It seems lately the lady drink selection is limited to wine, wine, or wine. But some of us are more than interested in expanding our boozy palates. That’s why we’re challenging ourselves to consider a bolder libation: whisky.

I’ve long been a fan of whisky-based cocktails. My husband mixes a mean Manhattan: a 2-to-1 mixture of rye and sweet vermouth on the rocks, garnished with a dash of bitters and a Maraschino cherry (or three). And it seems now I’m not alone. According to the latest stats, women and whisky are already friends and our relationship is growing every day.


Whisky distilling can be a process as elegant as winemaking. Take Pike Creek Whisky, a small batch produced boutique-style Canadian whisky that’s been aged in white oak bourbon barrels and then finished in vintage port barrels. The 10-year aging process takes place in a non-temperature controlled warehouse where the barrels are exposed to Canadian fluctuations in temperature and humidity, imparting the bronze-hued liquid the most incredible rich flavour with a slightly bitter finish.

It’s not every day that a cocktail is mixed in your honour but it turns out we are lucky that way! Thanks to Pike Creek Whisky and Corby Spirit and Wine Limited, we spent an afternoon celebrating the unveiling of our very own cocktail: the Brazen Boulevard.

This drink is so sophisticated, so smooth, and so deliciously daring that we can’t wait to share the recipe with you. It isn’t at all frilly or fancy but it is feminine. In fact, there’s almost a lady loose in an old boy’s club quality to it. But beware, boys. She’s not loose; she’s just in charge. Combining sweet vermouth, which plays well with the fruity notes in Pike Creek, and Campari to balance the bitter notes, the Brazen Boulevard delivers a delicious and complex cocktail that’s bold enough for any man and brazen enough for the right kind of woman. It’s best served in a chilled coupe glass, which is essentially a deeper champagne saucer or a flat-bottomed martini glass, rimmed by and garnished neatly with a piece of orange rind.

Cheers: Why Whisky is the New Wine THE BRAZEN BOULEVARD: A Canadian version of the classic Boulevardier

1 ½ oz. Pike Creek Canadian Whisky
¾ oz. Campari
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Rim glass with oil from slice of orange zest and add to drink as garnish.
COCKTAIL TIP: At home, you may prefer this drink on the rocks in a short glass (yes, it’s that potent!). Add a splash of soda from the beloved SodaStream and make your cocktail a little more weeknight-friendly. Or not.



About the author

Colleen Carlisle

Years in the garment industry left Colleen Carlisle with a nasty habit of trend-watching and forecasting. Always obsessed with finding the perfect fit and the most flattering colours, Colleen is in the personal shopping and styling business as a Director with trend-setting accessories company, Stella & Dot.

Colleen is a passionate entrepreneur, an enthusiastic volunteer and a style-savvy dynamo who can't bear to keep her mouth shut no matter the consequences. She is happily married to Mr. Good Times and with their two hilarious children plus a dog called Bones they split their time between her hometown of King City, Ontario, and family homes in Muskoka and on Siesta Key in Florida.

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