Red Willow Sunrise Cocktail


This delicious cocktail conjures up images of the beautiful Alberta prairies. It was concocted by Steph, Jake and I one hot summer day in homage to Red Willow, a community in the County of Stettler, Alberta, where musky Red Willow grows in abundance and the sunrises and sunsets take your breath away. Add to this Strongbow cider and Campari and you have a cocktail that leaves an imprint on your mind, heart and every single taste bud. It will wake you up, give you a little slap in the face and make you want more. We all have different memories of what was in the first one. Steph insists we added this strange ginger wine and Jake thinks we might have added frozen juice mix. I know we floated an orange slice on top and cider and campari were the base ingredients. You need something to round the tartness of the cider and the bitterness of the campari. Recently I discovered the perfect foil: rhubarb simple syrup. Rhubarb is the revered fruit of the Canadian prairies and this addition brings the cocktail to full prairie circle. This being said, experiment…but make sure you use the base of cider, campari and an orange slice. Add to it a bunch of memories of being with the people you love. -bvox

Red Willow Sunrise Cocktail
1 ounce campari
1 ounce rhubarb simple syrup
Orange slice (other fruit is welcome)
Strongbow cider

Fill a glass with ice. Add compari, simple syrup (or ginger wine or frozen juice mix), orange slice and top with cider. Adjust quantities to your taste.

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2 thoughts on “Red Willow Sunrise Cocktail

  1. julia christine stephen July 5, 2012 at 10:51 am Reply

    The family is going to Ol’ McDonald Resort in a couple of weeks, we will have to try this since we will be in the Stettler area. 🙂

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