Canadian Cocktail Recommendation: L’Habitant


This is a lesser-known Canadian cocktail than the last one I shared (though there still are over 8 million Google references, so it isn’t by any means obscure), which deserves to be better known, IMO; it’s so easy to make…

L’Habitant, or the Habitant cocktail, is named after the original French farmers who settled in Quebec; ‘Habitant’ is also the name of a line of Canadian soups (the French-Canadian pea soup is their best-known brand), and “Les Habitants”, or more commonly, “the Habs”, is the nickname of the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team.

The recipe is simple: 1 1/2 oz. Canadian whisky, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, and 1/4 oz. maple syrup, shaken with ice, and strained into a cocktail glass, garnished with a maraschino cherry.  (Rye whisky can be substituted.)

The sweetness of the maple syrup is balanced by the bite of the lemon juice; the combination is…

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