Canadian Dividend Stocks, Whiskey & Cocktails

My Bar

My Current Home Bar

Welcome to my bar.

Although this website was created to chronicle my journey of investing, early retirement goals & financial planning – I thought it would also be fun to include one of my other passions/pleasures – booze.

I’ve always enjoyed having drinks with friends & family, but over the last couple of years I’ve been a lot more interested in the craft of making drinks, experimenting with new flavors, and trying different types of alcohol.   We recently moved into a new house this past year – and I finally got my own little bar in the family room.

I plan on using this section of the website to chronicle my journey into learning more about spirits, liqueurs & cocktails.  I’d like to also use this spot to track some new concoctions I’ve made.

Below are a few of my recent concoctions.

Whiskey Sour

The Pink Lady

Negroni Fizz


Amaretto Sour

The Chan Man

Maraschino Sour



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I like this drink because it is easy to make, uses my favorite spirit (Bourbon) and packs a punch.  This drink is very similar to another favorite of mine (Negroni), except it uses Bourbon instead of Gin.


1 & 1/2 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon

1 oz Campari

1 oz Cinzano

Lemon Peel

Directions:  Stir on ice for 10 seconds & strain into old fashioned/rocks glass over a large ice cube.  Garnish with a lemon twist.


Pimms Cup/Pitcher


This is my go to summer drink at the cottage.  There are many reasons to like a Pimm’s cup, namely:

  • Extremely refreshing
  • Can make a pitcher or a single glass
  • There is no right/wrong way to make a Pimm’s- -experiment with different fruits, veggies. liqueurs, and measurements.

When I am making a pitcher – I usually include the following:

  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Strawberies
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

When I am making a single glass, I usually just use cucumber & mint, but add some Cointreau.

Directions:  Add whatever fruits, veggies and herbs to a pitcher filled with ice.  Pour as much Pimm’s as you want in (depending on personal preference), top with Ginger ale.  Enjoy.




I decided to use Knob Creek 100% rye for this variation, as I haven’t had it in a while and wanted to see how it would blend in a Manhattan.  I also used Cinzano instead of the normal go to Martini branded Vermouth as I already had an open bottle.  Truth be told I recently bought a bottle of Dillons Sweet Vermouth which I have been really wanting to try – but decided against opening it until my current bottle of Cinzano was empty.


2 oz Rye Whiskey (I used Knob Creek 100% rye small batch pictured above)

.75 oz Sweet Vermouth (I used Cinzano)

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Garnish with 2 Cherries



Add all ingredients to mixing glass filled with Ice, stir for 10-15 seconds.  Strain into martini/cocktail glass & garnish with a cherry or two.

Overall it was pretty tasty – and very boozy.  You will feel a buzz after a sip or two.  I’m not a huge fan of Cinzano- so I’d like to try this again once I replace my vermouth with Dillons or Martini again.



Rum Old Fashioned:

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Lately I’ve been sipping on Diplomatico Exclusiva Rum. It is great on its own – however I was curious to try it in a cocktail.  I checked out the Diplomatico website to see what they recommended -and noticed they had a recipe for a Rum old fashioned.  This made me very happy – as this is my favorite cocktail – with my current favorite sipper…Needless to say I had to try it.

This rum is very sweet on its own – so I reduced the amount of simple syrup I’d normally use.


  • 2.5 Oz Diplomatico Exlusiva Rum
  • .25 oz Simple Syrup
  • 4 Dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • Orange Zest/Orange peel GarnishDirections: Add Rum, Simple, Bitters in mixing glass with ice, and stir for 30 seconds.  Strain into cocktail glass/coupe.  Twist orange over drink and drop in.



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This is a drink I had been planning on making for quite some time – but for whatever reason it didn’t happen.  Last night I finally decided to try it – and boy am I glad I did.  It was delicious.

2 oz Brandy
.5 oz Cointreau
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake for 30 seconds.  Strain into a sugar rimmed coupe.  Enjoy!





4 thoughts on “My Bar

  1. I rarely do the mix drinks but curious about your trying them out sometime.
    My Own Advisor got a link on your page so am here. Looking forward to reading your blogs.


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