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Fresh cocktail ideas for Canada Day

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Hosting a Canada Day party? Here are some fun red-and-white drink ideas, from the classic Bloody Caesar to a delicious boozy milkshake.
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Hosting a Canada Day party? Here are some fun red-and-white drink ideas, from the classic Bloody Caesar to a delicious boozy milkshake.

Canada Day is an excellent excuse to throw a party — and no party is complete without some festive drinks and cocktails.

Here are our picks of patriotic cocktail ideas for Canada Day:

Classic Bloody Caesar

Bloody Mary

This variation on the Bloody Mary was invented in Alberta in 1969.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces Clamato juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • Lime wedge
  • Pepper to taste
  • Celery salt
  • Sea salt
  • Celery stalk for garnish

Directions:

  1. To start, rim a highball glass with the lime and a combination of sea salt and celery salt.
  2. Add the vodka and Clamato juice, then season with the Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces and pepper. Stir it up, and garnish with the celery stick.

The Burgundy

The Burgundy

Simple to make, this cocktail looks festive and is easy to produce for a crowd.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 parts whisky
  • 4 parts ginger ale
  • Splash of cranberry juice

Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients, pour into a highball glass over ice, and you're good to go.

Cherry Whisky Smash

Cherry Whiskey Smash
Photo courtesy of How Sweet It Is

This short cocktail by food blogger Jessica of How Sweet It Is looks as good as it tastes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons whisky
  • 2 tablespoons cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto
  • 1 tablespoon ginger brandy
  • 2 tablespoons cherry cola
  • 5 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. Muddle the cherries in the bottom of the glass until smashed, and then add ice.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, shake the whisky, cherry juice, Amaretto and brandy for 15 seconds to combine.
  3. Pour over the ice, top up with cherry cola, and garnish with cherries.

Maple syrup milkshake

Maple Syrup Milkshake

Alcoholic milkshakes make great dessert cocktails. You can get creative with this recipe and experiment with different flavour combinations.

Ingredients:

  • 1–2 shots of whisky or bourbon (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (1 pint) vanilla ice cream

Directions:

  1. Blend the ingredients until smooth.
  2. Serve with an extra drizzle of syrup.

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