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Canada's Next Great Cocktail: A Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek

We set out to create Canada’s Next Great Cocktail to celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday.

Sponsors: Air Canada & Lot No. 40

The Bloody Caesar has been Canada’s go-to drink for almost 50 years. As much as Canadians love a good Caesar – to the tune of 350 million orders each year – we’re mixing things up with a brand new national cocktail for Canada 150.

Samantha's cocktail; Shane's cocktail

Bartenders Samantha Casuga (left) and Shane Beehan (right) mix up original drinks in their quest to create Canada's Next Great Cocktail.

We invited five of the country’s top bartenders to remote Fogo Island, Newfoundland, in the depths of winter for a three-day getaway and gave them a mission: Create Canada’s Next Great Cocktail. We wanted to use Canadian rye whisky, our national spirit, as the base for our drink. We asked our favourite brand, Lot No. 40, to join our collaboration.

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn.

Bartenders Amber Bruce (from Vancouver), Samantha Casuga (from Calgary), Gord Hannah (from Toronto), Kate Boushel (from Montreal) and Shane Beehan (from Halifax) crossed the country to join Air Canada enRoute and Lot No. 40 brand ambassador Dave Mitton at Fogo Island Inn. The group gathered in the cozy hotel lounge, where each bartender presented an original cocktail to be evaluated based on taste, presentation, accessibility and inspiration.

Tower Studio, Shoal Bay

Canada's Next Great Cocktail bartenders head to Tower Studio in Shoal Bay.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more, and stay tuned on June 26, when we reveal Canada’s Next Great Cocktail. The drink will be available at The Keg all summer.

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