A Stampede Drink - The Cowboy's Breakfast

>> Thursday, July 3, 2014

The whole city is gearing up for the biggest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede, officially kicking off this Friday July 6th! Definitely the largest celebration in the city, the stampede represents not only our historical culture but also a generation of new traditions. Drawing travelers from around the world, everybody is out to experience their own part of the stampede whether it is the rodeo, pancake breakfasts or the infamous Cowboys. There is a bit of something for everyone.

As part of the celebration this year Bar C is creating a brand new cocktail to showcase what the Calgary Stampede means to them with a drink called the ‘Cowboy’s Breakfast’, which is served during the 10 days of the Stampede. We recently got a sneak peek of the drink paired alongside some delectable dishes and amazing cocktails at Bar C’s patio, truly a hidden oasis on busy 17th Ave.

The Cowboy’s Breakfast combines bourbon, tequila, bacon infused maple syrup, egg whites, liquid smoke and topped off with a piece of candied bacon. A bit sweet and a little savory, each sip is reminiscent of the ingredients required for a perfect stampede breakfast especially with the addition of the liquid smoke. Our drinks were paired with Seared Scallops served with spinach, charred tomato, bacon and a whiskey maple vinaigrette. The scallops remained opaque inside while developing a nice brown crust due to the searing process. I really enjoyed the whiskey maple vinaigrette which enhanced the subtle sweetness of the scallops. The spinach and tomato added additional texture and flavour contrasts creating an overall harmonious dish, which left me wanting more. Overall the different hints of maple flavour from both the drink and the vinaigrette in the dish played well off of each other highlighting different elements of each!

A couple other cocktails that Bar C is currently featuring on their menu include the New Old Fashioned, a lighter take on the original Old Fashioned with sherry whiskey to smooth out the taste of the bourbon. The Mojitolatoialato-aia, quite the mouth full but something I wouldn’t be able to stop ordering because of how delicious it is. A perfect patio drink during our hot summer months. It’s their version of a strawberry mojito with black pepper and balsamic. It’s dangerous because of how delicious and how easily it goes down, I can probably drink a pitcher of them! Both are great accompaniments to the bison or tuna tartars, something light and tasty for summer.

So for those that are looking to do something a little different this stampede, be sure to drop by Bar C to try their unique Cowboy’s Breakfast cocktail. Who kn
ows, maybe there will be a new tradition created this year!

Bar C
340 17 Ave SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 984-3667
Website: bar-c.ca


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