I was recently introduced to Canada’s first-ever, one pour culinary cocktail, Crazy Uncle. I am a daiquiri aficionado and have tried many ready-made cocktails, but been disappointed with them being either too sweet or too artificial tasting.
Crazy Uncle was developed by two Toronto brothers, Bruno and Davide Codispoty who commissioned renowned mixologist, Frank Solarik from Toronto’s Bar-Chef, one of the top 100 bars in the world, to create these fresh and flavourful one-pour cocktails.
What makes Crazy Uncle different for me? It’s many things, but mainly it’s the original blend of natural flavours which hit the mark and the right amount of sweetness. I was intrigued by the Basil Lime & Honey Daquiri and was not disappointed. It’s a mellow drink, perfect for sitting at home on the patio or enjoying with friends. It’s wonderfully light and the basil gives it an exotic undertone, complementing the sweetness of pineapple and coconut.
Crazy Uncle cocktails come complete with a packet of sugar rimmer. The Basil Lime & Honey Daquiri comes with a lime rind and elderflower sugar rimmer, a perfect complement to this cocktail. All you have to do is fill the glass with ice and a straw and you’re all set to go.
I was so impressed with the Basil Lime & Honey Daquiri I decided to try something a little different. I was a little reluctant, but I decided to go outside my comfort zone and try the Mint & Cola Bitters Julep. This one was a real surprise!
Think of your favourite cocktail that features cola and take it up a notch, that’s what the Mint and Cola Bitters Julep is like. I found it was a great drink to have with casual foods like pizza or tacos. The flavours of cardamom, star anise and clove add spice and give this cocktail a sophisticated touch.
These inspired ready-to-drink cocktails developed right here in Ontario are the best I’ve had. So take a run to the LCBO and give Crazy Uncle a try. Crazy Uncle sells for $18.96/1000 ml, you won’t find any ready to pour that more original and sure to be a hit at your next summer party. Better get to the LCBO before the season is over!