It is now officially summer and Canada Day is coming up. We will, of course, drink cider on Canada Day, but it seemed appropriate to fancy things up a bit for the holiday and make a cider cocktail.
I think the most common cider cocktail is called the Stone Fence. It’s a combination of cider and a spirit, usually some type of whisky or rum. The Stone Fence is a great cocktail, but I thought it was a good one that could be made a bit more Canadian. Here’s a Canadian twist on the The Stone Fence – The Snow Fence.
I know the last things most Canadians want to talk about it in summer is snow. But in this case the name was just too perfect! Don’t worry, this is still a nice warm weather sipping drink.
Making it Canadian
The snow fence is similar to the Stone Fence, but with specifically choosing Canadian whisky and addition of a few Canadian fruit flavours, cranberry and saskatoon.
One of the challenges when making cider cocktails is finding the right cider. There is a huge range of ciders out there and not all of them play well with some ingredients. For this situation I chose Darragon Rebelle from Quebec. Not only is it a Canadian produced cider, but it is made with McIntosh and Spartan apples, two very successful apple cultivars that were developed in Canada. The McIntosh flavour does come through in the cider and it has a sweet aromatic quality that works with the spicy notes from the whisky and tartness of the cranberry. You don’t have to use this specific cider for the drink to work. It would be worth testing out a few of your favorites to see what tastes good (or doesn’t).
Cranberry gives the drink a nice red colour and provides a bit of balance to the whisky. Saskatoons, a small fruit native to much of western Canada add another Canadian flavour. This season’s saskatoons aren’t ready yet, but some of us still have some kicking around in their freezer from last year. If you don’t have any saskatoons handy, or if you live somewhere where they aren’t as common, blueberries could work too.
The Snow Fence
- 1 oz Canadian Whisky /Rye
- 1 oz Cranberry Juice
- 4 oz (ish) Canadian Cider
- A few Saskatoons (or Blueberries).
Pour the whisky and cranberry juice in a highball glass over ice and top up with cider.
Throw in a few saskatoons and that’s it!