Summer Cocktails and More at The Keg

>> Monday, May 2, 2016

What warm weather we've had this year and it seems to be sticking! Patios are all officially open and what better time than for the Keg to launch their summer cocktails! Starting May 2nd, their new line up of cocktails will be available for all to enjoy and I was lucky enough to be able to sip my way through some of their delicious offerings!

We started with the light and refreshing Rosemary Gimlet made with gin, limoncello, lemon juice and fresh rosemary. This is definitely my kind of cocktail, not overly sweet with the savory rosemary adding in a nice earthiness to the drink plus it's just plain delicious. It was probably my favorite of the evening and we just only started.

Next was the Pineapple Splash. Another winner in my opinion, this screams summer to me with the fresh pineapple garnish and the muddles pineapple and mint. It reminded me of an elevated mojito. Made with gosling's black seal rum, muddled fresh pineapple and mint, brown sugar, lime juice and ginger beer. It's the perfect drink for the summer patio season.

For someone looking for something bolder, there's the Drunken Cherry mixed with tequila, triple sec, house made drunken bing cherry juice, agave syrup and fresh lemon and lime juice. You can taste the tequila here which is needed to cut through the sweetness of the cherries. It would be great as an aperitif or even just something to pair with a nice savory dish to balance out the week and tartness of the cherries.

Last but not least we have a play on the whisky sour with the Keg's own New York Sour made with whisky, fresh lemon and lime juice, simple syrup and topped off with a red wine float. The colors in this cocktail are amazing and makes it a stand out. The addition of the red wine really changes up the flavour profile of the drink adding an extra level of depth. I would recommend this if you're looking for a twist on the traditional drinks such as a manhattan or old fashioned.

We couldn't have all these fabulous drinks without some amazing food dishes to accompany them and at the Keg they have a full menu of sharing plates or appetizers to go with their cocktails. It's perfect for those who are looking for a few small bites without feeling the need to order a full meal. The Ahi Tuna Tacos were fresh and light with a creamy spicy aioli and slaw to compliment the fish. Great for those looking for something lighter. For those looking for something more, there's the Prime Rib Sliders, with housemade prime rib and dipping jus to top everything off. There's also a Blue Cheese crusted Filet for those looking for something more substantial. The blue cheese adds extra flavour without overpowering the delicate taste of the filet which is cooked perfectly medium rare. Finally, if you're just searching for the perfect sharing plate, there's the Bacon Wrapped Scallops. Salty, savoury and decadent, you really can't go wrong with them!

I can't wait to go back to the Keg to try some of the other cocktails on their new menu including the Sparkling Peach and the Mango Mojito. Everything just screams summer and what a summer we're going to have if this weather holds up!

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