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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Last modified on 2014-05-03 21:31:05 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


I can’t get enough smoothies these days. They’re easy to make and the flavour combinations are endless. This chocolate cherry smoothie is one of my favourites and is so good that it’s usually gone in less than the time it took to whiz it up!


~ Makes 1 smoothie ~


  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 scoop Vega protein powder 
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon good quality maple syrup


In a blender, combine the cherries, protein powder, cocoa powder, almond milk, cacao nibs and maple syrup. Blend on high speed for 60 seconds, or until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Never-fail Cosmopolitans

Last modified on 2014-03-31 00:02:43 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Whether it’s for a holiday party or a way to cap off a rough work week, every gal needs a go-to cocktail recipe… and we have found it. These Never-fail Cosmopolitans are not too sweet, not too bitter, and completely hit the spot. Be careful though – these ones go down easy! This recipe makes 4 cocktails, so mix it up ahead of time, and simply shake it over ice when your Guests arrive.
Yield: 4 Martinis
  • 2-4 oz Lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  • 4 oz Triple sec (or other orange liqueur like Grand Marnier)
  • 7 oz Cranberry cocktail (do not use low-cal – the flavour will suffer!)
  • 7 oz Vodka

Holiday Variation: Use pomegranate cranberry juice (instead of cranberry cocktail) and pomegranate seeds to garnish the cocktail.


Mix all ingredients together. When ready to serve, chill the martini glass by filling it with water and ice. Pour the mix into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously over ice for 30 seconds (count it – it’s longer than you think!).

Pour out the ice water from the martin glass and strain the shaken Cosmo into the chilled glass. Enjoy!

Chocolate-Covered Blueberry Clean Shake

Last modified on 2013-09-23 15:42:24 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

shake2What better way to start the day than with a refreshing, satisfying breakie that’s portable and delicious. But have you reached your maximum on the traditional berries, almond milk, banana, etc? I recently had a breakthrough that shook up my morning routine – a Chocolate-Covered Blueberry Clean Shake.
What makes this shake so fresh and so clean? And how did chocolate get in there? Well, a hand full of spinach for starters. This leafy green gets whipped up into oblivion, so all you can taste are the amazing health benefits it provides. It has blueberries which are high in antioxidants, and a couple of scoops of almond butter for protein and energy. And to top it off, a tablespoon of chocolate gives it a rich I-can’t-believe-this-is-good-for-me flavour, sweetened with all natural Stevia. If you’re ready to shake things up in your smoothie repertoire, give this recipe a shot!
  • 2 large handfuls frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup tightly packed spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds or meal
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder or carob powder
  • dash of ground cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Stevia to sweeten to taste
In a blender, puree all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Q&A with Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Last modified on 2013-08-01 17:35:36 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Q&A with Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer from Justine Frostad on Vimeo.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer has become a summer tradition for many people in the city. More than 30,000 people attended the three-day event, which featured more than 300 brands of beer!

Disaronno’s The Mixing Star 2013

Last modified on 2013-06-26 16:25:07 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


Toronto’s top bartenders gathered at Spoke Club for “The Mixing Star” competition earlier this month, hosted by Disaronno liqueur. The challenge was to create a unique cocktail inspired by a film, using Disaronno as the main ingredient, and mix it in front of a panel of judges in less than six minutes.

I had the pleasure of covering the event for Citybites.ca and was amazed at the unique creations these bartenders came up with. Simon Hooper, a bartender at Toronto’s Bloke and 4th, took home “The Mixing Star” title and seemed over-the-moon that he will get to compete in the next leg of the competition, which is held in Amsterdam. He won for his drink, “Juan Gallardo the Matador.” You can find the recipe for his impressive cocktail below in case you want to try your hand at it.


Juan Gallardo the Matador

  • 20 mL Disaronno
  • 20 mL Cazadorez Anejo Tequilla
  • 20 mL Martini & Rosso Sweet Vermouth
  • 20 mL Freshly squeezed Orange Juice
  • 2 dashes Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters
  • CO2 Fog Dry Ice Pellets

Set two glasses next to each other on a marble plate, ensuring a bell jar can cover both glasses. Combine three tablespoons Lapsang Souchong tea in a loose tea bag and steep in 60 mL of boiling water. Set aside. In a shaker, combine Disaronno, Cazadores Anejo Tequilla, Martini & Rosso Sweet Vermouth, freshly squeezed orange juice and Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters. Add ice. Shake hard and fine strain into one of the glasses. Fill the other glass with dry ice pellets (be careful!). Pour Lapsang Souchong tea over dry ice and cover both glasses with the bell jar. Allow the CO2 fog to engulf the glasses for 30 seconds. Remove the bell jar and serve.

