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Toronto gets its own cocktail

George Brown student wins competition with her creation – the Toronto Wise Guy.

Claire Freel is in her last year of the advanced wine and beverage business management program at George Brown College. She’s the mastermind behind Hogtown’s official new cocktail — the Toronto wise guy.

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Claire Freel is in her last year of the advanced wine and beverage business management program at George Brown College. She’s the mastermind behind Hogtown’s official new cocktail — the Toronto wise guy.

Singapore’s sling and New York’s Manhattan can step aside. There’s a new boozer in town — the Toronto wise guy.

Thanks to George Brown student Claire Freel, Hogtown can now pride itself on having a cocktail of its own.

“All my family tasted it and liked it, so it must be good,” Freel said.

So did a panel of judges — the likes of O&B co-owner Michael Bonacini, Bar Raval partner Robin Goodfellow and Corby’s trade and marketing manager Ryan Powell — who know a thing or two about what it takes to make it in the biz. Freel’s drink took top prize in the recent Toronto Winning Ways competition.

Organized by George Brown and the Toronto Board of Trade, the competition challenged people to create cocktails that capture the essence of what make the city “a great place to live, work and play." 

For Freel, that meant drawing on Toronto’s multiculturalism. And, of course, a little bit of personal preference.

“I’m a whisky girl,” she said as she mixed ingredients behind the counter at The Chefs’ House. “I wanted to play on the mojito flare and come up with a drink that’s local, foreign, exotic and wonderful.”

She tried to use as few ingredients as possible, but you’ll have to wait about five minutes at the bar if you want one made right, she said. Simply put, mixing it all up is a bit complex.

The wise guy will be available at the Chefs’ House near King and Sherbourne starting next week.

It will make its official debut at the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s annual gala on Jan. 18.

What's in a name?

In naming her drink, Freel was looking to make a play on the drink’s use of whisky (like Wiser’s) while being a bit creative at the same time.

“I hope when people hear the name they’ll be like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’” she said. “It’s both classy, cheeky but also tricky. This is whisky after all.”

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How to make it

— 1.5-ounces Wiser’s whisky

— 2 ounces ginger ale

— Half teaspoon minced ginger

— 1.5-ounces lime juice

— 3 stems of fresh mint.

— Add ice and shake

— Strain mixture over ice

— Top up glass with ginger ale and stir

— Garnish with mint sprig or lime wedge

Why a wise guy?

 

In naming her drink, Freel was looking to make a play on the drink’s use of whisky (like Wiser’s) while being a bit creative at the same time.

 

“I hope when people hear the name they’ll be like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’” she said. “It’s both classy, cheeky but also tricky. This is whisky after all.”

 

Box:

 

How to make it

 

— 1.5-ounces Wiser’s whisky

— 2 ounces ginger ale

— Half teaspoon minced ginger

— 1.5-ounces lime juice

— 3 stems of fresh mint.

— Add ice and shake

— Strain mixture over ice

— Top up glass with ginger ale and stir

— Garnish with mint sprig or lime wedge

Why a wise guy?

 

In naming her drink, Freel was looking to make a play on the drink’s use of whisky (like Wiser’s) while being a bit creative at the same time.

 

“I hope when people hear the name they’ll be like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’” she said. “It’s both classy, cheeky but also tricky. This is whisky after all.”

 

Box:

 

How to make it

 

— 1.5-ounces Wiser’s whisky

— 2 ounces ginger ale

— Half teaspoon minced ginger

— 1.5-ounces lime juice

— 3 stems of fresh mint.

— Add ice and shake

— Strain mixture over ice

— Top up glass with ginger ale and stir

— Garnish with mint sprig or lime wedge