As of today – May 2nd, these great cocktails are available at The Keg Steakhouses. There are 12 new cocktails including the Fresh Rosemary Gimlet martini, Pineapple Splash, New York Sour and Drunken Cherry.
I tried these four last week and here are my thoughts on the cocktails. Overall, I have to say the Keg makes a mean cocktail – what I enjoy is the variety of sweet, sour and smoky cocktails but also the balance of every cocktail, so that none are too sweet (or sour, smoky, etc) to drink. I’ve never had a bad experience at the Keg, I really enjoy their customer service because they go above and beyond most typical restaurants.
Ok, now on to the cocktails!
The first cocktail we tried was the Pineapple Splash, made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum, muddled fresh pineapple and mint, brown sugar, lime juice and a splash of ginger beer. This cocktail was more strong than sweet but still quite enjoyable. The crispness of the mint made this drink quite refreshing.
The Rosemary Gimlet martini is made with Hendrick’s gin, limoncello, lemon juice and a sprig of fresh Rosemary. On a nerdy aside – Gimlet kind of reminded me of Gimli in LotR – although I can’t imagine him wanting to drink cocktails! Personally, I’m not that big of a fan of rosemary as I find most drinks and dishes that have this a little too overwhelming for my tastes. However, if you love herbal type of drinks, you may enjoy this.
The next is my second favourite of the evening, the New York Sour. An interesting twist on a classic, the New York Sour has Lot No. 40 whisky, fresh lemon and lime juice and simple syrup finished with a red wine float (made with local red wine – I believe it’s Jackson Triggs, but I may be wrong). I’ve slowly started opening up to trying more whisky and whisky cocktails and I would have to say this drink is very enjoyable – even for the whisky newbie like myself. It’s fresh, slightly smoky and very palatable.
Finally, the last drink is the Drunken Cherry made with Casamigos Blanco tequila (aka the ‘George Clooney’ tequila), triple sec, house-made drunken Bing cherry juice, agave syrup, fresh lemon and lime juice). This drink was smokier, spicier and sweet. The tequila is very notable but offset with the sweetness of the cherries. To me, there was a lot going on here for my tastes but if perhaps if your palate is a bit more refined, you might enjoy this.
If you’re coming here for dinner, I’d recommend trying their twice baked potato if you haven’t had that yet and also their Billy Miner pie for dessert! They also have lobster tails that are so big and very tender!
Disclaimer: Please note The Keg invited me to preview their new cocktails and paid for my dinner, but all opinions, as always, are my own.