Alright, I've got to be totally honest with you guys. I have a love/hate relationship with summer in Montreal.
I know, I know! Summer's great! There's no more snow; we can start biking and walking and enjoying ourselves again; there are tons of super fun activities to do... I mean, yes, I agree, it's great.
But sometimes, Montreal's heat and humidity gets intense. Like, really intense.
Thankfully, there are a couple of things you can do to fend off the heat and keep living your best Montreal summer life. My own personal favourite thing to do? Indulge in a seriously refreshing and tasty drink!
And if you're down for a legitimately yummy, cold drink, then you're going to want to try this Watermelon Teamonade from Café Van Houtte.
Made with lemonade, sencha green tea (which, btw, is a major key in keeping up energy levels, boosting metabolism, and fighting inflammation), and a splash of watermelon and lime, this drink combines sweet, tangy, and earthy flavours into something super refreshing, and mind-blowingly delicious. Plus, since Café Van Houtte is a Montreal-based cafe, you can bank on the fact that they know exactly what it takes to cool you down during our super hot summers.
While you're at it, why not sample one of the other game-changing beverages also guaranteed to keep you cool this summer?
If tea is your thing, then treat yourself to a Matcha Raspberry Frappe (!!!), or a Mango-Honey Rooibos Frappe. Or how about a sparkling Peach Italian Soda which is actual magic in a cup. Chocolate is your bae? Well, friends, prepare to fall in love with the seriously-killer Chocolate Chai Frappe.
Oh, and no worries if cold beverages aren't for you. Café Van Houtte's still got all the steaming hot, 100% fairtrade coffee that you've come to know and love.
Whatever your choice, one thing's for sure: With so many awesome new flavours, Café Van Houtte is definitely going to be my fave for beating the heat this summer. But don't take my word for it, use this $1 off coupon and try any one of their new cold drinks for yourself, available all across Quebec.
So apparently fall is cancelled in Montreal right now because we've been having the hottest weather we've had all summer! Don't get me wrong, I love summer but it's almost October and I'm ready for fall weather now.
But if this is how it's going to be for the next week or so then we might as well make the most of it! There's a new drink this summer that is going viral in the city because it's so pretty and it tastes delicious.
The galaxy lemonade is the perfect drink to beat the sweltering heat this week so if you haven't tried one, now's your chance!
You can get one at Le MajesThé located at 439 Avenue du Président-Kennedy right in the heart of downtown Montreal! This crazy drink surprisingly has no artificial colours and is made with the magic of science.
Some nights you want to just have fun with your girlfriends, have a couple of drinks, and not have to worry about getting hit on by a string of creepy guys. Or maybe you just don't feel like having to get dressed, but you're still in the mood for a girls night.
These drinks are the perfect addition to any girls night. Cute, delicious drinks that are bar worthy but don't require you to leave the comfort of your own home! Whether you're feeling lazy or you want to invite the girls over to show off your skills, these are easy to make and fun to drink!
1. Mango Cocktail
Fresh mango wedges
Combine all ingredients, minus the mango wedges, into a pitcher and stir. Put it in the fridge for an hour or so to allow it to chill. Place mango wedges into glasses, pour in the chilled drink and serve!
1 cup of ice cubes
10 fresh mint leaves
white rum (1 shot per glass)
1/2 cup club soda
lime cut into wedges
Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, then fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir and add more sugar to taste. Extra points if you use a lime wedge to garnish the glass.
1-1/2 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or another orange flavor liqueur of your choosing
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Place all ingredients into a shaker and shake well. Use salt to rim the glasses for an authentic look. Using a strainer, pour contents of shaker into your salt rimmed glass and enjoy!
4. Blended Raspberry Lemonade
Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka
Fill a blender with ice and add in desired amount of vodka. Pour in lemonade and blend until it is the perfect slushy. Pour into a glass and add a straw! Simple and delicious.
5. Ginger Shandies
Fill your glass halfway with beer and the with rest ginger ale. Add in a lemon or lime wedge for extra flavor.
Combine vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice into a blender with 2 cups ice and blend. If you blend too much and loose the slushy-ness, add more ice. Pour the slush into glasses and enjoy!
7. White Sangria
White wine (fruity/citrus flavors work best!)
Black Raspberry Liqueur
Orange juice or Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)
The best part about sangria is how easy it is to make! Combine all ingredients into a pitcher, stir and serve!
8. Berry Punch
Frozen fruit berry mix
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until everything has been turned into liquid. Feel free to leave it a little slushy if you want. Pour into glasses and serve.
9. Peach Wine Cooler
3 cups seltzer
1 cup peach juice
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
4 slices fresh peach
Combine seltzer, peach juice and white wine in a pitcher. Add in honey if you want it to be extra sweet! Stir all together until thoroughly blended and honey, if added, has been dissolved. Garnish glasses with peach slices, pour and enjoy.
