In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the deliciously unique cocktails offered at the popular Toronto bars Barchef, The Harbord Room and Northwood. We'll trust you've tried at least one of them by now! For Part 2, we're going to dive into the drinks on the menu at The Carbon Bar, Bar Isabel and Country General, which are ideal for those summer patio nights in the city - and there aren't many left.
The Carbon Bar
Located on Queen Street East, The Carbon Bar has been brought to the city by the team of Nota Bene. Known for their size and stunning interior decor, they offer a cocktail list reminiscent of the Prohibition era. The Black Mamba Margarita is an incredible combination of charcoal infused Tromba tequila, St. Germain, Bowmore and lime with a sea salt rim. The bar's own Carolina Cross is an original recipe and features Prosecco, Aperol, gin, watermelon, jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro and lemon bitters. Looking for something a bit more understated? The Heart of Gold, another house creation, is a five-ingredient classic with bourbon, port, dolin rouge, chartreuse and orange bitters. Click here for the full menu.
A trendy College Street hangout, Bar Isabel offers great drinks alongside stunning Spanish food that's guaranteed to satisfy. They offer a classic Sazerac made with authentic (and rare!) Sazerac 6-year rye, a sugar cube, peychauds bitters, an absinthe rinse and lemon zest. Their ...A Woman Scorned is the perfect drink for celebrating a break-up and features Devil’s cut bourbon, Amaro Averna, Campari, a cinnamon and clove tincture, deathwish syrup and snake oil bitters. For those who prefer the less exotic side of life, the Last Word is a simple yet satisfying mix of Tanqueray gin, luxardo maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse and lime juice. Curious about their other options? Click here to find out more.
A hip restaurant and bar known for their upscale take on down-home, country cooking, County General is yet another Queen Street gem. You're guaranteed to come for the food and stay for the cocktails - they do both very well. Their menu features Toronto's Best Manhattan, which was rated #1 by BlogTO and comprises Knob Creek bourbon, Dolin Sweet vermouth and cherry masala chai bitters. Their namesake cocktail, the County Drive In, is a surprisingly sweet mixture of Makers Mark bourbon, Aperol, cream soda and fresh lime juice. That’s not all! The Sunday Picnic never disappoints with El Dorado 5-year rum, Averna, cinnamon, vanilla and root beer. Curious about their other options? Check them out.
Whether you're the type to prefer a Heart of Gold, a Last Word or a County Drive In, Toronto is the place for great cocktail destinations. Have you been to any of these bars and restaurants? We'd love to hear what you ordered, and how it was! Visit us on Facebook or Twitter.
Thursday, 11th September 2014, 06:58pm.