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Holiday Spirit: On the Eve cocktail at The Hardbord Room

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Holiday Spirit: On the Eve cocktail at The Hardbord Room

On the Eve cocktail created by Liz Campbell at The Harbord Room.

This week we asked Liz Campbell, The Harbord Room's bar manager to concoct a festive cocktail for our Holiday Spirit experts' spotlight. Here's what you need for Campbell's On The Eve cocktail* she created for ELLE Canada. -rocks glass -1.5 oz Plymouth Gin -.5 oz Barenjager Honey Liqueur -.75 oz candied ginger syrup -.5 fresh lemon juice -6 fresh cranberries 3 slices red apple Garnish: N/A (but we used a holiday sprig for our EC photo) 1. In the base of a shaker, muddle the cranberries and apple slices with the candied ginger syrup. Click through to see how the On the Eve cocktail is made and our Q&A with Campbell! 2. Pour in the gin, honey liqueur and juice and enough ice cubes to fill a rocks glass. Cover and shake hard but briefly. 3. Pour unstrained into a rocks glass and serve.  What inspired you to create this concoction? "Every Christmas Eve, my boyfriend and I head to his mum’s house where we drink cocktails and settle in for a game of Russian Rummy. Last year we overloaded on delicious boozy, but extremely heavy eggnog. This year I wanted something a little livelier, Russian Rummy is a long game!" Is there any type of food/dessert you would pair with On the Eve? "The cocktail has quite a rich texture. You get sweetness from the apple and ginger which balances out the tartness from the fresh cranberries and lemon. There will definitely be a cheese board close by when On The Eve is first served!" What's the telltale sign of a good cocktail? "When the shaker and stirrer has passion, knowledge and wisdom! Your cocktail will always taste better when you use fresh, seasonal and local produce with high-quality liquor." What's your favourite holiday tradition? "I do love my Christmas Eve here in Canada although being Australian, I definitely miss Christmas lunch under the hot sun in my dad’s backyard, which is always followed by a friendly game of cricket at the park!" Favourite holiday drink? "I love the way a room smells when there is a Glogg simmering somewhere on a stove top, it instantly warms the soul." *Try the On the Eve cocktail this weekend only at The Harbord Room, 89 Harbord St., Toronto.
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Holiday Spirit: On the Eve cocktail at The Hardbord Room