10. Ginger Sangria
1 Bottle of red wine
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
1 Lime cut into wedges
2 Tbsp sugar
Splash of orange juice or lemonade
2 Shots of gin or triple sec (optional)
1 Cup of raspberries or strawberries (thawed or frozen)
4 Cups ginger ale
Pour wine into a large pitcher and squeeze the juice from the lemon, orange and lime into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges then add sugar, orange juice and gin. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale, berries and ice just before serving. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
Summer may be winding down but you don't have to let your liver know that. Keep the spirit of Summer alive with the quintessential Summer drink: Sangria. Nothing quenches thirst and repels the harsh rays of the sun better than the magical combination of liquor, juice, and wine that is sangria. Here are some of the best spots in Montreal to enjoy the tasty Summer drink.
Rocking one of the largest terraces in Montreal, Saint Sulpice is always a great option to enjoy some sangria with friends. A front terrace is also available, along with four other floors all equipped with bars, if they huge back terrace gets full. If you've ever been to Saint Sulpice on a Friday or Saturday in the Summer then you know how full it can get, so rest assured there are other options to sit and drink.
Diablos BBQ Smokehouse
BBQ joints don't exactly scream sangria, but Diablos breaks the mold. With an entire two pages devoted solely to sangria (all taken from the 'Punches & Sangrias recipe book), the Diablos sangria list features (below) cool concoctions likes the Sakegria (made with Japanese sake), among many others. For an even cooler cool-down drink, try out Diablos' alcoholic slushy drinks, made with their own in-house slushy machine!
SKY Pub Club
Taking it over to the gay side of town/the village, SKY is the go-to sangria spot. Sporting a sexy rooftop terrace, and epically large 4L pitchers of sangria, SKY is a venue for all summer alcoholics. If you're feeling frisky SKY even has its own hot tub on the roof, just be sure to bring your own swimsuit. No commandos allowed.
Students of McGill are well aware of the crazy drink specials at Gerts, and no other gets the student body more rowdy than Wednesday Sangria Night. Hump day is celebrated at Gerts with $11 pitchers of sangria, arguably the cheapest in the city. Gerts is open to the general public, not just students, so feel free to drop in on a Wednesday for a very sweet deal.
Make Your Own!
Ok, a slight cop-out, but people don't realize just how easy sangria is to make, and much more affordable if you do it yourself. A basic recipe goes as follows:
One Base Alcohol (typically brandy, but vodka or even gin is ok) + Liqueur (like peach schnapps or triple sec) + Soda/Pop (sprite and ginger ale work well) + Juice & Fruits (orange being the classic) + Wine to top it off
So many variations can be made, such as Spiced Pomegranate Sangria or Kiwi-Apple White Sangria. Just be sure to get the portions to your alcoholic liking!
Did we miss any awesome sangria spots that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @MTLBlog #sangria. Happy Drinking!
You enter your nearest dep and you’re crunched for time. The predrink started two hours ago and if you don’t hurry all of your friends will just head to the party without you. Or, even worse, you won’t have nearly enough time to get crunk’d before you head to da club. In a mad frenzy you head straight to the wine section (your trying to be classily –trashy this evening btw, hence the wine) with no regard for any human life that stands between you and your bottle. Atta girl.
Upon arrival you stand awe-struck at the vast selection of inebriating liquids gleaming before you. Reds, white, or rosé? Which to choose? Well red makes your lips look like a wino and rosé is only for the indecisive so you go for white.A solid colour choice. With only your wallet in mind you grab the cheapest bottle and bust a nut outta there.
Wrong move, bro.
While I truly respect the need for frugality there are many other factors to consider when choosing your wine/drank of choice. To the classy: taste, year, region, and bottling method can make or break a covenant between one’s liver and an alcohol. That is not us. To the simple functional alcoholic only two more factors must be considered for the optimal drinking choice: price and size.
Recognize/analyze/memorize the diagram below. Something I refer to as the Wine Trifecta:
On the top of the triangle we have the most important element, alcohol percentage. Sure the bottle you grabbed for uber-cheap may be affordable, but, what’s this? Only 8% alcohol percentage?! Blasphemy! We’re much more hardcore than that.
Following in importance is price. Some bottles may rank high on the alcohol chart but will cost ya a pretty penny. A certain amount of trash must be imbued into class so maintain the rule that any wine purchased (at least if it’s fueling a night of debauchery and not a classy dinner party) cannot be above 13-15 dollars. ALWAYS take price into consideration. No one likes to get ripped off right? Plus more money saved means more money to buy drinks lata. Forward thinking alcoholism!
To make or break many a decision is the size/fluid content of a bottle. You may have a 11% bottle of white that’s only 9 bucks, but it’s only 750ml! An informed consumer would buy the 1L bottle that’s only a dollar more. Use your head...to shut it up with alcohol to the optimal level.