Call your father, better yet, make him a drink. Friendly reminder: it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 19th and you don’t want to disappoint the man who taught you how to drive stick, came to all your T-ball games, and still doesn’t *really* know what your job is.
This whisky beer cocktail that I’ve named “Scout’s Honour” is inspired by an original tipple that my Dad (Scott) developed years ago. I’ve taken the foundations of my father’s creation and elevated it with a beautiful craft beer brewed in the Ottawa Valley, Whitewater Brewing Co.’s North Meets South Nordic Pale Ale.
Tune into CTV Ottawa Morning Live this morning around 8:50 a.m. to watch me shake up this shandy and one other for inspired Father’s Day sipping.
This post is sponsored by Whitewater Brewing Co.
So, what is this beer cocktail that Scott (Scooterman, as I call him) dreamt up? Well, let me tell you. For many years, my Dad was a Coors Light drinker. When he was feeling saucy, he would take a swig or two out of the can and then top it up with Canadian Club rye. I lovingly termed this concoction the “Coors Heavy” but my Mom calls them “Scottails”.
Modelled after Scooterman’s genius, the Scout’s Honour includes both beer and rye but packs in considerably more flavour. A top-notch craft beer is a crucial element in a successful shandy and the North Meets South from Whitewater Brewing Co. is a juicy, hoppy, and easy drinking pale ale that delivers refreshing, tropical flavour. The yeast strain in the beer is “Kveik” from Norway and offers mango and guava flavour. Hops from New Zealand offer a white grape and lime flavour.
The name, “North Meets South”, was inspired by the ingredients used (Nordic yeast + New Zealand hops). I’m building on the juicy, hoppy deliciousness of this craft beer with a splash of Canadian rye whisky that brings notes of dry, cereal spice. The addition of lemon juice, fresh raspberries, and a small splash of simple syrup bring all the elements into perfect harmony for a bright and refreshing patio sipper.
The burning question is: will the Scooterman like it? We’ll find out this Sunday.
Whitewater Brewing Co. is Climate Neutral certified and our beer is brewed in a Bullfrog Powered facility. Meaning, their beer and food is made without negative environmental impact. If you’re planning a visit to the Valley this summer, I highly recommend stopping by one or both of their Brew Pubs – located in Cobden and Foresters Falls respectively.
Juicy, hoppy North Meets South Nordic Pale Ale from Whitewater Brewing Co. offers a great foundation for this whisky beer cocktail. The addition of rye, lemon juice, raspberries, and a splash of simple syrup make this a bright and refreshing patio sipper.
- 4 raspberries
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz rye whisky
- 4 oz Whitewater Brewing Co. North Meets South Nordic Pale Ale
- Garnish: 3 raspberries skewered on a cocktail pick
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
Muddle raspberries with simple syrup in a shaker tin.
Add lemon juice and whisky. Shake over ice until well-chilled.
Strain into a highball glass, top with Whitewater Brewing Co. North Meets South. Stir to combine.
Garnish with 3 raspberries skewered on a cocktail pick.
Add sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Simmer for 5 minutes until fully combined.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.