The Mixing Star 2013 from Justine Frostad on Vimeo.

Strawberry & Lime Margarita Popsicles

Last modified on 2013-05-06 14:51:21 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


cincoWhat better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or a hot summer day for that matter, than with a margarita popsicle!? These icy pops are flavorful and are made with ingredients you’ll feel good about (tequila included!).

Once I blended the fresh fruit, sweet honey and tequila, I could have easily stopped there and thrown a straw in the blender. However, patience pays off in this case because the popsicle version is way more fun, not to mention portable, so you can enjoy your margarita as you travel from pre-drink to bar on Cinco de Mayo!

~Makes 6 popsicles, depending on size~



  • 2 pints (24-oz) fresh strawberries, hulls removed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons tequila
  • Ice, for blending


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze without the stick-tops for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove popsicles from the freezer. Add stick tops and freeze overnight. Enjoy!!


Pear and Lemon Bellinis

Last modified on 2013-04-29 20:32:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


Spring is in the air, and what better way to embrace the sunshine than with a delicious, sparkling cocktail! Enjoy these Pear-Lemon bellinis as a great afternoon aperitif, or a refreshing start to dinner.

~ Serves 5 – 6 ~


  • 2 pears, peeled and cored
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine or Prosecco
  • 6 sprigs thyme (optional garnish)


  1. In a food processor or blender, buzz together the pears and the lemon juice. NOTE: You should do this just before serving the drinks, otherwise the pears will oxidize and turn brown.
  2. Spoon 2 table spoons of the mix into a champagne flute or a bistro glass. Top with sparkling wine, mix gently, and garnish with a thyme sprig

Naked ‘n Cranberry*

Last modified on 2012-12-10 17:34:02 GMT. 0 comments. Top.



I got this recipe at the Skinnygirl: How To Entertain Like A Lady event, recently hosted in Toronto. This drink was a crowd favourite and is incredibly festive looking. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s under 50 calories!


  • 1 ½ oz. Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
  • 2-3 oz. diet cranberry juice
  • Fresh cranberries (for garnishing)


In a martini shaker combine vodka and cranberry juice. Fill the martini shaker halfway with ice. Shake for 5-10 seconds, or until very cold. Pour into martini glass and garnish with fresh cranberries.

* I learned this recipe while at a SkinnyGirl Cocktails event called ‘How To Entertain Like A Lady.’ Learn more about the event  here. 

Cranberry Vanilla Bean Skinnytini*

Last modified on 2012-12-11 19:13:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.



So many holiday cocktails to try, so little time! The Cranberry Vanilla Bean Skinnytini is a sweet way to greet guests at your holiday bash or to make with girlfriends for a Christmas movie marathon. Makes enough for 15-20 cocktails.


  • 2 oz. cranberry and vanilla reduction (see recipe below)
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ½ oz. Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
  • 1 oz. sparkling wine, to top


In a martini shaker combine cranberry & vanilla reduction, freshly squeezed lime juice and vodka. Fill the martini shaker halfway with ice. Shake for 5-10 seconds.Pour into martini glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with fresh cranberries or floating lime circle.

NOTE: Add more cranberry and vanilla reduction if you prefer your cocktail a little sweeter.

Ingredients ~ Cranberry and Vanilla Reduction

  • 1 package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • (can substitute for 1 tbsp. of pure vanilla extract)

Directions ~ Cranberry and Vanilla Reduction

In a large pot, combine cranberries, water and sugar. Turn on high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down and add vanilla bean/vanilla extract. Let simmer for 15-30 minutes. Once the cranberries have blistered sufficiently, strain the reduction through a fine sieve and adjust sugar content. You want the cranberry to be the star, creating a nice tartness, while also wanting it to be as sweet as a syrup.

* I learned this recipe while at a SkinnyGirl Cocktails event called ‘How To Entertain Like A Lady.’ Learn more about the event  here. 

