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Holiday spirit: How to make the bootlegger’s passion at E11even
E11even restaurant may have one of the most fashionable clienteles in the entire city—so we couldn’t resist asking this Toronto hotspot to create a custom concoction for ELLE Canada. We caught up with E11even’s sommelier extraordinaire, Jonathan MacCalder, who made us a killer cocktail. Here’s what you need for the "Bootlegger’s Passion," created by MacCalder for ELLE Canada. 1.5 oz Seagram’s VO (Crown Royal also works well, says MacCalder) 1 oz fresh passionfruit juice 0.5 oz cane sugar syrup (1:1 ratio of raw, unrefined sugarcane crystals to water, stir until fully absorbed) 1 oz egg white (far superior than without it, MacCalder assures us, as it adds texture)
Read more on the E11even cocktail on the next page and Q&A with McCalder…
Directions Throw everything into a cocktail mixer and shake well. Pour over ice and garnish creatively.
What would you pair with this drink?
MacCalder: Passion fruit is a citrus similar in nature to lime or lemon. It has a rounded, refreshing nature–so we suggest pairing it with tuna tartare or crab cocktail or any seafood dishes.
What is the telltale sign of a good cocktail?
MacCalder: A good cocktail is one that puts a bounce in your step and makes the conversation flow. It can be fancy or simple but balance is THE most important aspect to a cocktail.
What is your favourite New Years tradition?
MacCalder: Actually, some of my best New Years have been
after midnight–The last few years, I’ve celebrated by throwing a brunch/day party on January 1st. It’s way more relaxed and fun because there’s no pressure, so everyone is in a great mood!"