Mixologist: Crazy Uncle

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Toronto brothers Bruno and Davide Codispoti, looking upon Canada Club’s efforts to sell canned rye and cola, the seemingly endless supply of syrupy-sweet pina coladas on the LCBO shelf, presumably looked at each other and said, “Damn, surely we can do better!”

Happily, they did. Their line of Crazy Uncle culinary cocktails is a line of one-pour drinks designed by Toronto mixologist Frankie Solarik, of Bar-Chef. If one pour is too convenient for you, just add club soda or ice.

The Basil Lime & Honey Daiquiri combines lime, pineapple, coconut, honey, basil, and something slightly spicy for a fresh take on the summer’s best cocktail, the daiquiri. It comes with a rimmer of lime peel and elderflower sugar.

The Mint & Cola Bitters Julep is an earthier cocktail, made with cardamom, star anise, clove, lime, and mint, with a rimmer of lime, mint, and sugar. It’s unlike any julep out there, but it works well at the end of a long summer day.

Crazy Uncle products are made with vodka and weigh in at fourteen per cent alcohol by volume. They come in one litre bottles ($18-$19), which can be divvied up between seven or eight people, should you be inclined to share.

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