Adult Apple Juice

Last modified on 2012-10-29 16:23:08 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


It’s that time of year again to break out the North Face vests, knee-high boots, and knit scarves that have been dormant all summer. Fall is the in the air, and as we like to do with everything, the triple T would like to toast the change in season with a delicious cocktail!

This drink really rests on the quality of apple juice you can get your hands on. The more organic/local/cloudy the juice is – the more legit it’s going to taste in the drink. Why? Because we’re making Adult Apple Cider of course! This drink gets the tangy flavour from the apple juice combined with an infused sugar syrup for spice and vodka for punch.

Since I’m in London at the moment, I had a hard time finding dulce de leche or a caramel sauce to rim the glass, but it would really add umph to this bevvie. Alternatively, you could garnish with thinly sliced apple (cored), or a cinnamon stick a I have done. This drink is perfect for a dinner party or, since it’s October, a Halloween party. Enjoy!

Ingredients (Infused simple syrup)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove

Ingredients (Adult Apple Juice)

  • 1/2 cup apple juice (not cider, as it will already have spicing in it)
  • 1 tbsp of infused sugar syrup (or to taste)
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • cinnamon stick, sliced apple or dulce de leche to garnish

Directions (To make Infused Simple Syrup)
Simply combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Let rest until it is cool and infused with the spices and it is ready to use in the cocktail.

Directions (To make the Adult Apple Cider)
Pour the juice, vodka and infused sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Pour over a low-ball glass with ice. To garnish, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with a cinnamon stick.

TTT Drink Contest Winners Announced

Last modified on 2012-07-31 16:56:25 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Passionate Summer Sip

Last modified on 2012-07-16 16:44:42 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


This bubbly summer sip is a combination of coconut water, fruit juice, and Prosecco. I used Ceres fruit juice, “Whispers of Summer,” which is a mix of passion fruit, orange, mango, and peach. You could definitely do a refreshing non-alcoholic version of this drink by swapping the Prosecco for sparkling water. Either way, you can never have too many sweet cocktail ideas on hand this time of year.

~Serves 4~


  • 1/2 Cup coconut water (I used Vita Coco coconut water)
  • 1/2 Cup Ceres “Whispers of Summer”
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Bottle of Prosecco


Pour the coconut water and juices into a shaker. Toss in a hand-full of ice, and shake it up! Pour into four glasses, filling them about a third of the way. Top with Prosecco and garnish with the fresh fruit of your choice (I chose fresh Ontario strawberries!)

Happy Summer sipping!

TTT’s First Contest ~ Sipping on Summer

Last modified on 2012-07-04 16:07:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

It’s that time of year again… drum roll please… patio season! Most people have a go-to summer sip, and we want to know about yours. Send us a photo of your favourite summer drink – homemade or otherwise – and you could WIN! If your photo makes it to the top three, we’ll send you a Drinking Buddy Wine Topper & Charms Set and your photo will be featured in TTT’s Drink section.

So the next time you’re sipping on summer be sure to snap a shot & send it in. You can tweet us a photo @tickettotasty or post one on our Facebook wall with the hash tag #sippingonsummer.

~ The (thirsty) Ticket to Tasty Team

 Contest Rules: 

Entry in this contest allows Ticket To Tasty to use your photography online. Prize has no cash value. Winners will be notified via email July 20th, 2012 and will have 1 week to respond with a vaild mailing address, otherwise the runners up will be awarded the prize. * * * Contest ends July 15th, 2012.

Pineapple Papaya Delight

Last modified on 2012-07-19 14:12:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


I recently visited Jamaica with friends, and got used to the endless cocktail possibilities at your fingertips when you have access to fresh, melt-in-your-mouth fruit everyday.The bartender at our villa, Keno, was an absolute superstar when it came to creating blended drinks out of the fruit we had on hand each day. He came up with this gem and as one of the very willing taste testers, I can assure you it worth raising a glass to! Cheers, Mon! * Special thanks to the hosts of this incredible trip, the lovely Signe Simon & Scott Coulter ♥♥♥


  • 1/2 a lime, squeezed
  • 1/3 a papaya, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 a pineapple, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 an orange, peeled
  • 1/2 a mango, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup crushed ice


Toss all these tasty ingredients into the blender and blend away until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with a tiny umbrella if you have one on hand because, let’s face it, those are just plain adorable and we don’t use them nearly enough. Garnish with a slice of one of the fruits used in the drink. Note: All fruit was peeled and chopped before blending.

