If at first you are hesitant about trying absinthe, you can slowly dip your toes in with an absinthe rinse, which is perfected at Weslodge. A ‘rinse’ is defined as coating a cocktail glass in absinthe and then discarding the excess liquid. It provides a subtle taste for a beginner. We recommend the ‘Gentlemen’s Quarterly’, which consists of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Benedictine, Strega, grapefruit bitters, and an absinthe rinse. The bartenders at Weslodge are redefining the art of the cocktail, and specialize in what is referred to as ‘pure spirit cocktails’. Only booze, bitters, aromatics, tinctures, and citrus oils here.
Weslodge, 480 King St W, Toronto, Canada, + 1 647 496 0612
Located on Dundas Street West, Hoof Cocktail Bar believes cocktails should be a combination of classic and modern, which is also evident in the hip décor and atmosphere at this small but mighty bar. Try the ‘Absinthe Whip’ which contains absinthe, orange, coconut and pistachio. If planning a visit, note that Hoof accepts only cash or Canadian debit, and does not take reservations.
Hoof Cocktail Bar, 923 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada, + 1 416 792 7511
Since opening its doors in 2012, Dillon’s is quickly making a name for itself worldwide with its gin, vodka, rye and, of course, absinthe products. Just an hour’s drive outside Toronto, the authentic absinthe created on location is made from vapour distillation and the infusion of local wormwood and natural botanicals without the use of artificial colouring or flavouring. It’s the real deal. Sample products at the quaint distillery in Beamsville, or purchase a bottle to take home and enjoy.
Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery, 4833 Tufford Road, Beamsville, Canada, + 1 905 563 3030