screeched in, non-Newfoundlanders must kiss a cod fish and recite the screech-in creed before taking a shot of the Newfoundland rum. After being asked if “ye a Screecher,” you respond, “Deed I is me old cock, and long may your big jib draw.” (For any mainlanders—this is a wish of good luck that translates to “may there always be wind in your sails”).
Established in 1973, the Sourtoe cocktail has become a beloved tradition in Dawson City, Yukon. To become a member of the cocktail club, there are just a few steps: come to the Sourdough Saloon, order a shot of Yukon Jack, pledge the Sourtoe Oath and take the shot—which is garnished with a real dehydrated human toe.
Invented in Calgary back in the ‘60s the humble Caesar has been Canada’s go-to hangover cure. Whether you need a little hair of the dog, something to go along with Sunday brunch or a crazy concoction complete with onion rings and a slider on it, the Caesar is the answer.