Mad Men ~ The Cable Car

Last modified on 2012-03-21 15:25:05 GMT. 1 comment. Top.


When I think of Mad Men, I think of cocktails . . . at all hours . . . all the time.  So, while drinking at work would normally be a career-limiting move, my job in the restaurant industry does have cocktail ideation for the bar menu once a year.  That is where I fell in love with my favourite cocktail: The Cable Car.

This cocktail is a variation of the classic Sidecar. Whereas the Sidecar dates back to World War I, the Cable Car is a recent creation, as far as drinks go.  It was created in 1996, by Tony Abou-Ganim, as a signature cocktail for the Starlight Room (a cocktail lounge in San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel).

The Sidecar uses cognac as its base spirit, while the Cable Car opts for spiced rum, namely, Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum.  The vanilla spice in this drink is just killer, and is an approachable cocktail for females and males alike.  Say “bye-bye” to your usual vodka soda with lime, and shake this one up for yourself!


  • 1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan spice rum
  • 3/4 oz orange curacao
  • 1 1/2 oz sour mix (recipe below)
  • Orange peel spiral for garnish
  • Superfine sugar (optional)


  1. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar (in this case I opted for a cinnamon sugar rim!)
  2. Fill your cocktail glass with ice and water to start chilling it.
  3. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Heat the orange peel under a lighter or match for out 1-3 seconds – enough for the aroma to start coming through.  Don’t burn yourself!
  6. Garnish with an orange peel spiral.

Sour Mix Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup waterRoughly 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon (or lime if you prefer)

To Make This Simple Syrup

  1. In a saucepan, bring water & sugar to a boil so the sugar is completely melted into the water.
  2. To make the sour mix: blend two parts fresh lemon juice with one part simple syrup.

Oprah’s Lemon Drop Martini

Last modified on 2012-02-23 04:06:04 GMT. 2 comments. Top.


I must say, in general, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me!  This Lemon Drop Martini recipe, which according to oprah.com is one of her personal favourites, is yet another delicious example of her trust-worthy taste. The lemon juice provides the light, sweet taste of homemade lemonade, while the fresh mint gives it a kick similar to a mojito. I find this cocktail is best served ice-cold, and preferably in a martini glass - think Oprah meets Carrie Bradshaw. Here’s to making every hour “happy,” cheers!

Ingredients (yields 2 servings)

  • 6 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 shots of vodka
  • Ice in a shaker
  • 2 sugar-rimmed martini glass


Squeeze lemons. Mix lemon juice, sugar, and vodka in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and pour into sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve ice-cold.

Kiss Worthy Cocktail

Last modified on 2012-02-11 18:23:02 GMT. 2 comments. Top.


Raspberries are red,
Glasses – get two,
This drink is a treat,
For your Valentine, and you!

Raise a glass, share the love, and toast to a fabulous February 14th with Ticket to Tasty’s refreshing, ruby red cocktail. This Kiss Worthy Cocktail is perfect for a LOVEly evening with your Valentine or your favourite partner-in-cupid-style-crime! Cheers to St. Valentine!


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 package of Crystal Light Raspberry (or any other sugar free brand – with red or pink hues)
  • 1 cup good Vodka
  • 3 cans of Ginger ale
  • 1 cup red sugar crystals
  • Wedge of lemon or lime
To coat the rim of the glasses, first spread the sugar crystals on a small plate. Next, rub a lemon or lime wedge around the rim of the glass so the sugar can to adhere to the rim. Lay the glass on its side so the rim is touching the red sugar crystals and rotate the glass so that the entire rim is coated.
Combine the water, Crystal Light, and Vodka in a one gallon container, shake well and pour into candy-coated glasses. Top each glass off with ginger ale and serve!

The Marvelous Mimosa

Last modified on 2012-01-23 18:30:58 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


It truly doesn’t get any easier than the Marvelous Mimosa. Bubbly and OJ instantly add an element of class to any brunch, beach, movie day or, well, any morning when you want a credible excuse to start drinking before noon.


