Summer 2018 has been a hot one! How are you staying cool?

For as long as I can remember, every year has had a signature drink. From new release coolers, to last years big push on rosé season, to the explosion of craft beers to this years focus on the aperitif.

"An aperitif is an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate ones appetite."

We do this on the regular without even realizing it!  When we have guests in our home, it is a completely natural hosting move at a dinner party or any celebration, to offer a pre-dinner cocktail or spirit. Or as you now know, an aperitif.

If you have offered your guests any one of the following, you are already on trend!

*Martini- gin or vodka

*Dry red wine

*Dry sherry or brandy



Photo credit: The Alchemist Magazine BC

Photo credit: The Alchemist Magazine BC


If you enjoy a great cocktail as much as we do, then you probably find yourself on the hunt for the next best!

We compiled a list of what we think are 2018's winning drink trends!  The good news for you is that KW is constantly growing and expanding! We are home to so many great restaurants with experienced bartenders and mixologists that are able to mix, create and put their own personal spin on an already simple classic. Hopefully you will get a chance to try at least one of these delicious concoctions before summer's end.


This new found twist on an old favourite is all the rage!  This cocktail is a traditional take on an Italian soda which came to life in the 1950's. Using white wine and soda, Aperol was added to give the drink a more adult take on an already refreshing afternoon beverage.  If you prefer your drink to be more bitter, try using Campari!

*4 1/4 ounces Brut Prosecco

*2 1/2 ounces Aperol or Campari

*3/4 ounce Club Soda

*serve over ice and garnish with a lime

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Photo Credit: 30Seconds


Gin is probably the most well known spirit in this category for this summer. It's light, refreshing and on the hottest of days, that slight hint of lemon or cucumber in a gin based cocktail is sure to satisfy and quench your thirst!

Gin is created and famous for using botanicals. Gin is made with  juniper, a small, round and very bitter berry ( the pine smell and taste).  The next step in the process is to be as creative as he/she wants by experimenting with different herbs and plants. The most common botanicals that are used to enhance gin are: coriander, citrus such as lemon and oranges, cassia bark, licorice, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, lavender, cucumber, orris root, angelica and so many more.

So whether you are wanting herbal, spicy, citrus or floral, you can find the gin to satisfy your taste buds. Try one of these botanical gins below this summer, mix with tonic and let us know what you think!

Gin Mare- a gin comprised of olives, thyme, rosemary and citrus.

Bloom London Dry Gin- contains pomelo and honeysuckle

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I remember my first fizz. I remember watching it being made, and I remember how it tasted. Throughout my early twenties, drinking spirits with juice was so typical and easy! It required not much though and was inexpensive! As I grew up, so did my taste buds! Now, enjoying a hand crafted vodka fizz (or gin fizz for most of you), I can fully appreciate the creativity and love that goes into crafting a drink! The fizz is refreshing and a perfect choice for summer. Try it at home!

*2 oz. Gin/Vodka/Whiskey/Bourbon

*a splash of fresh lime or lemon juice

*25 oz. simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar

*3 oz. club soda

*egg white ( optional)

*lime wedge or cherry for garnish

For a complete gin fizz recipe click HERE.

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What makes a drink sour? A sour is traditionally the spirit of choice and a lime mix built on ice garnished with an orange slice or maraschino cherry. Over time, more and more sours have appeared in different forms. From gin sours to whiskey sours, from amaretto sours to brandy or Midori sours, the sour is becoming more and more popular.  In some cases, egg whites are being included into the mix.  The cocktail is created, then it is shaken and served either straight or over ice. This is one of my favourite summer beverages. I was never a whiskey drinker but these days I can enjoy a properly made bourbon sour.

Want a super simple recipe for a bourbon sour? Carolina got behind the camera and made one to show you guys at home! Check out our exclusive video HERE!


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From sour cocktails to sour beers, more and more breweries are taking on this method of brewing. A sour beer is generally quite tart in taste. Allowing yeast or bacteria intentionally into the mix or by adding fruit directly into the fermentation process, the beer begins to achieve that standard of being a sour.

Try one! There are so many outstanding options right here in our city alone. Block 3's Fickle Mistress, Side Launch Brewing Dry Hopped Sour, Bench Brewing Citra Grove Dry Hopped Sour, or Collective Arts "Mash up the Jam" are all favourites and I would recommend each of these products if you were looking to expand your pallet!

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Have we left you feeling thirsty?

If we have... GOOD! Whether you want to get out and explore a new restaurant or try a new drink this summer, we hope we have left you with some new ideas and new cravings!