Trend 4 : Mix it up with stylish accents

Elevate your bar

From innovative and contemporary whisky cocktails to choosing the right ice and glassware, there are lots of simple but sophisticated ways to elevate your home bar experience.  Share your #LCBOMixItUp cocktail on Instagram and Facebook.

Blooming Tea Toddy

The classic toddy is ideal for sipping while curled up by the fire. Add a little glamour with spiced syrup and a social media–worthy flowering tea bud.

When you’re done, display the bloom like a bouquet in a small, clear vase filled with a mix of water and vinegar.

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Step 1

Mix up a flavourful honey syrup by stirring ½ cup honey with ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle in a few whole cloves and add a cinnamon stick. Simmer until flavours infuse, about 5 minutes. Let it cool, then strain through a fine sieve. 

Step 2

Carefully pour boiling water over a flowering tea bud in a warmed, heatproof glass or mug. Steep and watch it bloom.

Step 3

Gently stir in a splash of whisky and syrup. Squeeze in a little lemon juice. Using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler, pull a long strip of zest from a lemon over the glass. Twist it to mist oils over the surface of the drink, then drop into cocktail.

Crown Royal Whisky

This Canadian classic has floral, peach and corn aromas that work nicely with a variety of cocktails. Or, enjoy it on the rocks to experience its woodsy, spicy finish. 

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Do different glasses really affect the way a drink tastes?

“Since so much of the way we experience flavour is actually to do with smell, the shape of a glass — whether it's gathering or dissipating aromas, or enlarging or shrinking the surface area of the liquid — can make a dramatic difference,” shares Food & Drink drinks editor Charlene Rooke.

Choose the right glass

1. Champagne flute, coupe or small white wine glass for sparkling wine
2. Coupe for cocktails served straight up
3. Highball for long cocktails
4. Chardonnay glass for white and rosé wines
5. Burgundy glass for red wine
6. Pilsner glass for lagers
7. Old fashioned glass for drinks on the rocks
8. Tulip-shaped beer glass for Belgian strong ales and many craft beers

How to up your ice game
Tip 1

Regular ice cubes are great for shaking up cocktails but melt too fast in a stirred cocktail or a drink served on the rocks.

Tip 2

Invest in ice trays designed to make 2-inch cubes or spheres — larger cubes dilute drinks more slowly and they also look great in your glass. 

Tip 3

Use filtered water. Alternatively, use “whisky stones” or other stone or steel cubes that have been chilled in the freezer.

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