  • Champagne or sparkling wine (1 bottle)
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice (or a carton of your favourite kind)
  • Clementines


  • Champagne flute(s)
  • Skewer(s)


  1. Fill champagne flute 2/3 full (or 1/3 if dancing on the brunch table isn’t on your list of ‘to-dos’ that day) of chilled champagne or sparkling wine, and top up with fresh-squeezed orange juice.
  2. Peel a Clementine and skewer a few pieces vertically so they fit in the flute.  Place in the glass for a fun twist – after all, who doesn’t love skewered, bubbly-soaked fruit?
  3. Drink and (perhaps the most important step) repeat, as needed.

The Classic Margarita

Last modified on 2012-01-02 14:24:20 GMT. 2 comments. Top.



On my recent trip to Mexico, I had the good fortune of finding out 2 other friends would be in the same area at the exact same time as my girlfriend and I. Coincidence? Probably. Cause for celebration? Absolutely.

We all met up for a triumphant reunion in Playa Del Carmen for a walk through the town, and then stumbled upon this little tiki bar on the beach called “Lido”. My pal Pat said there were two requirements for our Happy Hour: 1) that we went to a bar that had swings, and 2) that the Margaritas were the real deal. Mission accomplished.

We enjoyed these delicious, made-from-scratch Margaritas swinging by the beach. The secret to this great Margarita is that the limes were freshly squeezed and good quality tequila. The authentic flavour really shined through without being masked by any sugary pre-made concoction. Enjoy this simple cocktail at home and make your own escape this winter – the swing is only optional.


  • 2 ounces tequila made from 100% agave, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for garnish


Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Moisten rim of Margarita or other cocktail glass with lime juice or water. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake the cocktail vigorously with two hands so the cocktail gets icy cold and frothy. Strain drink into glass and serve.


A Berry Tasty Smoothie

Last modified on 2011-12-22 13:48:51 GMT. 2 comments. Top.



Berries, bananas, and yogurt ~ oh my! Smoothies are a cinch to make, and yet I always forget what a refreshing treat you can have in just a few easy steps. Since you can use frozen berries, smoothies can be a go-to snack or even a light meal, all year round. For this triple berry smoothie I used Greek yogurt, which gives it a thick, velvety texture and keeps you feeling full longer. Frothy, healthy, and certainly tasty; I have two words for you …drink up!


  1. 1 cup frozen mixed berries ~ (I used strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  2. 2 bananas
  3. 1 cup orange juice
  4. 1 cup Greek yogurt


  • Blend the ingredients until smooth
  • Serves two, so you can share (or have seconds!)

The Ice Cream Sun-Drink

Last modified on 2012-08-28 14:58:10 GMT. 1 comment. Top.


There are times when you need to turn yourself over to the bartender and just let them work their magic.  Sitting poolside, with the ocean mere steps away, the sound of waves crashing around me, on a gorgeous day in Grenada, was one of those times.

The bar at La Luna is picturesque and full of so many fabulous alcoholic beverage options that it made my indecisive head swirl.  So, I had no choice but to hand over my drink destiny to the local bartender, Dexter Fletcher. Well, am I ever glad I did, because he did not disappoint!  He crafted me a sweet, creamy, and refreshing cocktail that I affectionately dubbed, “The Ice Cream Sun-Drink.” It turns out the name was quite fitting because the closer I got to the bottom of the glass; the more tempted I was to ask for a spoon! Without further ado, here is his recipe for “The Ice Cream Sun-Drink.” Cheers!

WARNING: After sipping this drink you may have an insatiable desire to go on vacation!


  • 2 shots Clarkes Court Rum (Can substitute for your favourite rum)
  • 4 shots coconut cream
  • 1 cup ice
  • Drizzle of blue curacao (for garnishing)
  • Drizzle of chocolate syrup (for garnishing)


Blend the rum, coconut cream and ice until smooth. Drizzle chocolate sauce in the cocktail glass, pour in the creamy cocktail mixture and drizzle blue curacao as desired. Top with a cherry.

Kentucky Derby Mint Juleps

Last modified on 2011-12-02 18:40:01 GMT. 0 comments. Top.


On the fantastic adventure that was The Derby Experience, former WEBN. reporter Saniya Ghanoui learned what goes into a true Kentucky Mint Julep. Giddy up!

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  1. pauline

     /  December 9, 2011

    wow some amazing recipes – will have to work my way through them – the ice cream sun drink is a must ! Also the toblerone cookies !

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