How to make the classic Toronto cocktail

An inspiring Autumn cocktail for your next dinner party

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Did you know Canada's largeset mecca has its own namesake cocktail?

Said to have been created in the early 1900s–and possibly pre-prohibition–the Toronto cocktail's first published reference was in 1922 in a book called Cocktails: How to Mix Them. At its base, the cocktail is a spin on a classic Old Fashioned made using whisky and Fernet Branca.

This recipe uses the Canadian-made Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky. Aged in ex-bourbon barrels and new American white oak, the whisky boasts flavours of vanilla, honey, and cocoa, making this drink perfectly fitting for autumn.


The Toronto cocktail

2 oz Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir thoroughly.

Strain into a chilled coupe glass and twist orange zest above drink.

Garnish with orange peel and serve.

1 cocktail
Prep Time:
2 minutes